Olympic Trip: Things Looking Up

Vertical world of Hoh Rainforest

On our third day, we left the horizontal of the seascape to the vertical of the interior rainforest. My daughter and I agreed (she an OT, and me a PT) that the Hoh Rainforest would be a good place to send patients who needed neck and back extension exercises. Most of that world is ABOVE you. It is a place that demands an original image than a 35mm-equivalent camera to capture the feel of the true proportions of that landscape. You can imagine, I was in heaven.

The two trees in this image are at least five feet in diameter, not especially large by local standards.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Nice shot, Fred. I can imagine how happy you are on the Olympic Peninsula, with such lovely blue skies, to boot.

  2. Hey Freddie..
    Susan and I moved in about ’78 (via U-Haul) from Nashville, thru St. Louis, Denver, Billings, Butte, Couer d’Alenein?, Spokane, Snoqualmie Pass, to….of all places (PLEASE don’t tell anybody[HA]) Auburn, Washington! I worked at the Swedish Hospital in Seatttle. Climbed Ranier, did Hoh Rainforest, Olympia/Tacoma, Oregon coast, Victoria B.C., ferrys, Columbia River, salmon fishing, survived the notorious Greenhill rapist, and Mt. St. Helens (1980)! Then we moved back to Mount Juliet, via Grand Canyon, etc. A really, really sad time in my life. Anyway, write me sometime. I often wonder if you have ever even gotten my several posts.


  3. oops..I have no idea where that final “ha” came from…I think it was a part of a previous “have”…didn’t know it was there when “submit”. By the way…we are down to three hens, but still get about a dozen eggs a week…just right! Sister got a dozen or so not long ago.