The Olympic Peninsula Coast

The Olympic National Park extends to the Ocean. The beaches are wide, but full of danger. Massive amounts of logs line the coastline and pose a serious hazard for swimmers. However, even here we saw how life perseveres.   A tree clings to soil on either side of a gully eroded by rain over time. This tree seemed like a metaphor for so much right now. Despite years of erosion, it persists and hangs on. How much longer will it last?

Like the tree of life we all persist

Nearby is the the largest Red Cedar in the world. The Red Cedar held special meaning for the indigenous population of the north. According to this site (click here), Red Cedar is the tree of life for the aboriginal peoples of the Pacific Northwest, and was used for building, totems, and ceremonial purposes, as well as a myriad of other common uses.  Walking into a grove of ancient Red Cedar was spectacular.

The worlds largest Red Cedar

Forks Washington is the home of the Cullens, Blacks, and Bella. Alyssa had to get her Twilight on by visiting Twilight Central. (And La Push). To the Northwest of Forks was Lake Ozette which after a four mile walk to coast provided stunning campsites and vistas. According to the National Park placards, it is the most popular campsite in the entire national park.

Alyssa and Kylie enter Twilight Central in Forks
La Push Baby!
A view North from sandy point
A view South from sandy point (If you look closely on the left of this picture you’ll see two people walking on the beach to give you a scale as to how large this beach actually is).

I took a detour to visit Oil City. It was a long dirt road used by loggers and residents who looked to create as much distance between themselves and civilization as possible. The pacific northwest trail goes through here and up the coast. The first few miles of the trail weave through mud and washouts, but it opens to a spectacular beach strewn with logs at the mouth of the Hoh River. The river churns up nutrients where it meets the ocean which attracts fish by the multitudes. This in turn attracts Eagles, Pelicans, cormorants, terns, gulls of all types along with a variety of other sea birds. I counted 18 eagles looking for their opportunity.

This eagle posed for a picture

Cape Flattery is the Northwestern most point of the continental US. It is on the Makiah Reservation. The trail is short and rewards visitors with a cormorant rookery, nesting grounds for puffins, auklets, and pigeon guillmonts.

The pacific wren is perhaps the most ubiquitous bird in the washing forests.  It can be heard on almost every trail. This one was no exception.
There are many caves and crevices along this point, each filled with nesting birds.
Birds of a different type.
P1410421The Northwestern most point of the contiguous USA.

One comment

  1. Awesome once again. Prize winning photo of eagle, and I adore that little puffed up ball of feathers … the Pacific wren. Still holding in my heart, your description of the 3 tiny white flowers (previous blog) saying they reminded you of Sharleen, Alyssa and Kylie ;-). Loving you! Xoxoxo Mom (Neighbor sent a post this morning, said he heard noise outside and a black bear was sitting atop his garbage cans! 😉

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