National Parks & Headwaters 2012 travel blog

Ruby Beach, Washington, Olympic NP

Sunset on Rialto Beach, Olympic NP

Rialto Beach at Sunset, Olympic NP

When we woke this morning the sun was shining and we were ready for the coast. We turned west and north on our way to Olympic National Park and Forks, WA. The scenery was just magnificent. We even witnessed an Blue Heron fly across our path. It was very green and when we hit the coast, it was breathtaking. After stopping in at the Kalaloch Visitor Center and getting some advice on where to visit and what to see, we headed for our first beach stop. Wow!! If was so different from SoCal and the water was cold, as Karen found out when a wave got her feet. She thought it would have been warmer since the sand was warm under her feet. The sea stacks and islets are plentiful and unlike any we've seen elsewhere in the USA. Our next stop was Ruby Beach. While there we hiked down to the beach, and then walked along the shore where the beach was littered with massive drifted trees. The warning signs were everywhere telling all to stay clear of logs in the surf as they are deadly.

We made our way to Forks to meet up and stay with Karen's sister in law, Barbara. After dinner she drove us up to Rialto Beach. We planned to watch the sun set. When we got to the beach, we strolled along the shore line and stopped to dig for agate. Wouldn't you know we looked like we had rocks in our pockets!? Imagine the two of us picking up rocks to take home with us?! We were there as the tide was going out and then the clouds came in and blocked that beautiful sunset. We posted the sun about 70 minutes before actual sunset as that was the last one before we could not see the sun through those non cooperative clouds. Tomorrow it is back into Olympic NP, the Hoh Rain Forest section.

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