By Bob Veigel
February 16, 2013
In the north western part of Washington State is a real treasure of a National Park. There aren't many National Parks in which you can go to the beach and walk for miles, visit a rain forest during a shower and then go inland and up into the mountains. This is Olympic National Park. THere are some of the most beautiful sights in the world when you are up at the mountain top visitor center. You can see all the way to Vancover, BC Canada, El San Juan Strait, Seattle Washington. THe rain forest is one of the most beautiful places to visit, even when there is no rain. The plants and trees are very interesting and the explanations of the various plants help you understand their importance to the system. As you drive through the lower areas of the park you will pass through areas in which the trees have been harvested and replanted by various companies. You have the opportunity to see a variety of animals also.When up on the mountain you have the opportunity to get beautiful shots of the deer and squirrels which inhabit the area. There is always snow on the upper elevations. This is just one of the many beautiful National Parks within the system. I have been to Olmpic National Park with my wife several times and this last year my son accompaniedus for the first time and had the oportunity to walk through the rainforest during a rain shower. We also had fun walking along the beach with our two collies. We were camped in one of the park's camp grounds which was located just off the beach.