In a small corner of the United States there is a beach. A special beach. A beach with EPIC driftwood. In fact, the pieces of wood that are washed ashore this beach are so large that some can’t even be classified as driftwood, but are called driftlogs. This amazing place is found on the western coast of the U.S, in Washington state, in a small community by the coast called La Push.
In Olympic National Park, which surrounds the community of La Push, ”It’s not uncommon to find one as tall as I am, but that’s pretty big,” says Barb Manse, who work there. She also stated, ”We can get some huge winter storms that cause the rivers that flow through the forest to flood and trees on the edge can topple in. ” A couple of years ago, in 2010 to be more exact, a strong gale blew through this sleepy community and knocked down trees which floated down the rivers, into the ocean, and washed up on shore a small amount of time later.
Phillip Lachman, a retired school teacher who photographed the drift log on April 5, 2010, stated ”The wind was howling and there were rain squalls at times… On the beach at La Push there was a huge amount of driftwood of all sizes and there in the middle of the beach was this tree. We were mesmerized by the sheer size of it and wondered at the force of the wind that brought it here.” He is speaking about the tree pictured below. His daughter is standing in front of it, who is, by the way, 6 feet tall. Just so you can get perspective on the sheer size of this monster driftlog.
In the forest of the north west Pacific, it is not uncommon to find trees of this size. A diameter of 5 to 10 feet (1.5 to 3 meters) is a common size for the Western red cedar, Douglas fir and Sitka spruce that dwell in the temperate rainforest of Washington and Oregon.
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