4/27 Forks to Rain Forest Hostel: 38 miles and 1,387 feet

We stayed in a hotel overnight in Forks. The overnight temperature dropped into the 40s which is tolerable if we were camping out but the rain drove us to stay in doors. I’ve made this plea out loud to the rain god, “rain rain go away and don’t come back until October”, but alas my plea has not been heard and the rain continues. The Hoh Rain Forest in the Olympic Peninsula receives over 100″ of rain a year.

As we left Forks we stopped at the Forks Timber Museum. It was warm and the museum had a nice display of historical artifacts of the timber industry. Greg and Anna were the docents and they gave us a private tour. Anna’s family has lived in the area for three generations and her family has been involved in the timber industry since her grandfather moved to the area. Greg worked as a truck driver for a timber company driving timber from the field.

After the museum we rode to the Hoh Rain Forest. The rain forest receives the most amount of rain in the United States. Moss grows from the tree limbs and there are many ferns growing. There were few cars on the road and we enjoyed the parks to ourselves. We understand there are beautiful hikes here and we’ll have to return in a car.

Our destination for the night is the Rain Forest Hostel. Jimmy the owner was inspired by Bernie Sanders and was very passionate about creating a community. His philosophy is to pay what you can and share in the chores to contribute to the community. We enjoyed the night listening to Hawaiian and Samoan music.

Forks Timber Museum has a good display of information and artifacts about the timber history in Forks
The display shows the evolution of saws used in the timber industry
Timber camp menu
The camp cooks primary tool
Moss grows everywhere
Having lunch along the road
Along the Hoh River
Erika and Jimmy the owner of the Rain Forest Hostel
Rain Forest Hostel

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