Weekend Adventure: Dungeness Spit

Today Ben and I went for a day hike. He wanted a beach hike, so I decided to try the picturesque Dungeness Spit, part of the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge.

Dungeness Spit
Ben hiking

The hike is rated as both easy and picturesque, winding down through a half mile of cedar rainforest then along the long, long narrow spit to the lighthouse at the end – five miles, one way. And then back. Hiking guidebooks recommend doing this hike at low tide; I second that! As the tide rises, there’s an awful lot of scrambling through driftwood and deep sand required.

Broken Boat
Beach Flowers

The wildlife refuge exists to protect native colonies of Brant geese and other birds; we saw cranes, murres, murrelets and finches. I didn’t even try to get pictures, still, it was fun trying to spot them.

Jeri at Lighthouse
Towards Port Angeles

I’d never done a day hike this long before, but figured it would be flat and easy, why not try? And I did it. :) Still, with the shifting sand and beach pebbles and the driftwood scrambling, I’m definitely going to feel it tomorrow.

4 Responses to “Weekend Adventure: Dungeness Spit”

  1. Janiece Says:

    You look great!

    And what a pretty spot!

  2. Becca Says:

    You are doing great! Keep up the great strides you are making and beautiful pictures!

  3. Vince Says:

    That looks like a lot of fun!

  4. Mom Says:

    Awesome pictures! The travelers look great also!