Hoh Day 2: Keep at least 100 feet away from Elk

...unless they don't want to keep their distance from you...or there's just too many of them to stay away from...

On Day 2, we hiked up to the Hoh waterfall, a 6 mile roundtrip hike through the rainforest.

On our way to the trailhead, we were met by a few Elk.

I honestly think they could have cared less that we were there.

Squatch print? ;)

The bottom of a fallen tree.

"Turn right past the fallen tree"- Judy. We really liked Judy, but there were one too many fallen trees for her directions to the waterfall to be super helpful.

This is my favorite photo from the trip.

The Hoh Waterfall

We ate lunch up by the waterfall, and then hiked back down to camp. On our way down we were met by... guess what? Yup... you guessed it! More Elk. They were crossing the trail as we were hiking down.

I kinda froze up because were were so close to so many of them. There was one Bull Elk who didn't seem to care that we were there. A few other hikers were behind us at this point, and they seemed equally as intimidated by the elk as us. I mean, these animals are like 800-1000 lbs each, and there were probably 15-20 of them. Although there was only one bull, the female elk were the ones that I was worried about. There were signs posted all over the campsite and the visitor center stating that the females would be the aggressive ones during this time of year because they are protecting their young. Yikes. We made it back down to camp without any problems though.

"Wouldn't it be weird if we saw Elk hanging out by the river?" I said as we got ready to head out to Forks.


...We then saw Elk by the river. Tons of Elk.

We drove down the road a bit, and began commenting on how many elk we had seen that day. There were more elk in that area of the park than there were people! And then guess what happened? WE CAME ACROSS AN ENTIRE FIELD OF GRAZING ELK!

So many elk!

About twenty minutes later, we made it to Forks. Forks, for those who don't know, is popular only because of one thing: the Twilight franchise.

We gathered a few more supplies and then left to head back to camp.

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