Last weekend, I went hiking with one of my roommates in the park–Olympic National Park, that is, but because we’re so close it’s always just “the park.” Multiple coworkers had recommended the area around Obstruction Point Road, which is only clear of snow in the summer and had just recently been opened. We were fortunate to visit right at the peak of wildflower blooming, and the array of colors was breathtaking.
And close up, the colors were even more vibrant. Here are some of my favorites:
We hiked down into a valley with a couple creeks running through it, and then up high enough to see alpine flora, also in full bloom.
While we hiked up high, a few clouds moved over to keep us company, so we enjoyed the floating feeling of losing track of the surrounding landscape, separate from worldly space and time. As we returned to the trailhead, the skies cleared to present snow-spotted peaks glistening in the sun.