Most of the roads in the area run through the Olympic National Park/Forest so the default is OMG-beautiful everywhere you go. Trees, rivers, meadows, ocean, wildflowers, history, lakes - all of it is everywhere up here. And it is always different.
|Another beautiful drive|
So the drive to Neah Bay is all that. Just like what we've seen and like nothing we've ever seen before. All of Neah Bay is reservation land. I'm not sure how that works inside the national park, I should probably look it up.
Unlike La Push though is the requirement for a recreation pass to be there. Signs tell you they are available everywhere. Until you drive all the way out to Cape Flattery and there's no place to get one, and you need one to park and take the trail to the cape, and you really don't want to come back and find your vehicle gone (not likely, but possible) so you call it "close enough" and turn around and drive back. And pay for a pass at the local eatery.
Neah Bay has an interesting mix of campgrounds including a big field along the beach where mostly tents and a couple smaller trailers are planted where they landed, with extension cords running across campsites and roads connecting to a couple power poles. Mostly young families and younger singles - it looked like they were all having fun. Nearby is a 10-FHU-site park with small cabins, also very close to the beach. In town are two small parks with FHUs on grass fields.
The good size harbor on the Strait of San Juan de Fuca is "just around the corner" from the Pacific Ocean. It was hard for me to make sense of which water was which!
|Neah Bay where the Pacific meets the Strait|
|Neah Bay Harbor|
The blow of a whale spout! Bill saw it's back first so we knew where to watch. I was pretty sure I couldn't catch it with the camera, and didn't want to miss it, so I just stared. There! Another blow and the shiny black skin just whisking the surface next to the rocks. Amazing. Powerful even in the brief glimpse.
|Low fog obscured the Canadian coast|
|No running on this beach|
|And just beyond these - was the whale!|
|Boats tucked in every where|
|RVs tucked in everywhere|
|RVs and boats on four "levels" of town|
|Sunny rain forest|
|Hoh Hoh Hoh|
|Hoh Rain Forest|
|Sasquatch hangs out here after a day on the river. A fine endorsement.|
|Can't we stay forever?|