Birch Bay State Park

Birch Bay State Park is located on the southern part of Birch Bay. The community of Birch Bay is small, welcoming, and definitely a great little get-away spot. The state park easy to find with accessible beach access. There are many options for a day-use activities with many picnic tables along the beach, two shelters, a basketball court, and miles of hiking trails. The camping … Continue reading Birch Bay State Park

Soaking up sunshine on Orcas Island

September and October were really busy months for my travel companion and I. We visited Orcas Island, Pullman, British Columbia, Skamania, and Whidby Island. With all this rain over the past couple of weeks it’s hard to remember that we had a great start to fall in the Northwest. It wasn’t too long ago that we were blessed with sunshine and warm days. Back in September, I … Continue reading Soaking up sunshine on Orcas Island

Neahkahnie Mountain Hike

About a week before my trip to Seaside, a friend posted a picture of her on top of this mountain on Instagram. So I decided that I needed to hike it on my trip. I’m so used to looking up hiking information in Washington. We have an organization called Washington Trails Association that publishes an awesome website with lots of great hiking information. There doesn’t … Continue reading Neahkahnie Mountain Hike

Fort Stevens State Park

While staying in Seaside for a week, we visited Fort Stevens State Park. When I was little, I used to camp there every other summer. It’s probably been at least 15 years since I last went, and I couldn’t really remember what it was like. We first drove to the beach to check out Peter Iredale, the shipwreck. It ran ashore in 1906 during a … Continue reading Fort Stevens State Park

Tillamook Head Hike

Tillamook Head is a buff just south of Seaside. It’s the land visible from the beach as seen in the picture below. While staying at Fort Clatsop, Clark hiked over the ridge to see a beached whale that was near the current day Ecola State Park. They bartered with members from the Tillamook tribe for some blubber. At a point along his journey he said this about the view, “…the … Continue reading Tillamook Head Hike

Dungeness Spit Hike

Dungeness Spit is a 5.5 mile long sand spit in the Strait of Juan de Fuca  near Sequim, Washington. It’s the longest natural sand spit in the United States. It is located within the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge. At the tip of the spit is a lighthouse that was once operated by the U.S. Coast Guard. Now a group of dedicated volunteers from the New Dungeness Lighthouse … Continue reading Dungeness Spit Hike

Cape Alava Trail

A few summers ago we drove out to the northern Washington coast hoping to camp in one of the national parks. All of the parks were full by the time we got there on a Friday evening so we found a private campground near Ozette Lake called Lost Resort. It was really empty that weekend which was nice. There was a camp store, and a … Continue reading Cape Alava Trail

Ruby Beach

Located a few miles to the north of Kalaloch Campground, and right off of Highway 101 is Ruby Beach. I think out of all of the beaches we visited in the Olympic National Park, Ruby beach was my favorite. It had so many gorgeous elements to it: logs, rocks, sand, sea stacks, wildlife (like birds with orange beaks), and tidal pools. We visited the mostly … Continue reading Ruby Beach