A few days ago we went to the NW point of Washington, Cape Flattery. We figured it was the farthest we could get from Atlanta in the 48 contiguous states so we needed to say we were there. Can you blame us?
We are on the Olympic Peninsula and had gone up to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park and visited the Ranger Station but much of the outside edge of the peninsula has little towns or Indian reservations and Highway 101 is the only route around this whole area.
After moving the motorhome to Forks, WA we drove up to the Makah Indian Reservation and toured their wonderful little museum which was delightfully rich in history. You can visit their site at http://makahmuseum.com (One of the interesting facts was that the Indians did not have sheep or goats so they used the cedar trees to make clothes and bred a certain type of dog for its wool.)
After the museum we drove as close as we could to the point and then hiked our way down the trail. The trail itself was beautiful with old grooved trees, thick green mosses and the most charming rough cut boardwalks. The smell of the ocean was calling us as we hiked and when we arrived at the point we were rewarded with gorgeous sunshine and a rough sculpted coastline. It was amazing!
We enjoyed our lunch here and decided we needed to dip our toes in the Pacific Ocean so we left the Reservation and headed down the coast to a sandy beach. The water is pretty consistently between 40 and 50 degrees so the kids were telling me to hurry up and take the picture because their feet were freezing. Ah, torture!