Thursday, October 20, 2011

Standing on the edge of the U.S.

Location: Neah Bay

Cape Flattery is the most northwestern point of the contiguous United States and it is worth the long drive and short walk necessary to take in the beauty. It’s at the tippy top of the Olympic Peninsula on the Makah Indian Reservation, tucked in a secluded corner amid cavernous coves and crashing waves.

The walk is ¾ of a mile through a mossy wonderland complete with cedar decks to stand on and gaze out on the turquoise water. This is where you catch your first glimpse of the miniature islands that dot the coast, and possibly the puffins and gray whales that frequent the area.

At the end of the trail, you find yourself on the edge of a cliff and faced with nearby Tatoosh Island. The Makah once used the island as a fish and whaling camp but it has most recently been turned over to the Coast Guard. Staring out at the whitecaps, I noticed a gray whale disappearing beneath the surf and determinedly walked the ridge until I caught his tail in my camera lens.

It’s such a lovely place to relax, it’s hard to tear yourself away.

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