Neah Bay! FINALLY!!!

Me at Cape Flaherty... er, Flattery
Me at Cape Flaherty… er, Flattery

 

After a couple of previous incomplete attempts, I finally got out to Neah Bay today – the northwesterly-most point of the Lower 48.

I went to the hand doctor first and got a little bit of a late start and I was really not thinking clearly yet. It was supposed to be a nice day and I considered riding my bike so I did not take a pack, boots, outer layer, or hiking poles with me thinking I would go back home, get the bike and gear, and go for a ride. In Sequim it was raining so I decided to just go ahead and head out to the highway in the car even without my gear. I would still have a great time!

I went out US 101 to state highway 113 to see how it was – I had already been toward Neah Bay on state highway 112 from must west of Port Angeles (car and bike) and wanted to see something different, and I also wanted to see Lake Crescent again and make some stops on some side trips. It was a bit chilly without an outer layer so I will have to go back to check out a waterfall by Lake Crescent that I discovered a trail to, as well as a few other places like the Sol Duc Hot Springs area.

I went to another road near that falls trailhead  and got to get down on the shore of Lake Crescent. Beautiful clear water that turns turquoise when the light hits it just right. It was calm water, the ducks were paddling around, and it was a beautiful day in a beautiful place. Kind of reminded me of the Ozarks in Missour/Arkansas in a way.

Stream and bridge along Lake Crescent - along US 101 in Washington
Stream and bridge along Lake Crescent – along US 101 in Washington
Stream and bridge along Lake Crescent - along US 101 in Washington
Interesting tree near Lake Crescent – along US 101 in Washington
Lake Crescent - along US 101 in Washington
Lake Crescent – along US 101 in Washington
Trees along Lake Crescent - along US 101 in Washington
Trees along Lake Crescent – along US 101 in Washington
The Tree Musketeers along Lake Crescent - along US 101 in Washington
The Tree Musketeers along Lake Crescent – along US 101 in Washington
Lake Crescent - along US 101 in Washington
Lake Crescent – along US 101 in Washington

 

After a stroll along the shore, I got back into the car and went west (as I have always seemed to do) and went onward toward 113 so I could go north. This is the road I started on from the other side on my motorcycle a few weeks back when it got so windy and I had to turn around. It was a nice drive – not very busy and some nice scenery, such as this waterfall:

I went onwards on 112 to get to my destination. It is such a beautiful drive, and I cannot wait to go back on my motorcycle – it was a great drive so it will be a great ride.

Something they call "Rosie" - Washington state highway 112 near Seiku
Something they call “Rosie” – Washington state highway 112 near Seiku
Washington state highway 112 near Seiku
Washington state highway 112 near Seiku
Washington state highway 112 near Seiku
Washington state highway 112 near Seiku
Washington state highway 112 near Seiku
Washington state highway 112 near Seiku

 

I got into the town of Neah Bay. It is on the Makah Reservation. If you go out this way you MUST buy a recreation permit to do things in the area or you will get fined. It is only $10 for a calendar year so it is a great deal, especially for the access you get to beaches and Cape Flaherty… er, Flattery. They are available at most of the stores in town, but I had heard about and decided to stop at Washburn’s – if they do not have it, then you obviously do not need it. A hardware/grocery store with a deli. I got my permit, and a few lunch items and went onward to my destination.

I got the car parked and gathered my food and camera and hit the trail. It is a beautiful trail, with hints of the rain forest in it all around. So peaceful and quiet, add to that a perfect weather day and it was shaping up to be a good trip. Just wish I had my bike… oh well.’ Part of the trail is a raised boardwalk, and the tribe did an outstanding job planning and building the trail. The are log rounds on parts as well.

