Washington State - Part 4: Ruby Beach, First Beach, & Rialto Beach
After we left Lake Quinault and the rainforests, we headed down Highway 101 to the pacific coast! This was me and Matt's first time seeing the Pacific ocean. The beaches were spectacular and the scenes were dreamy...
Ruby Beach // Olympic National Park, Washington
We made a quick stop to see Ruby Beach. It was an easy place to just get out of your car and walk around for a few hours and see a lot. The hike down was so easy. We even took our shoes off and enjoyed the tide pools.
It's one of the most visited and loved beaches on the Olympic coast. It was so beautiful and so unique. Out of a dream. I absolutely loved this place. Twilight was filmed here!
Sea stacks are ancient columns of rock standing in the sea. They are a defining characteristic of the Pacific North West coast. I love the one above with the hole in the center.
The weather was chilly, foggy, misty, and extremely cloudy. You always need a raincoat when visiting Washington. It rains a lot!
Since it was a very cloudy and overcast day, I had to use a tripod. That allowed me to use a really slow shutter speed so I could let more light in. You need a tripod for this because hand holding with a slow shutter speed would make the image completely blurry because our hands are naturally too shaky. I also always use a remote clicker to press the shutter when using the tripod.
Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park is the most beautiful beach in Washington, with soft red sand, tide pools, driftwood and beautiful bluffs. The views and seascapes are fantastic. A Washington gem!
First Beach // La Push, Washington
First Beach is a beautiful and very popular beach known for it's huge waves!
It's located in the small town of La Push which is on the Quileute Indian Reservation right outside of Olympic National Park.
The Quileute Indian Reservation is a sovereign nation which means they have their own government (a Tribal council). Indian reservations are considered to be very sacred and spiritual locations and the local Indian tribes have strict rules. They do not allow use of alcohol, marijuana, or tobacco, littering, or disturbing/removing nature and animals. They see it as a sign of disrespect and they do enforce it.
Matt and I were in wildlife heaven! I don't think we stopped smiling the entire time we were here. It was so incredibly beautiful. I've never had thousands of seagulls and pelicans swarming around my head in my entire life. It was so cool.
The dominant wildlife here are whales, dolphins, pelicans, seagulls, harbor seals, great blue herons, black crows, eagles, and otters. These birds were flying around at all times. They never stopped. Wild and free!
Herons are my favorite birds. They are majestic and beautiful and I love photographing them. This guy was enjoying an early morning sunkist sunrise along the river at Mora campground. This is also the campground where we parked the Camper Van each night. We loved this campground as it was clean, lush, and a great central spot to easily visit all of the local beaches.
In the main downtown area of LaPush there are a few restaurants, gift shops, lodging, a mom and pop grocery store, and a nice marina where lots of fishing boats are docked. This harbor is home to so many animals. It provided endless opportunities to view wildlife. This is where all the flying birds were. And all you have to do is park at First Beach and get out of your car. No hiking necessary to see epic views.