This beach is truly one of our favorite places to visit in the world. All four seasons of Scenic Boy Adventures, we've ventured out to this remote wilderness beach to enjoy the magical energy that radiates from the area. This beautiful location is just below the northwest tip of Washington's peninsula and is protected within the boundaries of Olympic National Park.
Scenic Boy George finally made it on a trip this year, along with our little buddy Adam. Kate, the tokin' lesbian of the group, brought her str8 brother Paul who was visiting from Montana. This was his first trip to the Pacific Ocean and Kate's first to Shi Shi Beach.
The trail begins in the Makah Reservation, where we had to get all the appropriate passes to be on tribal land. Since the entire western half of Washington's peninsula is a temperate rainforest, it's trails are usually a wet and muddy challenge. Thankfully we were all prepared with hiking boots and made it through the 3 mile hike to the beach.
The day was clear, blue and sunny, perfect for an afternoon of beach combing. We chose a nice place in the sand a few miles from where the trail came to the beach. After cracking open some Rainier Beers and boxed wine, we began to let the creative juices flow and built and wall of drift wood and sea treasures around our camp. It's amazing what washes up on the beach. We found some cool Japanese bottles and more bouies than we knew what to do with.
The Point of the Arches is the highlight of visiting Shi Shi Beach. Giant sea stacks, arches, and caves all covered in amazing sea life. But by the time we got to the arches the tide was already coming up. So we enjoyed it while we could and decided to explore the rest early the next day.
Back at the fort, we relaxed, rested, laughed and eventually made dinner and dessert (both of which were freeze dried, but very good). As we were eating we noticed that a few groups of people were stacking drift wood into big pillars. Realizing they were making bon fires, we quickly put one together ourselves. Over all the years we've been coming here this is the first time we've seen others making these awesome fires. So right at sunset the torches were lit and the wooden towers were ignited.
The heat given off by this mighty blaze was enough for a few of us to strip down to our skivies and dance around it like a bunch of crazies. This whole time we were trying to get Paul to join the fun, mostly to see him in his underwear. It didn't take much for him to decide that if we all ran into the Pacific Ocean, he'd strip down and do it with us. So strip down he did and we all took multiple runs to the water and back to the warmth of the bon fire.
Don't miss part two of this coastal adventure! We'll put up the second half after we get back from Burning Man 2010!