Olympic National Park, Washington State: The quietest place in the US

A forest virtually untouched by the aural intrusions of humans.

The chatter of people engaging in the great outdoors should be music to my ears, but on this occasion, it’s the most irritating sound in the world.

I roll my eyes at college students loudly discussing the role of epiphytes in an understorey ecosystem, and glare at children running amok along a forest trail, my inner librarian imploring them to return to their computer screens and leave nature to responsible, peace-loving adults. Shhhhhhh!

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