Rialto Beach within the Olympic National Park in Washington was a complete surprise. With a forest on one side, interesting shapes of driftwood on the dark sand and rocky formations in the ocean there was no shortage of photo opportunities!
Needless to say I had quite a task deciding which photos to include in the blog post.
The sky was overcast all morning but allowed for some dramatic cloud formations.
We walked northwards about 1.7 miles (2.7 km) towards the Hole in the Wall. The tide was far enough out that we were able to walk in the damp sand on a firm footing. By the time we turned around to come back the tide had come in quite fast and we ended up walking on the pebbles.
It reminded me of Brighton, my hometown in England.
There are islands and rock formations dotted along the coast.
The combination of the forest and the ocean really gives this place a special feel.
The driftwood took on some amazing shapes like sea serpents and other fantastical creatures.
Nobody would mistake this for Santa Monica or Venice Beach with their expanses of white sand and swaying palm trees. It’s still the Pacific Ocean but a world of difference.
The rocks off shore are known as sea stacks. They certainly make for an interesting vista.
You can see our destination to the right of the photos, the Hole in the Wall.
After our walk we enjoyed a picnic and then the sun came out, painting the sky a vivid blue. The sun makes a huge difference, doesn’t it? We drove back to our hotel in Forks for happy hour. But we weren’t quite done with the beach yet. Some of us planned to return in the evening to catch the sunset. (See blog post here.)
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