When I took three days to walk up the Atlantic Coast in Spain on the Camino Finisterre to Muxía last June, I fell in love. With walking next to the beaches and the ocean. With being able to take a break from walking by sitting on the beach. With being able to put my feet in the water. With smelling the fresh ocean air, hearing the crashing waves, and listening to the sea birds play.
Historically, I have been a mountain hiker and walker. I have always been in love with the trees, plants, wildflowers, animals, fresh mountain air, and the scenery of the mountains. But now I love both – the mountains and the ocean.
A few months after I got back from Spain, I wanted another experience of walking near the ocean and beaches. Fortunately, pretty much right in my own backyard, well, at least in the same state I live in, I discovered the Olympic Peninsula Coast of Washington State. Here though, instead of walking near the beaches, you can actually walk on them. For miles and miles and miles.
In fact, you can do backpacking for days along the Olympic Peninsula Coast. Being mindful of the tides of course. You can also camp on certain beaches. While this particular trip my husband and I did not do that, we did enjoy three days of day-walks along about a half dozen different beaches. Also being mindful of the tides. We stayed in a bed and breakfast located centrally to the beaches we walked on. I say that next time though we do a backpack trip with camping. Or at least some camping.
The pictures in this blog are from our first day. A five mile round trip walk on Rialto Beach to “Hole in the Wall.” And a three mile round trip walk on Second Beach. Yes, that was our second beach of the day, but it is literally called Second Beach. In case you are wondering, there is a First Beach and a Third Beach, too.
I just loved spending hours upon hours upon hours of walking, sometimes in shoes, other times barefoot, on the sand, in the water, next to the crashing ocean waves, with the fresh ocean air, and the playing sea birds.
PS. We have also done a driving trip with many beaches and lighthouses along the Oregon Coast.