Over 25 years ago visiting Shi Shi Beach was on my husband’s bucket list. Long before people made bucket lists. And long before my husband knew me.
25 years later, my husband was able to check walking on Shi Shi Beach Trail of the Olympic Peninsula Coast off his bucket list as he and his wife (me!) spent a day hiking the beach from the north end, walking southbound, to a place called Point of the Arches, and back. Being mindful of the tides of course.
Back in the 1980’s on a solo backpack trip, my husband was able to walk northbound from Ozette River almost to Point of the Arches, only to be turned back by the tides. That was the closest he got to Shi Shi Beach, and decided then that it would be on his bucket list.
Aside from the tides, the reason my husband was not able to get to Shi Shi beach over 25 years ago was that it was remote, and access getting to the beach from the north end was limited due to it being on the Makah Reservation in Neah Bay. Today, the Makah Tribe allows access from the north end via a 2 mile hike through a Sitka spruce forest before arriving at the breathtakingly beautiful beach.
My husband and I spent our 9 mile round trip day, sometimes with shoes off, filled with sand, sunshine, blue skies, crashing ocean waves, and playing sea birds. This was our second day of walking on the beaches of the Olympic Peninsula Coast of Washington.
I’m glad that my husband had to wait 25 years to walk on Shi Shi Beach so that we could fulfill something on his bucket list together!
Here is a link for more information on the Shi Shi Beach Trail.