Our timing has been incredible this summer. While other areas of the country (including our "launch site"), have had scorching temperatures, excessive rains, tornadoes, humidity, and high winds, we have enjoyed near perfect weather every day.
The day we left Dungeness it was heating up to 82 degrees. Not miserable, but hotter than we've seen other than a day in Ukiah several weeks ago. When we arrived two hours later in La Push, WA, it was 67 degrees with a nice breeze. Perfect.
Having the ocean and James Island right out the window was pretty sweet as well. The beach was about 40 yards from our front door.
|From our dining room window|
At first I was disappointed that we were in Site 2, when 3-11 are facing the ocean, and appear to have the better view. But once we were set up it was clear that we had a prime location. Because it sits higher than the others, Site 2 has a great view of the water, looking over the small dune. It is also back farther from the parking area for day-use (open until 11 PM).
The park is on the Quilete Reservation, and like everything here it is owned and run by the tribe. They have a nice general store a block away with everything from propane and diesel fuel to bread and ice cream. The office has a small store as well, with a nice selection of books and quality souvenirs. A tiny coffee kiosk and a small bathhouse round out the "amenities". There is a lodge and several cabins on site as well.
You come here for the beach. It is a very popular surfing spot during the day, and on weekend nights the sky is lit up by fireworks. Big fireworks! Beautiful but really loud until after 10 PM. The Quillayute River flows into the ocean here, and fishing boats pass in and out all day.
|Steps from our site|
|Popular for surfers|
|And fishermen (probably fisherwomen too)|
|And cute little girls|
|Driftwood along the jetty and on the beach|
|Some "pieces" larger than others.....|