|Giant Drift Logs Line the Beach|
|The Drift Logs Come in all Shapes and Sizes|
|The Sea Stacks Are Just Offshore|
|Tim Looming Over the Pacific Ocean|
Next up was the Strait of Juan de Fuca Scenic Byway, which winds its way along the rugged coastline of northwestern Washington State. The road is sandwiched between forests and the water and offers views of Vancouver Island in the distance. In the town of Neah Bay, which is a part of the Makah Indian Reservation, we toured the Makah Museum. The museum tells the fascinating story of the archeological discoveries at the Makah coastal village of Ozette. In 1970 tidal erosion exposed a group of 500-year old houses which had been covered by a sudden and catastrophic mudslide that completely engulfed the village. The museum presents the cultural history of Ozette and displays many of the remarkable artifacts that had been perfectly preserved. Baskets, wooden boxes and even blankets were just a few of the elements of daily life that have been preserved.
|Strait of San Juan de Fuca with Vancouver Island in the Distance|
|Guardians of the Makah Museum|
Visiting extreme geographic points can be a lot of fun. We had made it to the southernmost point when we were in Key West, Florida, and felt almost obligated to visit Cape Flattery, the most northwestern point in the continental United States, since we were so close. We therefore hiked to the lookout at Cape Flattery and were rewarded with stunning views of dramatic sea stacks, huge sea caves and a lighthouse on neighboring Tatoosh Island. I love hikes with rewards, and this reward was one of the best.
|The Northwestern Point in the Continental U.S.|
|Lighthouse on Tatoosh Island|
|A Wild and Rugged Spot|
|Sea Caves Line the Shore|