Life in the Northwest - as good as it gets.
Let it be said: I love the Pacific Northwest. It's stunningly beautiful, the outdoor options are plentiful and year-round, the food is brilliant, and there is (contrary to popular belief) almost always good weather to find.
I took a road trip last weekend to the north coast of the Olympic Peninsula and visited Salt Creek State Park where there is a lovely walk along the rocky beach and, in true Northwest spirit, sea stacks, mist, divers, and people swimming despite the water being cold enough to freeze your face off. The trail then meanders to the cliffs above. It was beautiful.
|Seastacks in Crescent Bay|
|Hermit Crab Rock, Tongue Point|
|We'll call this one Peekaboo Rock|
|Tongue Point trail|
The original plan to hike Hurricane Trail was thwarted by trail closure - the park service is working on relocating all of the mountain goats from the Olympics to the North Cascade near where I live (hooray, more goats on the hikes!) - so I visited Dungeness Spit instead and did some of the trails there though not the 11 mile spit which I have done once and will never do again. Once in a lifetime kinda thing, walking 11 miles on sand...
|Sunrise at Sequim Bay|
|More sunrise at Sequim Bay|
|Ghost Pipes (monotropa uniflora), Fort Townsend State Park|
|Fort Worden lighthouse|
|Hunting for mussels|
A perfect trip for a short weekend but I will definitely be returning to Tongue Point to camp. There's one with my name on it. Cheers!