2018-09-26.Grayland Beach State Park
We reluctantly left Olympic National Park and started the long trek home. We traveled south on US 101 along the Pacific Ocean and the western coast of Washington state, finally ending up at Grayland Beach State Park. As with the other Washington State Parks, Grayland Beach is an amazing place both from a location standpoint and from a camper's perspective. First, location....right on the Pacific Ocean with trails leading across the dunes more than a half mile to the ocean itself. The beach is huge and at this time of year, almost deserted. The other occupants looked like specs on the wide expanse. The waves were breaking far out and it was apparent that the shoreline here is uniformly shallow. The tides swept across the beach and left little in their wake save a few stretches of tidal pools. There were no rocks and no driftwood but, I did find two sand dollars; a first for me. When we drove to the neighboring town of Westport, we were treated to the sight of a working fishing fleet complete with sea gulls atop the fish processing plant. Then, a stroll along the beach with Roadie, who swallowed alot of sand trying to retrieve the frisbee from the beach. He is in his element here and on the trails, joyously bounding ahead, then, stopping to make sure that we were coming too, then galloping back to us just so we'd know he was still there. What fun!