Until last week, I didn't know that rain forests existed in the United States. It was just something that had never occurred to me, but nestled in the mountains of the Olympic Peninsula is an amazing temperate rainforest called Hoh Rainforest. Most of the time it's lush and green, and due to some magical witchcraft (not really, it's because of the position of the forest within the mountains) it never snows there.
For some reason (probably my shutter not actually firing) I hardly took any photos while we were there, but it was absolutely beautiful and looked like you'd imagine a real-life Fern Gully. The wildlife is pretty cool too - I saw a gigantic banana slug and I've been told there are herds of elk as well.
I did manage to snap a few photos with my phone but my camera was on the square setting. Oops! I'm looking forward to visiting again during the winter, when the temperatures dip back below the nineties and there isn't a drought. Still, isn't it gorgeous?
It's amazing what the world contains, seemingly right in our own backyards. I've visited Seattle seven times now and I never knew this was only a few hours away!