Ruby's Beach in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is a great example of the diversity our national parks have to offer. It has coastal regions, like this shot of Ruby's Beach, rain forest and mountain regions.

My favorite part of our visit was to the beaches. The rock formations jutting out of the Pacific made for great pictures. If you are going to be in Olympic National Park for a longer period of time check the tide charts to see what the best day is to visit at sunset. At one beach we went to the tide was coming in at sunset and took away a few compositions I liked, but we were only there for two days so I didn't have much of a choice to go another day.

Some other places in the park that should definitely be visited are the Hoh Rain Forest and Hurricane Ridge.

A corroding grill over a fire pit

A corroding grill over a fire pit

There were not a lot of closures in Olympic National Park, but we saw the effects of budget cuts in different ways. The effect of the over $10 billion maintenance backlog could be seen right in our own campsite. The grill on our fire pit was very corroded and in need of replacement. I certainly would not want to cook on a bunch of rust and corrosion.  

This would normally be a place to dump waste water or clean dishes, but it now sits with construction unfinished.

This would normally be a place to dump waste water or clean dishes, but it now sits with construction unfinished.

Second Beach in Olympic National Park

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