Ocean waves roll in and out against the rocky seaweed-covered coastline

Ocean waves roll in and out against the rocky seaweed-covered Washington coastline

Leaving Seattle, instead of heading due north into Canada, I decided to take a more scenic route and opted to go west to the Olympic Peninsula first for a bit and then take the ferries up into Canada. My intention was to first go camp in Olympic National Park for a little while and take it easy, exploring the rainforest there. After checking in with a ranger station and seeing how far some of the places I wanted to go visit were (the rainforest is on the southern part of the park and I was on the northern part), a ranger suggested I stop by and check out the Salt Creek Campground right up along the waterway between Canada and Washington. He informed me that this was one of the most beautiful local parks you could visit, and it was not as well known as Olympic NP. What a cool recommendation this turned out to be!

Arriving at the park and finding a place to park, I wound up grabbing a spot next to a bunch of other Subaru Outbacks. One of the other drivers who’d parked there at right around the same time joked that there should be a sign here that says Subaru Parking. 😀

Happy line of Subaru Outbacks at the campground

Happy line of Subaru Outbacks at the campground

I took a stroll down to the water and didn’t take my big camera gear since I felt like traveling light. My phone beeped at me and I took a look at the text message that had come in. It was from AT&T saying that I actually had Canadian cell service now. What!? I’m still on American soil here! So with the phone and data services turned off, here’s a snap of the sunset on my phone, taken on American land in Canadian cell service territory. 🙂

Sunset along the Salt Creek Campground coast

Sunset along the Salt Creek Campground coast

Yeah, this is lookin’ pretty awesome. Maybe I should go and grab my bigger camera and set up to take some shots…

Looking west into the sunset along the Salt Creek Campground

Looking west into the sunset along the Salt Creek Campground

Definitely a cool looking place. In fact, as the light started to dip lower and lower, the views got even better, and I got a chance to have some fun with longer exposures. 🙂

Sunset along the bouldery ocean

Sunset along the bouldery ocean

Right along the coast were these beautiful boulders and the waves would keep flowing in and out of all the little crevices between the rocks and overtop of the seaweed covered stones. It was really a beautiful place, and the changing tide throughout the day meant that the water level the following morning would probably be different than what I was seeing here this evening.

Ocean waves roll in and out against the rocky seaweed-covered coastline

Ocean waves roll in and out against the rocky seaweed-covered coastline

I’d showed a friend of mine this picture and she was wondering why it didn’t look like anywhere she’s seen along the Washington coast. While this place technically is a coast, I think, it actually isn’t considered the Washington coast. You see, what they call the coast is actually western coast of the state that runs down to Oregon and California. This place is actually on the northern part of the Olympic Peninsula between Washington and Vancouver Island in Canada (not to be confused with the city of Vancouver on the mainland). There’s this body of water that flows in from the ocean, kinda like a big river, called the Juan De Fuca Strait, and that’s where we were for this picture.


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Ocean or strait, it was still a beautiful place. There was a bunch of seaweed around, as well as some cranes that would sit on the driftwood and slowly rise up and down with the waves. If you look on the far right side of this image, you’ll see one in the distance.

Seaweed and oceanwater along the Olympic Peninsula

Seaweed and oceanwater along the Olympic Peninsula

This place had developed campsites you could throw a tent up in, but I decided to try something a little different this evening. You see, there was an old WWII bunker there near the water that you could hop inside.

WWII bunker I spent the night in

WWII bunker I spent the night in

What’s it like inside? Well it’s basically just a rectangular room with a falling apart metal ladder along the back wall that leads to a hatch on the roof that’s since been permanently sealed off. It’s dark and the concrete floor was cold, but no worse than sleeping on snow or cold earth. Just bring in an insulated sleeping pad, a sleeping bag, a headlamp, and a water bottle, and you’re set! Perhaps the most difficult thing was just getting in and out through the opening on the far side. It’s takes a sort of gymnastics effort to get one leg up and over, then the other.

This is one of those random things that now that I’ve done, I probably wouldn’t do again… but at least I guess now I can say I’ve slept in a WWII bunker…? 🙂

One Comments

  1. Mark Hoffman
    on November 12th, 2010
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    Gorgeous sunsets and I love what you did with the longer exposure settings! We hiked Providence Canyon together a couple of years ago. It looks like you’ve put some miles between us since then. Be well and keep going!

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