Observation from ONP

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Observation from ONP

Post by dave54 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:42 pm

RVing in Olympic NP, went for a day hike in the Sol Duc area (salmon jumping at the falls BTW, got some nice action sequence photos). I was surprised at the number of backpackers starting for extended overnight trips, with it currently raining and more rain in the next several days forecast, wearing blue jeans, cotton hoodies and light athletic type sneakers. Several entire parties clad like that.
Looked like adequate good quality gear on their backs, but clothed all wrong. I would think locals would dress better. Maybe those Seattleites are a tougher breed than I.

I almost felt out of place in my rain gear and boots on a slick muddy trail.


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Re: Observation from ONP

Post by rightstar76 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:03 am

I was in Oregon during the winter and visited a park in the foothills of the Cascades. It was raining and cold. The part of the park where there was a huge grassy area was filled with people. There was a canopy spread over picnic tables. People were having birthday parties, barbecues, and kids were out playing ball in the wet grass. It looked like the middle of summer. Pacific Northwesterners sure know how to beat the rain! :)

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Re: Observation from ONP

Post by Wandering Daisy » Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:49 am

We did Olympic Park a few years ago, and lucked out with perfect weather. I decided not to backpack because of the likelihood of rain, and regretted that I did not bring my backpack gear. But we did good day-hikes. On the way back we went down the Washington coast, and I really liked the coast, perhaps more than forests. Some sites in Olympic are pretty touristy- we ran into those big busloads. My cousin lives near the park, and she loves the rain. Some people just are very comfortable in rain; not me!

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Re: Observation from ONP

Post by dave54 » Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:32 pm

There is something surreal about hiking in a rainforest in the rain.
I was surprised at the number of blue jeans and cotton hoodies with no rain shell, even though it was raining at the time
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