The drive from Montana to Washington was beautiful. I really wanted to stop in many different locations and take more pictures, but I had a set and compressed schedule that I did not want to change. It was rainy and wet at Mount Rainier, which is quite normal at this time of the year. The snow was everywhere though and it turned out that I was there too early. Should have done my homework. I wanted to take pictures of wildflowers, but because of the high snow accumulation this year, there were very few areas in the park where you could find them. Apparently, the best time to be there is late August to early September. Oh well! I still managed to take some good waterfall pictures though:
So many waterfalls and streams there, I had a hard time deciding where to stop and take pictures.
Took this picture on my way out of Mount Rainier, where I only got to spend a day. Wildflowers was what I was after, so there was really no reason to stay there further.
When I got to Olympic, I was disappointed with the bad weather. From the rainy and wet Mt Rainier, to sunny coast, the sun disappeared behind the thick clouds and haze during sunset and I unfortunately did not get to take any good images. Here are a couple I took, but I am not happy with any of them:
Here is a giant snail that I encountered in the rain-forest:
I then headed to the rain-forest, hoping to take better pictures there:
This one is my favorite:
The weather next day was not any better and it was cloudy all morning:
The weather forecast was showing bad weather all week, so without waiting more I packed up and left to Yosemite National Park in California.