This summer, I’m spending five weeks in Neah Bay. It’s a coastal town on the Pacific Ocean right across from Canada. It’s part of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. This area is the perfect place to go for a hike and enjoy the simplicity of nature. So my friend Kyla and I went for a hike nearby, to the northwestern-most point of continental United States — Cape Flattery.
It was a beautiful hike and not strenuous at all. When we first got to the trail, the sky was a bit overcast and the air was chilly. But as the morning went on, the skies cleared up and it got a little bit warmer. Regardless, the dense foliage above didn’t allow much sunlight to pass through to the trail. But what light did make it through was beautiful, warm, and welcome. I always love the way sunlight gleams through the leaves on trees.
I had a great time photographing everything from the vistas to the ferns and flowers. It felt like forever since I had been that close to such a naturally beautiful place. I spent much of the hike playing with the focus on my camera and having a lot of fun taking photos. There were some really beautiful things to see. The first viewpoint we got to had a stunning view of pine trees, crashing waves, and rock formations. We also saw a bald eagle flying across the cove. But eagles are apparently a common sight in this area, or so we’ve been told.
From that first lookout point, we continued along the trail and came upon a different angle to peer out at the ocean where there were caves carved into the rocky coastline and even more beautiful vegetation to be seen.
After going off the main path and wandering around on some side trails, we came upon the place that is considered the northwestern-most point of continental United States. There was a platform there that overlooked Tatoosh Island and the Pacific horizon to the west.
It was a wonderful early morning hike. The views were incredible and the plant growth was like nothing I had ever seen before. Cape Flattery, as well as the surrounding Neah Bay area and Makah Reservation, is stunning and unique. I feel extremely lucky to have the chance to spend over a month in such a beautiful place. I can’t wait to see what else the Olympic Peninsula has in store!