I got invited to spend a weekend at a beach house near Sequim. This was not your usual weekend at the beach, though. All ten of us were outdoor enthusiasts and avid hikers, so we did more than just party.
For those who don’t know, Sequim, WA is on the Olympic Penninsula. To the north is the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island, and to the south are the Olympic mountains. It is a great jumping off spot for all kind of outdoor activities.
On Friday, I left work early (2 PM), and I picked up two passengers. We then headed to the Edmonds ferry, and we got lucky. We were the next to last car on the ferry. We would have had to wait 45 minutes for the next one. The day couldn’t have been better. The sun was shining, and the drive to Sequim was beautiful. That night, we had a bit of a party with “hearty appetizers” and some wine.
The next day, we changed into hiking clothes, and headed up to Deer Ridge. I won’t call it a steep trail, but I will say that it is relentless in gaining altitude. It’s worth the sweat. The views are fantastic! Afterwards, we made a barbeque dinner. Everybody contributed (I contributed pineapple for the grill, and homemade strawberry rhubarb pie for dessert.
On Sunday, we packed up, but 5 of us didn’t want to go home right away. So, I led them to Dungeness Spit. This is a large sand spit (about 6 miles long) on the Strait of Juan de Fuca with a lighthouse at the end. I should lie, and say that we went to the lighthouse, ate lunch, and went back. Unfortunately, everybody was still tired from the Deer Ridge hike, so we turned back after about 4 miles.
So, pictures. There are more than normal because (a) this is two days worth of pictures, and (b) the Olympic peninsula is so beautiful that it was very hard to discard photos. FWIW, I did do a lot of pruning, so 173 photos got cut down to a mere 56. :) Enjoy the images!
Leaving the city behind…
We were the next to the last car aboard the ferry!
Seattle skyline. Far away, and getting further.
The Olympics are beckoning.
The beach house
A decoration on a store owned by native Americans.
I love this silhouette. Can you see the bird?
Near the beginning of the Deer Ridge trail.
Water on leaf
A succulent plant
A moss abstract
I love the light and the shadows in this image/
One of my favorites. I love the colors and the texture!
Another favorite. I love the clouds!
Water on needles
Moss and lichen. Look at all the colors!
Looking back at the mainland from Dungeness Spit.
My favorite shot.
Seashore and mountains
I didn’t arrange this. Nature is sometimes the best designer!