On July 29th through August 2nd our group of 6 students,
3 teachers, and 2 guides, went on a back-packing trip through the Elwha
River Valley. Our excursion started and ended at the Whiskey Bend Trail
in the Olympic National Park. Throughout the five days we went on extensive
hikes through the forest. We also got together and worked hard to survey
the landscape in the Elwha Valley as well as to meticulously count trees,
shrubs, animals, and birds.
If I had the chance to go back and re-pack
my pack for the Elwha Valley hike, I would definitely pack lighter. If
you are a back-packer you know that whatever you bring, you carry. Instead
of packing clothes for everyday, re-use the same clothes. If you lay out
your clothes during the day, they have a chance to air out. I would also
bring a lightweight electric lantern, so that at night I would have an
easier time seeing. I also would bring some kind of flavoring for my water.
When I ran out of fresh water I was miserable. Because, the iodine that
you have to put into your water to purify it, tastes horrible.
After a day of hiking I was ready for some serious fun. You can have a
lot of fun just talking to people, and telling stories. My favorite thing,
however, was to play cards with a group of people. It was a great way
to make conversation with people that I didn't really know. There was
also the Elwha River right there although some of the guys went swimming
in it's 40 degrees celsius water it was a little too cold for me.
Lastly I must say that I would strongly recommend visiting
the Elwha Valley of Olympic National Park, because it is the most peacful
place I have ever vistited.