Ah yes, one of my best guy friends that I’ve known since college had this little day trip planned for weeks, actually probably since the new year. We had a few other places that we wanted to check out, but with my days dwindling before I fly back to Hawai’i, La Push was our 1st choice.
All you Twilight fans out there are familiar with La Push, but it’s located on the coastline of Washington State. During my college days, I did venture out here, but we ran out of time to explore the beaches and excitedly that’s what we did this time.
La Push is about 14 miles from the beloved town of Forks and is home to the Quileute Tribe. We started our journey around 6:30 in the morning; we wanted an early start because it would take us about 3 hours to get there. And with the sun setting early, we wanted to have as much daylight as we could.
I was bit nervous for this drive, no joke, because I haven’t driven over 3 hours in quite a few years. Living on the islands, the most you can drive non-stop is about 45 minutes to an hour. With our early start and destination, we saw maybe less than 100 cars on the way there. Cue scary movie scenes and what not to do. The drive, well when the sun came up, was scenic and peaceful. Washington is the Evergreen State and we are abundant in trees, however, we saw plenty of logging sites, which we kept booing along the way.
Our main goal for this venture was to make it to the various beach stops they had a long the way. And they have quite the interesting names like First Beach … Second Beach … Third Beach. Creative right? Each beach stop offered something different view wise. Plus, we made a random stop at The Big Cedar Tree. We found it quite hilarious to see the sign for this, so of course it was a must-see!
It was high tide when we made our first beach stop, but we were still able to walk along the beach. Apparently a lot of people come out here to surf during the warmer months, you probably think I’m joking, but I’m quite serious. The waters are cold, but they have wet suits when they go.
At Third Beach, it’s the sight to behold with all the different sea rock formations out in the water. From the parking area, it was about a 1.4 miles trek down to the water.The trail is in the forest the whole time and at the end you’re greeted by the ocean. There is a camping site at Third Beach and all along the coastline, we actually chatted a bit with one of the campers who was geared head to toe with camping equipment. He kept asking questions about the area, but we had zero idea since essentially this was both of ours first time visiting the beach.
After taking pictures and basking in the beauty of this place, we made our way back up to the car. And we must have beat the rush because we passed so many people heading down to the ocean. A lot of them had some major camping gear, so it was easy to guess where they were headed.
Washingtonians are generally very friendly people, if you’re outside walking/running/hiking around, they’re bound to greet you. A being from New Jersey thinks this is completely weird. I, however, LOVE it! My friend and I played a little game and made eye contact with each person that we passed, if they smiled or waved, we returned the gesture happily. We kept saying that’s how you knew they were from Washington, we did come across a couple of people with zero acknowledgments; tourists. pshhh 🙂
Then it was off to First Beach, once we got there, we ended up just parking the car and eating our cinnamon rolls that I bought earlier that morning. There was still plenty to see from our parked car, so we weren’t at a loss for not getting out of the car to explore.
The one place I had on my list was Rialto Beach, the pictures I did see online were stunning with all the flat rocks and massive downed trees.
It was such a fun trip and I definitely want to do a camping trip out here with A. If you’re ever visiting Washington, make the trip out to La Push, you won’t regret it.
What are some of your favorite coastal adventures?