Friday Lens Affair #81

Olympic Peninsula

Today I’m featuring great photography taken by Angela Anderson in Olympic Peninsula. I felt for this place from the very first sight, back in 2010! Couldn’t resist hosting this picture! Angela is super bubbly Girl running Angela Travels Blog. You can follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Picture Story: Olympic Peninsula, WA, USA

After a year of the Olympic Mountain Range taunting me to explore from across the Puget Sound, I finally made it to Washington’s coastline. A short drive and ferry ride from Seattle, WA, the Olympic Peninsula offers amazing hiking and camping options. My boyfriend and I decided to finish the summer by heading to the coast to enjoy some sand and sun for my birthday. Since boyfriend is not a huge Twilight fan, we stuck to our hiking plans and avoided Forks and La Push, but I kept my eyes out for vampires and werewolves.

After registering with the park rangers, we were ready to dodge the tide to hike along the coast. Just offshore are rock stacks broken away from the corroding coast. Beaches were lined with various types of seaweed, including long strands of kelp, which Andy (pictured) decided to act like Indiana Jones and whip the kelp towards me. I was a little grossed out by the kelp, so I kept my distance.

Switching between the beach and the wooded bluffs, we hiked to the tunes of nature-leaves rustling in the wind and waves crashing against the shore. When we finished hiking the bluffs, we hiked barefoot along the beach. After hiking roughly 11 km (or 7 miles), we set up camp, watched the sun set and the stars twinkle. The trail is usually a 29 km (or 18 mile) hike one way but can be done in sections. We started at Third Beach and continued as far as Toleak Point. It was truly an amazing trip. More tide crossings were required on our hike back. I was crawling under fallen trees and running as the waves retreated. We had perfect weather and plan on making it an annual trip with friends. I am also going to bring my bathing suit next time, along with my Kindle, more food and materials for a fire on the beach.


34 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair #81

  1. Yet another stunning picture! Always enjoyed following Angela on her travels especially when she showcases her favorite spots from Washington. We are heading there in October and really looking forward to exploring this peninsula and hopefully taking some equally fascinating shots ourselves.
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  2. antonette - we12travel

    Awesome picture! I’ve recently been to Vancouver Island and couldn’t help but stare at the Olympic mountains/peninsula across Juan de Fuca Strait all the time. WA and OR are high up on my wishlist and hopefully I can make it over there from Europe within the upcoming couple of years…
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  3. Hahaha Every time I go to the beach, I throw seaweed at my sisters as well…it must be a guy thing! lol Beautiful picture though, I’d love to visit Seattle soon! :-)
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    • I love Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula, been many times, even this year in March! Recommend this to everyone, great place!
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  4. Alli

    I certainly feel for you when you mention the length of the hike! A lotta hard work ;)
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  5. Hannah

    Wow that looks stunning! I bet it made for a great place to stargaze on clear nights :)
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  6. Great picture Angela. When you have a side subject moving away from you, like this walker then it really gives a sense of reflection and for me, a timelessness to a picture.

    Great to see Angela featured, she is an excellent blogger too.

    • She is great indeed, and whole charm about this picture for me is this men walking….
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    • Angela Travels

      Thanks! It is a great hike and one of my favorites in the area. Took a few friends with me the last time I hiked it, and they loved it as well! Such a unique experience.

  7. Maria Antonia Fernandez

    It looks like a paradise. I’m from Spain and I don’t know much about USA. WA, for me, was a frozen and dark place. Thanks for show me my mistake!

    • :) We all make assumptions, but that is why travel is so important, we learn all our lives!
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  8. I’ve always wanted to visit Washington and this gives me even more reason to go. I’m hoping to finally make myself get out there in October! Now that I’m back in the States for a bit, no excuses!
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    • Indeed no excuse Beth. And whole Washington is super pretty!
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    • Angela Travels

      You will have to let me know if you make it out to Seattle! I really like to share why I love this amazing state! Welcome back to the States!!!

  9. Charli

    What a great place to explore with just your backpack and a tent! I’ve yet to see much of the USA but I can imagine I’d like the Olympic Peninsula.
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  10. That is so cool! I mean it’s only recently that I’ve been seeing so many wonderful photos of the Washington coast and I always believe (until I read the text) that it’s in Asia or something! It’s so magnificent, I never expect it to be in the US! Beautiful photo!

  11. Jamie

    This is such a beautiful part of WA – I love it!
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    • It really is, and thinking that some people can enjoy such beauties every day of their lives!
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  12. La Push is my absolute favorite hiking/camping spot! My husband and I actually got married on second beach!

  13. Molly

    What a beautiful coastline. Mollyxxx
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    • Yes, this coastline is great. I think some of the most beautiful beaches in whole US I have seen in Oregon and Washington states.
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  14. Ani

    That’s such a refreshing picture, especially on a summers day :) 11 km along the beach sounds like a great idea – would love to do this someday

  15. Nancy

    Such a amazing place for visit. Thanks for posting nice views.
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