IN THE REALM OF GIANTS with Raul Touzon

A trip to Olympic National Park is a journey through five distinct and vastly different eco-systems. From alpine to costal, nature thrives in these latitudes.

Up in the mountains, the morning fog caresses the trees in a never-ending ritual of life giving moist. The romance between mist and Spruce lights up the slopes. In the distance, far away peaks serve as the perfect background for the inquisitive eye.

Further down, in the forest, rain never lets go of its grip. Sunshine is at a premium and light scarce and fleeting. Every corner of this realm is full of slow-running creeks that serve as veins to this gigantic organism. The choirs of heavenly birds break quietness and solitude. Towering Spruces guard nature’s sacred ground while Big Leaf Maples shrouded in curtains of moss, grow amongst blankets of ferns. Life is in abundance and it blooms in force all around you.

The coastal waters are the domains of small islands studded with unreachable solitary trees. Line after line of relentless waves cast reflections of glory and color. Glasses of sand and water serve as mirrors for sun, moon and clouds Row upon row of old logs line the beaches, fallen warriors from weather’s battles.

Mother Nature will surprise you, no matter how many times you have walked these paths; every turn will be different, every sunrise and sunset a surprise. Never take wilderness for granted, nature will throw a curve every time and you must understand, respect and embrace what she is telling you.

Dominating the heart of the peninsula are the Olympic Mountains. Easily reached by Hurricane Ridge, you travel among clouds to find distant mountains painted in layers of soft pastel colors. Down below, the early morning fog blankets the coast. Black-tail deer provide the perfect prop to the magnificent landscape evolving a mile high. Wildflowers paint meadows of color, Foxgloves and Daisies standing tall. This is wilderness that provides nourishment for the soul.

The weather is unpredictable and you are 100% dependent on nature’s whims. Near the coast, constant rains have created cathedrals of green. Rainforests filled with trees of unlimited wisdom. The HOH forest is home to the Hall of Mosses where Cattail Moss hangs from gigantic trees like ragged carpets of green. Trees here are like eerie creatures guarding this sacred ground.

At the Sol Duc Forest, the path to the falls is shielded by giant groves of Sitka Spruce. In this realm you will experience the quietest of all quiets and the solitude of all solitudes. Every step has a purpose, every corner a lesson in evolution, every path decorated by scores of wildflowers.

On the southern tip is Quinault Forest where moss-encrusted Big Leaf Maples glow amongst thousands of fern that thrive on the wet floor. This forest breathes, listens and answers. Salmonberries provide food for Roosevelt Elks and humans alike. A drive around the lake is a journey of discovery as this magnificent evolves in every turn.

The coast is lined with centuries-old logs, giant toothpicks tossed around by ocean’s rage. At low tide, reflections of earth and sky are projected into the sea-soaked sand. Pools provide a micro ecosystem filled with ocean’s riches. Places like Ruby, Rialto and Second Beach provide a front row seat to the beginning and end of each day.

This is nature at its best, a show off of color and drama, a visual extravaganza for the heart and soul.

JUNE 4 TO JUNE 11, 2018

PACKAGE PRICE: $ 3,195

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

Includes 8 Days/7 Nights Of Accommodation, Tuition, One Group Dinner, Local Transportation

Price is per person, single occupancy. Airfare from/to your home cities, airport transfer to the hotel, meals not listed above, alcohol, personal expenses, visas if required are not included.

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Raul Touzon
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Raul Touzon Photography

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