Loop Trip - 2nd day:  Neah Bay and Rialto Beach

Frequently when we travel, I have that "one thing" I really want to see or do so I can check it off my list of "things to do this life time".  On this trip, that one thing was to go to Cape Flattery -- the most northwestern point of the 48 states.  Washington has been "home" all of my life, but I've never been to this extreme corner.   

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The most northwest point of the 48 states is on the Makah Indian Reservation. To visit this spot was one of those things on my "to do" list. The half-mile hike wasn't too tough, but it in places it was steep, full of roots, down stairs, and on boardwalks over boggy wetland. Not a place for wheel chairs or worn out knees.
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I had always expected this point would be a beach. It is a very high cliff. This is one of several observation decks on the trail out to the point. This is looking at the west coast.
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The trailhead is about 4 miles from the town of Neah Bay.
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This vantage point is looking to the west coast.
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The trail is well maintained. There is a $7 per car recreation fee to visit these tribal lands.
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A cove on the north coast.
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You better visit this place before it is gone! The seas were calm; we never sat quietly. I didn't feel anything -- that could be written on my tomb stone.
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Greg climbing up the very steep steps to the final view point.
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Here I am at the point and my eyes are closed! That is Tatoosh Island behind me.
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Check this off the list. Going here was the only "must do" thing for me on this vacation. It was not what I expected. The scenery was much more dramatic than I imagined.
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Here we all are on June 4th, 2002.
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I'm starting to see more value of taking pictures of signs so that my photo albums are self-documenting.
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Another one of my too fast stupid movies. This one is 634 KB and shows the sweep from the west coast to the north coast. At the end of the movie you get to see Jack jumping up and down like a true goof ball.
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As we left the parking lot, we purposely went the wrong way. The roads were very narrow and rough, sort of like a logging road. We couldn't see anything through all the thick brush, then suddenly this road brought us to this fantastic view of Tatoosh Island.
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It is always the unplanned parts of a trip that end up being the most wonderful. We also were incredibly lucky to have good weather. I bet most of the time this area is cloudy and rainy or foggy.
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We continued up the road for another mile or two, but we finally had to back up and turn around.
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Another silly movie. This one is 760 KB and just shows the van splashing through the puddle. This might the closest Jack ever gets to rally racing.
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This is the harbor in Neah Bay. The little town reminded me of the fishing villages I used to visit in Alaska 30 years ago.
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More documentation.
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From Neah Bay we drove to the Mora campground at Rialto Beach.
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This is just north of La Push.
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I had been to La Push a few times when I was a kid. But I haven't back in this area since then.
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Jack has many fond memories of this place from his childhood. He was waiting all day to get here to climb on the logs and act like a monkey.
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Again we had our choice of camp sites. This one was right on the Quillieute River.
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We cooked steak on the grill and foil wrapped corn on the cob in the coals. After dinner we went back to the beach for sunset. We came back and started to make s'mores, but a thieving raccoon sneaked on to the table and took the whole bag of marshmallows and ran back into the bushes. I fear the wildlife is hooked on refined sugar too.
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Sunset on Rialto Beach.
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