Olympic National Part, Part 3

Olympic National Part, Part 3

The third personality of Olympic National Park is her amazingly rugged seashore. From our camp in Forks, Washington, it was a 20 drive west Beach 1, Beach 2 and Beach 3. The naming isn’t too original, but the beaches are typical of the whole coast.

A harbor channel runs through Beach 1. And it’s not the prettiest channel. However, on the opposite shore of the channel a couple of Bald Eagles and their kids were working the area. It takes a few years for the youngsters to grow into the classic Bald Eagle plumage.

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One adult circled, while the other tended the nursery…
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Like most kids these two squabbled about everything…
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The seagulls were just hangin’ out…
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We skipped Beach 2 in favor of hiking to Beach 3 where we would find Strawberry Falls at the end of beach…

 

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Halfway along Beach 3 you have to work your way around a landslide that brought down a sizable bit of the cliffside…
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In the same area of Beaches 1, 2 and 3 is Rialto Beach. The fog added a special touch to the whole thing…
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A trip to the area has to include a trip up to Cape Flattery…


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On the hunt for Orcas

On the hunt for Orcas

…and we are still on the hunt for Orcas. Apparently, the salmon are way down and the Orcas in the San Juan’s are thought to be looking for better feeding grounds.

In any case, a day cruising around the San Juan’s is hard to beat. The weather was terrific and the islands are beautiful…

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And rugged…

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No Orcas, but, plenty of other wildlife…

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