"We're moving to Florida", I say. "Florida! ... but why?" Is what I keep hearing in response. I understand the confusion. It's hard to find a more distant and different place from the Pacific Northwest than Florida. But I know this is the right choice. There are a number of reasons for this move, but the simplest and most important one is this: there's coral in Florida and I want to study coral. I'm working on getting a Marine Science degree and this is part of that process.
One of my absolute favorite day hikes is the Hoh River trail. It never disappoints! The wildlife along the trail is beautiful and surprising every time.
Rialto beach is a very special place for me. When I can get out there, I like to catch the low tide and hike through Hole-in-the-Rock. We started the 1-mile hike about 2 hours before low tide. Because of the unusually low tides, we got to see many more of the tide pools than we normally would have! Even better, because we got out so early, we got to see the sunrise and have the beach to ourselves for almost the whole hike.