I have been going into this forest for half my life, and I am also from Texas. Two totally different countries. I have never, in all the different places I have visited, saw anything remotely as beautiful as this land up here in Washington state. So many surprises, and if you are into exploring, you can find the most beautiful and enchanting places of your life. Be careful though, because it can get mighty rough in the winter. Make sure you take a shovel or two, and an axe/hatchet/saw if you plan on going in the winter. Summer time gives you opportunity to swim, or just cool off in the most beautiful streams and rivers. I would suggest anyone to go up here, but make sure you keep it clean. Grab a map, too.