Monday, August 16, 2010

Day Trippin'...

So with only 4 more weekends left to explore the great Northwest, we have been trying to take full advantage of it and get out and explore! Knowing that James had today off (meaning we had one more night where we could stay up LATE), we decided to get out of town yesterday. We were a little slow getting ready, but once we got the truck dog-proofed, we grabbed some jackets and headed out. Our plan was to spend the afternoon in La Push, WA and possibly hit up Cape Flattery if we had time. However, we found La Push to be completely covered in fog, so we had to change our original plans a bit...


We could barely see the rock formations that people rave about!

This is as far south as we could see...

Even though we couldn't see much, we were entertained by the birds...

And I enjoyed looking at what was up close...

That was fun until I ran across THIS!

Sure. It was a tiny snake, but it was a snake and that's all that mattered to me! I was done with my inspection of the beauty right before us after I ran across that little guy.

Since the fog wasn't going away, we let Oba sniff and explore his surroundings a little more, then headed out. We decided it would be best to take our chances up north and see if it would be clearer towards Cape Flattery and Neah Bay. Luckily, there wasn't nearly AS much fog, so we were able explore a bit more up there...

From the parking lot, it was a 3/4 mile walk to the point. (For those of you that aren't familiar with this particular area, it's the most northwestern point of the Continental US...and it's absolutely BEAUTIFUL!)


After taking the hike, we found out that the nice, clean path was recently created by the Makah Tribe. It was definitely an easy walk with all of the boardwalks that they built!

That was until Oba decided he was going to take a different path...stubborn dog...

He definitely had his own agenda...

Before long, we arrived at the first viewpoint...

Then we headed to where you can see the Cape to the north, as well as Vancouver Island across the Strait of Juan de Fuca...

Absolutely beautiful! We unfortunately didn't spot any whales, but we saw harbor seals, sea lions, and tons of birds (including puffins!)...

Oh, and we saw something that was new to us (at least in the wild)...starfish!

I think Oba's favorite part was when he made a new friend. Boy, did he soak that up!

We loved seeing the wildlife at Cape Flattery and what little we could see of Tatoosh Island...

Before we left, we decided to get a family picture (Oba must have spotted someone's snack...he's licking his chops!)...

Leaving was probably the most entertaining part. The platform to view the Cape was probably 4 feet above ground, so Oba had to be helped down. He did well though and patiently waited for assistance...

Even though we missed the sunset (we weren't about to hike back in the dark!), the sun shining through was great...

As we were walking back to the truck, I noticed these and for whatever reason, they made me think of Livy. Oh, how I miss her...

Everything about our trip was great. It was great getting out of town for the day, exploring something new, and being together as a family (what's left of it). Plus, the drive home was soooo peaceful, as Obadiah was so wiped out from our hike that he curled up in a ball and slept the entire way home!

Oh, what I would give to have more days like this...

1 comment:

  1. AMAZING photos Priss!! I think your new camera suites you well! ; ) Glad you and James are enjoying your last few weeks here.

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