Greg Hatten’s travels took him to Olympic National Park earlier this year to paddle Lake Quinault and fish the Quinault River (shown from above).
Olympic is one of our rainiest National Parks, and Greg visited during one of the rainiest winters on record. This is Washington State we are talking about. In our upper left corner of America, it takes a lot of precipitation to make us even notice it’s been extra-rainy. And Greg and his wooden boat were headed for the Olympic Penninsula, which is actually…a rain forest.
The river was rough and full of strainers, and the fish were hiding in the unsettled waters. This wasn’t an easy trek, folks. You can read about it here, and see more photos.
We were taken with this photo of a magnificent herd of elk Greg encountered on his way in (his boat is on a trailer in this shot, if you’re wondering).
And he even checked into the beautiful Lake Quinalt Lodge for the night.
view of the lodge
view from the lodge – what a place to get married!
Being Greg, instead of sleeping here…
…Greg opted to sleep here.
You really want to read about this journey over at Greg’s blog. It was a mighty adventure, with some scary moments and fun rewards. And if you’d like to sleep like Greg, you have your choice of our Harding blanket in Thyme, new this year:
Or Greg’s trusty Badlands bedroll, which has seen him through many nights of camping:
You can shop for Pendleton’s Parks blankets and more at http://www.pendleton-usa.com.
You have to go out there and get it on your own.