I haven't taken a vacation, let alone an over-nighter in seven years! Some of that was due to low funds in the beginning of my New Pioneer adventure, later it was an unreliable vehicle that left me leery of going too far. But in the past two years I have had a reliable new car and enough money for at least an over-nighter - some place. However other things had to line up as well - like two days off in a row, near perfect weather and not during a holiday.
Finally this month it all aligned and I was off to drive the "loop" as we call it out here. It all happens on highway 101 and goes all the way around the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state.
I left from my place in Lilliwaup on the Hood Canal at 7:30am and headed north through Sequim and Port Angeles. Then there's a lovely drive around Lake Crescent.
Next stop is Forks, filled up the gas and another quick 30 minutes to Ruby Beach, totaling 4.5 hours drive.
There is something magical about Ruby Beach! It has the coolest rock formations, pebbles, wildlife and spectacular views. The sun was shining brightly and after the fog burned off it was 76 degrees!
Next stop just south of Ruby is Beach #4. I do not know why they call it that. It too has some fabulous rock formations and views.
Then it is back on the road for another hour and a half drive inland around the Quinault Indain Reservation, then out Moclips Highway back to the coast.
I reserved a room for one night at the cozy Sandpiper Beach Resort.
This was the view from my cabin. I sat out on the deck till after sundown.
Finally I got to see the sunset on the coast. What took me so long, who knows, but I won't wait this long ever again.
As a PS, it's only another 2.5 hour drive home from here around the southern end, through Aberdeen, then east to Shelton and back up 101 to home.