BEACHES, TREES, SPANISH MOSS, DRIFTWOOD AND COASTAL HIGHWAY
During my time in Washington, I was super excited to explore the Olympic Peninsula. This area is home to beaches, woods, and even a rainforest! The lakes and streams had the clearest water I’ve seen yet. It really is a PNW (Pacific North West) wonderland.
I went to a few beaches along the coast during my trip… all very different in scenery and weather. Most of the beaches have rocky shores, but there are a few with sand. The beaches on the upper west coast are much different than the ones I’m used to on the east coast.
On many of the beaches on the Olympic Peninsula, you’ll see tons of massive trees wash up on shores (driftwood), so you can find kids building forts and playing all up and down the coast… or me, hanging out and posing for pictures ?
The beaches looked completely different than any beach I had seen before. Each beach I visited along the Peninsula was unique in its own way, and some more chilly than others! I’ve never been to the beach in the summer where it was super foggy and cold.
After spending the summer in the PNW, it was interesting that it never really got hot (in my opinion). Keep in mind this is coming from someone currently in Arizona, but the temperatures in the Washington never had you dripping in sweat. If you don’t like hot, scorching weather, you’ll love the PNW.
On this road trip, we also spent some time camping and hiking in the Hoh Rainforest. Our campsite was right on the water and underneath tons of mossy trees. You can read more about my camping trip here.
One of the biggest takeaways from the Olympic Peninsula was how big the trees were, especially in the rainforest. I’ve seen redwoods, firs, spruce trees and cedars all hundreds of feet tall and wider than most civilian vehicles!
These aren’t Redwoods by any means, but they are quite impressive. In the picture below I’m standing next to a giant cedar tree! The rest were taken on a hike through the rainforest.
I explored all kinds of landscapes, from the beach to the mountains and into a rainforest, I hiked through it all. I even hiked through a cloud to see some of the most beautiful mountains I’ve laid eyes on today!
I spent my last night in Port Angeles right near the harbor. This was a gorgeous sunset spot! It was cool seeing hundreds of boats all docked in the same place. That’s not something I get to see everyday. This was a super relaxing place to chill.
To live it up the last night on the Olympic Peninsula, I went to 7 Cedars casino for some gambling and fun! This is a great spot to check out and the decor is so cool. I love this theme:
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