Skunk cabbage flower - Cape Flattery trail, Neah Bay, WA
Skunk cabbage flower – Cape Flattery trail, Neah Bay, WA
Skunk cabbage flowers - Cape Flattery trail, Neah Bay, WA
Skunk cabbage flowers – Cape Flattery trail, Neah Bay, WA
Boardwalk on trail - Cape Flattery trail, Neah Bay, WA
Boardwalk on trail – Cape Flattery trail, Neah Bay, WA
Tree and boardwalk on trail - Cape Flattery trail, Neah Bay, WA
Tree and boardwalk on trail – Cape Flattery trail, Neah Bay, WA

 

There were some really nice overlook platforms they added and you got views like this:

View from one of the overlooks on the trail looking south toward the Pacific Ocean - Cape Flattery trail, Neah Bay, WA
View from one of the overlooks on the trail looking south toward the Pacific Ocean – Cape Flattery trail, Neah Bay, WA
View from one of the overlooks on the trail looking south toward the Pacific Ocean - Cape Flattery trail, Neah Bay, WA
View from one of the overlooks on the trail looking south toward the Pacific Ocean – Cape Flattery trail, Neah Bay, WA
View from one of the overlooks on the trail looking south toward the Pacific Ocean - Cape Flattery trail, Neah Bay, WA
View from one of the overlooks on the trail looking south toward the Pacific Ocean – Cape Flattery trail, Neah Bay, WA
View from one of the overlooks on the trail looking southeast - Cape Flattery trail, Neah Bay, WA
View from one of the overlooks on the trail looking southeast – Cape Flattery trail, Neah Bay, WA
View from one of the overlooks on the trail looking north across the Strait of San Juan de Fuca toward Vancouver Island, British Columbia - Cape Flattery trail, Neah Bay, WA
View from one of the overlooks on the trail looking north across the Strait of San Juan de Fuca toward Vancouver Island, British Columbia – Cape Flattery trail, Neah Bay, WA

 

I walked out to the farthest lookout. What a view that was:

Panorama of Cape Flattery - Neah Bay, WA
Panorama of Cape Flattery – Neah Bay, WA

 

A sea otter appeared with a baby riding on its belly. Looked a little big to be hitching a ride, but they were staying afloat. It was the end of the U.S.! The island in the middle of the picture has a lighthouse on it. I would love to go check that out.

Sea otter with a baby on board - Cape Flattery, Neah Bay, WA
Sea otter with a baby on board – Cape Flattery, Neah Bay, WA
Island with lighthouse - Cape Flattery, Neah Bay, WA
Island with lighthouse – Cape Flattery, Neah Bay, WA

 

 

This was a great spot for lunch I thought so out came the groceries.

I had lunch, hiked the beautiful trail back to the car, and headed home. I closed up the trailhead and went down to the beach to make sure everyone off the beach for the day. All I saw was this:

Sunset at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge - Sequim, WA
Sunset at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge – Sequim, WA

 

What a gorgeous ending to a great day!

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6 Comments on “Neah Bay! FINALLY!!!

  1. Well, I am exhausted, were you by the time you got back to your cabin? It really is beautiful where you live now. Next you need to go to the mountains there for some pictures. Bet the mountains will bring back happy memories of Colorado for you.

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    • The twisty drive is what wears me out, but it is such a beautiful drive.

      I can see the mountains from the beach, and that is doing me fine for now. I will get up there sometime I am sure. Besides, they are only open on weekends right now. I find that rather odd after living in bigger mountains in CO for 16 years, as well as they will check to see if you have tire chains in your car.

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  2. THANK YOU FOR SHARING ALL OF THIS..IT WAS BEAUTIFUL..YOU LOOK GREAT..IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE WE HAVE SEEN YOU..I ENJOY ALL OF YOUR BLOGS..

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  3. Finally caught up and all I have to say is, you’re old! Will still smiles when I show him the pic from your going away party. He’s skiing blues and not listening to me anymore and listens to the alternative station in town. Time for some serious closet time.

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    • Tell my little buddy Will Fartzolot I said “hi!” please. Wow… skiing blues and listening to alternative. Hard to imagine. And he is not listening to you? Huh? What?!?! Did you say something?!?!

      I believe we are the same age, “Mr. Fartzolot”.

      Hope Mrs. F is doing great and tell her I said “hi” as well. That poor, poor woman… dealing with you two hellions 24/7.

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