When you get cabin fever from a long and dreary winter, it doesn't really help to spend the weekend at the Washington coast. It does get you out of the house, though, and out on the road - and when you get back to work, you have something to talk about in the break room.
Cape Flattery, the intersection of the Pacific Ocean and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, has always seemed like a particularly interesting place. Big water meets huge shipping channel - it is a gateway from the big wild that leads all the way to the bright lights of the big city. Tatoosh Island stands guard with its lighthouse, just off the point, and you can look out to sea and imagine all of the mariners tales and the many centuries of Makah history. There aren't many roads or towns in the area; there is, however, a lot of rain forest and moss. The Cape Flattery point of land is Makah Indian Reservation and it is pretty much surrounded by national forest land and Olympic National Park. It is hard to miss the impact that logging has had on the region and there is still a strong footprint of shipping and industry.
The hike out to the Cape is short with a good boardwalk trail. It wasn't quite the geographically magical spot I had imagined because the walk ends on a small platform perched on a cliff. The nearby town had felt so quiet and deserted but there were plenty of other folks around on the trail and out at the point so the feeling of expansiveness I was expecting just wasn't there. The seas were calm and there was no wind. I imagine it would feel quite different on a stormy day or in a small boat.
|Hobuck Beach Resort|
It didn't look too bad...