Olympic National Park is one of my favorite places due to the incredible diversity of scenery. Within the park, you can walk on the beach of the Pacific Ocean, climb snow capped mountains, hike to a glacier and walk through a rain forest!
We backpacked at the Park a few times. The first trip (1991) was one of the most miserable experiences of my life.
The weather forced us to march 15 miles through muddy conditions from our backcountry site to the car. Then, with our gear in no condition for camping that night, we drove nearly all night looking for an open hotel. At 2:00 am, we found a hotel in Bremerton with an open room--only to discover "roaches on the bed" as we entered the room. We checked out and finally found an acceptable room at 4:15 am in Tacoma!
In 1993 (September 3rd through the 12th), we returned with three friends (Appy, Steve and Bill Taylor) for another backpacking trip. Fortunately, this trip was one of the best camping experiences of my life. The weather was ideal and the scenery was spectacular. The highlight of the trip was the hike to the Blue Glacier.
I hope to return to Olympic National Park with my digital camera soon. It's one of the most exciting destinations in the world for photography.