At the visitors center we got to learn a lot about the local surroundings- land, flora and fauna. The visitors center is somewhat of a miniature natural history museum about the surrounding area. We had a light snack/lunch in the parking lot and then decided to make our way up one of the nearby hiking trails. The views were spectacular and the photographs don't even begin to do them justice. At one point you could see the clouds down below acting as a blanket to hide the hustle and bustle of the city and surrounding land. It was so nice to have this time away from life's normal routine to relax, to breath fresh air and explore God's creation.
Lichen and moss amaze me. They are often overlooked and trampled on, but I'd rather photograph them.
Looking down on the clouds from above. See how the clouds cover the city, land and water below? You can see some other far away high ground to the left.
Silhouette of the lift wheel. Hurricane Ridge is actually home to a small ski hill that has been operating for 50 years.