Washington's Pacific Coast
As you head south on US 101, your first sight of the Pacific is at Ruby Beach.
To reach the shore, you'll have to climb over a tangled jam of logs, which have floated onto the beach. Make a note of your entry point, so that you can find the parking area when you're ready to leave. There are no signs to help you, and the logs all look the same.
The shoreline at Ruby Beach has it all: sand, pebbles, rounded stones, driftwood, and sea stacks.
Take off your shoes and wade in the water, while walking past the rocky sea stacks that jut upward all along the beach. You'll notice plenty of sea birds taking refuge on the larger rocks.
One of many sea stacks stands in the foreground, with Abbey Island rising up behind it.
This is as far north as I ventured along Ruby Beach. Time forced me to turn around, even though I could have spent the entire day here.
As I headed up the beach, I waded in the surf. For the trip back, I put my shoes on, and climbed on the piles of driftwood that line the shore.
It seems each log has its own character... almost ugly, but still beautiful.
Another view of the sea stacks, as fog started to roll in.
To reach Ruby Beach, you'll have to hike a short distance through the woods. US 101 comes close to the coast for the next dozen miles, but you'll only catch an occasional glimpse from the highway.
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