Cape Disappointment State Park

Cape Disappointment is located on the very southwestern tip of Washington State, and is just north of the mouth of the Columbia River. It’s one of the foggiest places in the U.S., but luckily I visited the park on a clear sunny day.  This area was visited by early European explorers and the military used the land to protect the Columbia River from threats during the … Continue reading Cape Disappointment State Park

Fort Casey State Park

As one of the members of the “triangle of fire” (the other two are Fort Worden and Fort Flager), Fort Casey was strategically placed on Whidbey Island to help protect the inner Puget Sound. Fort Casey State Park is a huge area with a conference center, pool, bunkers and batteries to explore, a light house to tour, and lots of walking trails. It’s a great … Continue reading Fort Casey State Park

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

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

Second Beach – Olympic National Park

Within the Olympic National Park, there are a series of beaches off of Highway 101. In the North and off La Push Road, there are three beaches, First Beach, Second Beach, and Third Beach.  Two of the beaches have hikes.  First on the road (driving toward La Push) is Third Beach. Next comes Second Beach. Second Beach is the shorter hike  of the two (.7 … Continue reading Second Beach – Olympic National Park