David and I arrived in Seattle, rented a car and off we went on our adventure in the Northwest. We couldn’t wait to get out of the city. We are not city people. We headed toward the Pacific Ocean where we had a motel for two nights at Ocean Shores, Washington. Being that is was off season it was not very busy in that area.
Our room faced the ocean side and this was the sunset we saw our first night.
There was a beach if you wanted to walk about a mile through bushes and beach growth and wonder if there were snakes around. I don’t think this beach path has been used for years.
Instead we drove around the town and did some shopping and sight seeing.
You know you are in a beach town when there are sharks and seahorses around.
There were cute little shops and this was my favorite one. They had so many things I would have loved to buy if we had our car and weren’t going back on the train.
It was cute on the outside and the inside.
I bought this bottle of hand soap just because I liked how pretty it was.
Suddenly we started seeing deer. Deer everywhere. I had noticed a sign outside of town that said no hunting. I guess the deer knew this.
Does and this little fawn.
And these gorgeous boys. They were smaller than our deer here in Indiana.
“Aren’t I handsome?” He was not at all afraid of us.
Everywhere we turned, we saw deer. Then we decided to drive onto the beach.
We had it almost to ourselves. Just a few people.
I love the ocean. There is something wild and wonderful about it.
We ate at this place one time. All the locals seemed to like it. You cannot go near the ocean and not eat fish. Well, David didn’t. He ate a hamburger. But I had cod and clams and it was good.
The water was so cold the fishermen wore warm, waterproof clothes to fish in the water. They looked like they were freezing. I walked in the water and it was icy.
One of my favorite birds. I have seen sea gulls on both coasts, the gulf of Mexico,in Alaska, and in the Virgin Islands. They all fascinate me because they are so aware of everything around them. Drop a crump and suddenly you have twenty or more flying around you. I don’t know how they know when food is around, but they always do They act solitary until food is around and then, bam. Every bird for himself.
We left Ocean Shores for the Olympic Peninsula. We didn’t get up there the last time we were in the Northwest and I always hoped to get back. It’s about a three hundred mile loop around it so we decided to take three days to drive it.
There are lodges all around it. We stopped at this one to eat lunch.
How cozy is this? It was chilly out and a roaring fire in the fireplace was just what was needed. Big, comfy couches and chairs around it. Wish we had stayed here.
As it was off season, there were a lot of empty tables.
We were seated right by the window and could look out at a beautiful lake and at birds eating at the bird feeders.
We learned this was a Stellar Jay, not unlike the blue jays in Indiana.
This was our view while we dined. All the Adirondack chairs waiting for people to come sit and look at the scenery.
Anyone could be a Sasquatch. Just put your face in the hole. Sad to say, we saw no Sasquatches while in Washington.
Maybe next time we will stay at this lodge.
We continued up the peninsula in search of the Big Cedar. That will be in the next post. Stay tuned. Bye.