If you leave on a Friday after work you will definitely get caught in traffic. Patience is required.
When you set your tent up in the dark, you will wake up surrounded by questionable neighbours (yes that is a very, very large slug).
If the water is green, while it's pretty, it's from a glacier. It's...refreshing.
Big, old trees are beautiful and provide shade. And spiders.
Spending two nights in a mountain valley, on a quiet beach on the banks of a sparkling clean river, and two days with no cell phone or internet connection is one of the best things you can do for your body, mind and heart (even the rocks understand this).
(all photos were taken at Marblemount in the Cascasde Mountains in Washington State)