Wednesday, March 05, 2008
I stood before this huge driftwood log two years ago, it hasn't budged. The wild north Washington coast is the land of big driftwood beaches. We've gone out here every February for about 4 years, and somehow we luck out with the weather. Sure it's cold, but clear and sunny? That's not normal, it's a treat. The afternoon we arrived I asked the woman manning the front desk of the Ocean Park Resort if she had seen any sunshine that day. She laughed like I was a crazy person. But sure enough the sun came out for our visit. We visited the beach at Oil City (not really a city at all, but reportedly the beach with the most driftwood in the world.) It's a ten mile drive from the highway, then a 1 mile walk to the beach, which is at the mouth of the Hoh river. Part of Olympic National Park, Oil City is a starting point for hiking the Olympic Coast up to Third Beach which is near La Push. That would be a rugged challenge, bring your tide chart for sure. Instead of roughing it with a backpack, we stayed comfortably in deluxe cabins and drove south to Ruby Beach, pictured below, to enjoy the sunshine and search for the perfectly shaped rock.