Saturday, 20 August 2011

Day 139: Hoh Rainforest

Hoh Rainforest
 We suddenly realised it was Saturday, and Mike's last day in the Olympic National Park area before heading back to Philadelphia for some serious work.  So we threw some clothes on, even though we really needed to do the laundry, threw a picnic together even though we really needed to do the shopping and went of to look at the Hoh Rainforest.  This is one of the few temperate rainforests in the world, though actually, I wonder if some of the others aren't in New Zealand, because it had a familiar feel to it.  It was all trees thick with dangling mosses and ferns on the ground.  It was also sunny and dry, but I suppose we will have to say that was lucky, if not typical. 

Toad

On the way back, we went to the Crab House for dinner so that Mike could eat a huge Dungeness Crab.  It took him at least an hour and a half, but I didn't mind because I was enjoying watching American Football on the TV screen right over our booth.  Mike hates American Football and doesn't know what the rules are, so it is fun to ask him.  I think that it consists of the opposing teams lining up in the middle of the field.  When the guy in the middle drops the ball, each team member makes a dash for his opposite number and starts trying to beat him up. It's alright, they don't get hurt because they're wearing more armour than a medieval knight in a tournament.  Since all you can see is their arms, more than half of them have taken to tattooing their arms all over as a means of self-expression.  The good thing about the helmets is that they have headphones built in, and on the sidelines are a bunch of guys strutting up and down with microphones over their mouths, yelling encouragements.  The cheerleaders are just for show.

Crabs and football!

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