|Look at that hair! This picture makes my heart melt.|
Another great day trip was to Ruby Beach. It was one of our few sunnyish days on the coast. The kids spent hours tide pooling, playing with rocks (making stacks and sculptures), exploring sea caves and enjoying drift wood play houses created by others.
|This was what the coast looked like most of the time - fog, fog, fog.|
|When the sun came out it was gorgeous.|
|The Northwest Coast is the best place to tide pool.|
We also spent a lot of time at Kalaloch Beach (we camped on the bluffs right above the ocean), but sadly we had no ocean view.
|The water was so cold your feet turned numb right after putting them in the water.|
|Unlike the East Coast beaches - you didn't need a fire permit, which made for some nice evenings|
|I was dressed like this most of the time - it was the end of July!|
Of course, this part of the Washington Coast is now famous because of Twilight - being a teacher of high school English I did feel that I needed to make the pilgrimage to Forks, and we did walk on the La Push Reservation beaches. It was easy to see why Stephenie Meyer decided to set her books there.
|We did hike to and through the hole in the wall on the coast.|
Finally, we spent time in several of the rain forests. They were my least favorite part of Olympic. We had already experienced several temporal rain forests at that point in the trip - and to me, you've seen one, you've seen them all. Banana slugs and giant trees are great, but I can only get excited about them for so long. There were a few nice waterfalls, but the drive to see them was very long.
|You really can't describe how big these trees are - you have to go see them for yourself.|
When we left Olympic we headed east again, this time we wouldn't be turning back towards the West Coast. There was a lot to see before we landed at home, but still, it was good to be heading towards the sunrise again.