Continuing where we left off in Part 2… Marymere Falls!
Janice expertly squeezed our wide body sports car into one of the last spots in the crowded parking lot at the Storm King Ranger Station, and we set off for a three mile hike among gigantic trees.
Hiking at sea level is awesome, and we cranked the hike out round trip in 1 hour 12 minutes, which isn’t shabby! Overall, it is mostly flat, minus a very steep pitch to get to the waterfall view points. And I realized I finally became that person and hiked in Chacos.
While hiking the wheels in my head began to spin on the time we had left if we wanted to watch the sun set in Ocean Shores, and what we had left on the itinerary. I tentatively asked Janice about how she felt about leaving out Rialto Beach and heading straight to Ruby Beach, and much to my relief she was on board. Back in the car we went, through the trees and over some hills! We made a brief stop in Forks for road trip snacks and caffeine, amping ourselves up for beaches to come.
Y’all! Ruby Beach… oh my goodness! The rocky, pebble shores… the driftwood… THE SEA STACKS! I was in heaven! I’m an oddity for many reasons, but one is in the fact I prefer rocky, cold, and moody ocean views compared to typical tropical beach vibe everyone flocks to… and Ruby Beach had this. Janice was rendered speechless, and I was so relieved to be back on a rocky beach in cooler temperatures as it had been way too long (since January 1, 2020, to be exact!). I’m not sure why we ever left Ruby Beach to be honest, as we slave away in our cubicles as you read this…
Regrettably, we finally did drag ourselves away from Ruby Beach, and drove a short ways to Kalaloch Beach.
Apparently the Kalaloch Beach is split up and numbered, but we accessed whatever beach is right by the campground. Contrasted to Ruby Beach, it was sandy and didn’t have the rocky sea stacks (at least at the part of the beach we visited). However, there was the “Tree of Life,” a sitka spruce whose roots are totally exposed, but yet it just keeps on living. Just one of those wonderful displays of Mama Earth’s resiliency!
Finally it was time to hit the road to our final destination, Ocean Shores. We had originally looked at staying around Astoria, Oregon, but lodging was pricey, and now looking at how exhausting our day was, I am happy we opted to not drive all the way to Oregon! (And happy we forewent Heidi’s Inn as when we drove past it the next day, it was hella sketchy.)
We stayed at the most charming little hotel on the beach, Ocean Shores Resort. We checked in, put on some warmer layers, and headed out for our “night” on the town…
Our dinner plans went mostly like this: “Let’s just do McDonalds.” – Janice “I LOVE BIG MACS!!” – Heidi
Why waste time in a restaurant when there’s a sunset on yet another beach?! What was even cooler is you can drive on the beach at Ocean Shores, so our little red sports car got to come along for the adventure. I was in awe of the setting sun and dramatic cloudscapes. Janice amused herself with jellyfish, and I freaked out thinking one was in my Chaco, and literally kicked off the sandal in her direction while screaming that she needed to check my foot for a jellyfish. Don’t you all wish you could travel with me?! LOL!
Our final night of the trip was upon us, and it was quickly to bed with sand stuck to my toes for another early wakeup to squeeze in all we could before a late flight home.
Hi world, I’m Heidi! Adventurer, road trip fanatic, photography geek, waterfall chaser, geyser gazer, Iceland obsessed, Wyoming native, outdoor lover. I travel a lot personally and for work, and love capturing the awesome and awkward moments along the way.
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