Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (Part Two)
Day Trips: Olympic National Park - Kestner Homestead Trail
After our warm-up hike on the Maple Glade Rain Forest Trail, we decided to go in the other direction and hit the Kestner Homestead Trail, which is a 1.3 mile loop. Like the Maple Glade trail, the Kestner is well-marked and nicely maintained. It's a flat trail and on this particular day, fairly dry and absent any mud. The old homestead was very interesting to wander around, although if I let my imagination run free, I could easily get spooked there. Something about the rusty old truck and the vacant buildings reminded me of Stephen King's horror stories, particularly 11/22/63.
This part of the trail was full of enormous ferns.
I love this beautiful grove which is full of either birch or red alder.
This grassy area was originally the orchard, but it's pretty bare now with just a few apple trees.
Moss (and lichen) grows everywhere in the rain forest. This split rail fence was covered with it.
I'm really glad I wasn't alone on this hike!
A little spooky, right?
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