Sore as hell. Legs are jello, but mission accomplished. Hiked the Cape Flattery to La Push coastline on Washington's Olympic Peninsula.
So what were the highlights? Coming face to face with a sea lion and besting it in a game of chicken on a rocky cliff, seeing a bald eagle eating his catch on a driftwood stump, fording the Ozette river and not falling over, watching otters and seals feed in river mouths, conversing with several Native Americans while passing through their reservations (including an auto tour of the Makah land), the sounds of ocean waves lulling me to sleep every night, and not coming in to contact with any cougars while hiking through the inland rainforests.
Sadly, many photo opportunities were missed along the way due to having to focus the majority of my hiking at night time. The diurnal inequality of the low tides (ie the low tide in the morning had a far higher sea level than the low tide in the evening) meant that many sections were only passable after dark. With a few 5-6 mile stretches of cliffs overlooking the beach, having no way out if I were to be trapped by the incoming tide, I wasn't about to take any chances.
For anyone who may not have previously heard of the Olympic National Forest, I would highly suggest checking out the Peninsula at some point in your life. There are incredible snowcapped mountains, untouched rocky beaches, fern and pine covered rainforests, over 600 unblemished lakes, and hundreds of miles of trails to be explored. The largest town on the peninsula, Port Angeles, is quite vibrant with fantastic restaurants, numerous local vendors, and a suprisingly entertaining nightlife scene. Hotels, motels, and cabins can be found throughout the scattered small towns out here, for those who would prefer more modern amenities.
With that, I'm off for Vancouver Island and British Columbia's capital city, Victoria, a short ferry ride from Port Angeles.
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