Olympic National Park
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Thursday, June 23, 2016
By Montana Pritchard Photography
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After dodging the Seattle rain for 10 days while shooting on location the team was able to steal a few days for an epic hiking and camping trip in the Olympic National Forest. Beginning with an obligatory stop (or two) at REI and some tasty Toppot doughnuts we hopped in our minivan and headed east to the Olympic Peninsula. On our drive the sun shone bright, we had lunch with a view, took more then a few rainbows pics and a had selfie with a bear. We finished the day by setting up camp on the shore of Lake Crescent. We chilled our local hard ciders in the lake and hiked to the Marymere Waterfall and then back to camp for a relaxing night by the campfire. A chilly morning and a very inquisitive squirrel greeted us as we broke camp (we are true Floridians). We took the 101 through the towering Pines to the HOH Rain Forest for some hiking on the Hall of Moss trail. We didn't see Bigfoot, but we are sure he was watching us marvel over the ferns, moss covered trees and HUGE slugs along the trail.

After our hike we traveled over to the coast where we saw a bit of the Twilight famous town, Forks and crossed the "Treaty Line" into La Push. We set up camp in Mora and set out for a beach hike to the Hole-in-the-Wall rock. Finishing the night by watching seals play in the harbor with an amazing sunset as the backdrop we could not have asked for a better day. For our final day we left the coast and headed to higher ground promising Florida born and raised Hailey she would get to see snow. On a perfect sunny day we wound our way up Hurricane Ridge and were greeted with snow covered trees and even a brief snow flurry while we had lunch. We took a loop hike and made friends with several deer and rabbits while building snowmen and making snow angels.  After a sunny ferry ride back to Seattle the team stopped for dinner at the amazing Walrus and Carpenter for some oysters and fresh artisan breads. Finally, we hopped on a red-eye back to a what now seemed like a very hot and humid Palm Beach.

Stay tuned to the blog to see upcoming posts from some of the exciting shoots we have had in between travels.


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Kat - So glad y'all made it out here and had time to camp! Photos look awesome!
Montana Pritchard - It was good to see you! So glad we made it too, it was awesome.