Combining a few favorites…

Combining the mystery of the Hoh Rain Forest (where we spent a wonderful dark and rainy day last spring), the writing of Meghan O’Rourke (a lyrical favorite of mine), and the meditations on silence of George Prochnik (blogged about here a couple times previously), here’s “Lessons in Stillness From One of the Quietest Places on Earth” in case you missed it earlier this month.

THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK stretches down coastal Washington and east toward Seattle on a thumb of land known as the Olympic Peninsula, some 60 miles long by 90 miles wide. Around a three-hour ride by car from Seattle, it feels much farther, as if you have passed into an otherworldly realm. Within it are volcanic beaches scattered with the remains of massive Sitka spruces, evergreen-crowded mountains, broad, flat valleys and the Hoh Rain Forest, through which 12 miles of hiking trails and the glacier-formed Hoh River run. The Park, in total nearly a million acres, is home to what may be the most complex ecosystem in the United States, teeming with big-leaf maples, lichens, alders, liverworts, Monkey flowers, licorice ferns, club mosses, herbs, grasses and shrubs of remarkable abundance.

I’d believe it. A picture from our walk in the Hall of Mosses…

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