Northwest Corner of the US
David stayed at the RV today to get it ready for our continuing road trip tomorrow and Jason and I took off to explore the coast. We drove west along the Strait of Juan De Fuca and stopped to watch Black Turnstones turning over stones on the rocky beach, Willets flying along the waves and Surf Scoters diving as they fished off the shore. We could also see a few Harbor Seals lounging on a rock far off the in the distance. We continued on to some scenic bays, passed large marinas and then out to Cape Flattery. By they it had begun to pour, but we still walked the mile trail in hopes to see a whale as others had. The trail through the forest opened up to an amazing overlook of the sea and right below where we stood a Grey Whale surfaced twice. What a sight! On a clear day this would be sooo beautiful. We could see sea caves, Black Oystercatchers on the nearby rocks, and huge jetting rocks with trees on top out in the sea. We returned down the trail and drove back the same direction stopping at Neah Bay for a hot chocolate and coffee. The young woman in the shop told us about the bracelets and pens she makes and how her earrings mean wealth. She gave Jason a piece of smoked cod collar and he said it was the best piece of smoked fish he had ever eaten. Cape Flattery and Neah Bay are located on the Makah Indian Reservation. We headed south and continued along Sol Duc River to where it empties out to the sea at Rialto Beach. This is where the massive tress and river stones come out the river and build up on the beach. Some of the trees were 6 feet wide and the roots were 10 feet tall. This is located on the Quileute Indian Reservation. Jason wanted to buy some smoked salmon so we drove to a house with a sign on it and bought some salmon. It was a very long day, but we saw so much on the coast of northwestern Washington.
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