LETTER: Jet noise takes away from natural beauty

Olympic National Park has lost a vital component with the persistent sounds of jets overhead.

Jet noise

Many of us visit national parks as a way to balance the rigors of everyday life with an experience of wilderness and solitude.

During the last week of June, while participating in the annual sea otter census near Hoh Head north of the Hoh River, my colleague and I experienced persistent and loud military jet noise.

The noise would suddenly erupt as the aircraft transitioned from land to sea.

One of the abrupt sounds echoed such that we thought we might be experiencing the beginnings of a landslide.

During the three days I participated in the sea otter census, we experienced persistent, loud jet sounds most of the day.

One week later while backpacking with my grandchildren at Toleak Point, we experienced the same persistent, loud jet noise.

It was not what I was expecting on a coastal wilderness hike in Olympic National Park.

We have suffered a loss in Olympic National Park, where you will no longer be able to get lost in the natural sounds of moving water and marine animals.

When you least expect it, the loud sounds of military aircraft will take you away from peacefulness and remind you of the reality of everyday life.

There are over 7 billion humans on our planet now, and we need quiet natural places more than ever.

Someplace to go where your spirit can regenerate.

It is so sad that we have lost this component of Olympic National Park.

Pat McMahon,

Sekiu

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