National Geographic : 1958 May
Nets Dip Silver Smelt in Olympic National Park Of all U. S. parks, only Olympic, on the northwest thumb of the State of Washington, embraces both snow-capped mountains and ocean beaches. Massive peaks provide some of the continent's finest alpine scenery, yet no point lies more than 60 miles from the sea. When the Pacific's high spring tides wash the park's narrow, 50-mile-long coastal strip, smelt ride in on the surf to spawn in the sand. Fishermen capture thousands in scooplike nets. Even Rooftops Spring to Life in the Lush Olympic Woods Biologist Paul Zahl, his wife, and two youngsters lived nearly three months in the primeval wilderness while exploring the peninsula's for ests, lakes, and needle-spined ridges. (See "In the Gardens of Olympus," NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, July, 1955.) Ferns and mosses grow atop this log cabin in the depths of Soleduck forest. Luxuriant rain forests, nurtured by 12 feet of rain a year, cloak many of Olympic's deep, twisting valleys. Dense stands of giant Douglas fir, western hemlock, Sitka spruce, and red cedar thrive here. Mosses upholster fallen trees with green velvet. Oregon oxalis and bead-ruby carpet the floor.