Saturday, July 20, 2013. Gray and misty. Low: 54; high: 62.
We headed out towards La Push and Rialto Beach, a short 12 mile drive. We continued to Rialto Beach and it was beautiful, shrouded in mist and fog. A very different beach than on the east coast. Gray granular sand, many flat rounded rocks, huge driftwood logs, and large rocks off shore called Seastacks. The picnic area at Rialto Beach had tall fir trees right up to the beach area.
After lunch in the mist, we sat on a log and watched the waves crash against the shore. Cormorants were sitting beyond the waves and we saw a sea otter laying on his back beyond the breakers through the binoculars.
Sunday, July 21, 2013. Started out gray and misty. Low: 54; high: 68.
Ruby Beach had a steep, downhill trail so we decided to come back later when the fog had lifted a bit. We stopped along Highway 101 at Big Cedar Tree. There was a short nature trail through a cedar woods to the huge twisted and gnarly tree. There was also a nice group of old growth cedars in the woods.
Another trail led us to spruce burls, rounded knobs on the trees that are tumors. Damage to a tip or bud of the Sitka spruce causes growth cells to divide more rapidly than normal to form swellings or burls on the trees.
Trails to beaches, including Ruby Beach and Kalaloch Beach: