A Week At the Ocean

Louie and I continued our third year of tradition by going to the Ocean for a week last week. We got to a little town called Moclips on the Olympic Peninsula near the Quinalt Indian Reservation land. In fact we wandered on the edge of the Res. in our hikes around the territory. It was a peaceful and wonderful week at the Sea, just being with the tides and the woods and the sun, which amazingly shown the whole time we were there. Wow!

We left Seattle on Monday with plans to stay thru Friday and saw a bit of rain on the way but it wasn’t bad, and by the time we arrived it was sunny and bright out. I immediately took the first picture here from the porch outside our window. This is the view we had the whole time we were there on the ocean. It was magnificent and so close it felt you could just touch it.

You can see how old this motel is, and how funky. It’s about a 1/2 a star rating I have to say but we like it OK and it’s so close to the beach you can’t beat it for the price and ease of access. And being so close to the Res. is wonderful all by itself. We spent a whole day on the Res. at the Quinalt Lake and I’ll post a couple posts on that later on. This is about our time at the sea.

You can just make out the bald eagle in the shot here. It’s right in the middle of the picture, which I blew up so it’d seem closer to us. This was the first day we were there and it’s a real treat to see it dancing in the wind. We have them in Seattle too of course but there’s something that’s really cool about seeing one in the wild like this. Such a magnificent bird.

There’s a lot of trails into the rain forest and I’ve tried to capture a feel of what it’s like to walk along the beach and into all the forest itself. The wind does a really cool job of sculpting the plants and trees at the waters edge. It gets pretty high sometimes but when we were there we had a big beach to wander on. But in winter’s high tide time it gets pretty high and all the beach is under water. I’d not want to be there then I think…

We just wandered all over in the rainforest. The area gets over 100 inches of rain a year and it shows with all the mossy growth on the trees. I shot a picture with a huckleberry and a salal just growing in the top of an old piling. This is called a nurse tree and I’ll show more in another post. Many plants start out on rotting timber. It’s a handy spot to be in I guess.

Many of the rest of these shots show what it’s like to be inside the forest, and some of the cool things we found in it, like the treefort some kids probably put together to hang out in. It’s perfect for that and only a short walk from town, tho it feels miles away. I can just imagine the parties they hold there in the summer… 😉

It’s almost eerie inside the forest, it’s so green with the sunlight filtering down thru the plants. The trees are mostly Sitka Spruce which usually get huge but here they’re almost dwarf but still large in the trunk. They make the forest so interesting and the ways they’ve found to grow is just amazing.

We wandered along the edge of the Res. every day we were there, taking pictures and just being amazed at the scenery. There’s something very magical about being in a rain forest with all its colors and the constant dampness and rot. It’s very primeval seeing it in its growth and decay.  It makes you feel like you’re all alone in the world and no one can touch you. An amazing feeling to have.

I’ll write more on visiting the Quinalt Reservation later on and show you some big trees we saw. I’ll do that in a few days or so. We’re still recovering from all the walking we did on the trip. I’m not used to so much and it got me pretty good, but it’s OK because it was so healthy to do and made us feel so good to be there. We’re lucky to have been able to take this trip and I hope we can make it a 4 year tradition next year.

From Moclips on the Sea,

Steve

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  1. Steve, what a wonderful way to spend a week. I could probably sit and stare at the ocean for a week and not move! 🙂 The pics of the rain forest are really cool….almost primeval looking. And I love all the moss and the windswept plants. What a great place to get away and unwind!

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    • We spent many hours just watching the ocean and the river while we were there. It’s wonderfully peaceful and relaxing. So soothing to hear the waves and feel the salt spray. And the Rain Forest is simply incredible. I am always amazed at how the wind sculpts the plants there and how dwarf they become at the edge of the sea while inland they grown huge and tall. So cool!
      Thanks for visiting me,
      Steve

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  2. Way cool place! So glad you could enjoy such gorgeous weather, too! Thanks for sharing these beautiful pix, and best to you both.

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    • Hey Kurt! Thanks for visiting me. We had a great time at the sea. I hope we can make it back again next year tho they’re rebuilding the motel so we’ll see. Glad you liked the pictures.
      Best to you both as well,
      Steve

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  3. Some of those pics looked like Bilbo Baggins should be walking down the trail to greet you-lol…magical forest indeed! Beautiful! Good to hear you got away and enjoyed nature:-)

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    • I have the same feelings. It’s so hobbit like isn’t it? It’s very miniature but so aged. Very remarkable. Thanks for your good wishes on our getaway. It was wonderful…. 😉
      peace,
      Steve

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  4. What an atmosphere this ancient forest by the sea, and beautiful photos. I guess half a star motel is rather nice – makes you feel more part of it all?

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    • Yes you do feel a part of it when you stay at a low rate motel that is right on the beach. It’s actually quite nice and really wonderful there. A whole different world.
      Peace,
      Steve

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  5. Steven! Another wonderful time off! What an excellent way to do so. The pictures, as all others, are awesome. The nook–wow! How creative is that? And looks so cozy. What a stunning beach. Thank you once again for sharing these delights. XXOO 🙂

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    • It was a great week we spent at the ocean. Thanks for the nice comments about the pictures. I enjoy taking them but I”m not a very good photographer, I just use good subjects.. 😉 Glad you enjoyed this.
      peace,
      Steve

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