Hoh River, Washington

In early October 2012 we packed our tent and drove into the Hoh Rainforest for a short day hike and overnight stay. Located on Western Washington's Olympic Peninsula, the Hoh is one of the largest temperate rainforests in the United States, averaging 12 feet of rainfall per year with another 30 inches of condensed mist moisture. The forest floor is blanketed with mosses and ferns, and its thick canopy is dominated by tree species such as the Sitka Spruce and the Western Hemlock, as well as maples, alders, cottonwoods, red cedars, and coastal Douglas firs. Pictured here is one of those massive trees, just next to our camp. Fallen and worn by the Hoh River, it made the perfect spot for morning coffee, a few soft-focus self-timed shots, and warming ourselves in the shining sun before venturing into the rainforest.

The campground near the Visitor's Center is open year-round and allows access to the Hoh River Trail, a 17.3-mile hike to Glacier Meadows, on the shoulder of Mount Olympus. Hopefully, we will hike this complete rainforest-to-glacier trail this summer.

- This postcard comes to us from Kathryn Nichols, a freelance photographer, designer, and artist living on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. Her most recent adventure included a four-month trip across the U.S. in an Airstream. She is currently a student at MatadorU studying travel writing and photography. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr.