Olympic National Park
One of the happiest American traditions is a trip to the beach in summertime. However, not all beaches are good for swimming and sunbathing.
Ruby Beach in Washington isn’t for swimming, and it’s not for sunbathing. It’s for close encounters with driftwood, large rocks, and an occasional errant wave.
The offshore sea stacks support all manner of vegetation, including small trees. There’s a sea lion-looking piece of driftwood at the bottom of the stack, nature’s whimsy.
The "sea lion" of wood and stone. Nature crafts her blueprint for marine mammals in surprising raw materials.
But there is no mistaking the real thing. At Rialto Beach, where forest meets the sea, a bald eagle guards her nest, awaiting the return of her mate.
Long, rain-free August days along the Washington coast are perfect for backpacking. A permit, a pack, a map, and miles of wilderness make for beautiful winter memories.