Lush Jungles of Ozette
The lush green coastal forest was all around me. Ferns and shrubs and moss compete for every bit of available space while the tall tree trunks of hemlock, spruce and cedars arose from the wet carpet of moist green to form a canopy above me. I took another small step on a rickety moss-lined old boardwalk creeking and turning under the weight of me and my backpack, almost on the edge of breaking off, a foot above the marshy wet soil. I narrowly avoid stepping on a 6-inch long banana slug as it quickly retracts its eyes in abject fear; the twisting boardwalk, however, fails under me and I lose balance - thankfully, my trusty hiking poles catch me and I regain balance just before I lose myself to the marsh that is Ozette.
What lies in the next turn? A meadow? a creek? a view of the ocean? The advancing suspense keeps me on my feet as I tread my way for 3 miles towards the beautiful beach of Cape Alava; as I get closer, the gentle roaring sound of the breakers hint me towards the ocean and the shore that is coming up ahead.
A truly lovely hike, and a lovely campsite at the beach at the end of the trail awaits me.