First Beach

Sometimes simple is best. At least that’s what I think the namers of Washington’s First Beach were thinking when they came up with that moniker.

There’s also Second Beach. I imagine them being so proud of themselves, sitting around the table, thinking of what to call these gorgeous places on the west coast of the state, and after they named the – wait for it – first one, they thought, hey! We’ve got a good thing going! And Second Beach it was.

But there’s also Third Beach. Now I’m starting to doubt their belief in simplicity, and think maybe there was a big game on TV. “Okay, we’ve got First and Second, so let’s see,” (checks watch), “how about Third Beach? That’s catchy, don’t you think?” (Grunts of agreement, then chairs scraping as everyone gets up and races out the door to catch the kickoff.)

Or it could be that since all these wonderful beaches exist in a place called La Push, Washington, maybe they just figured they couldn’t compete name-wise with something that sounds like a disco move.

Regardless, First Beach is well worth a visit.

First Beach

The ghost of a beach stack emerging on the horizon.

First Beach

I loved the texture of the rocks against the sand and water.

First Beach

This big old tree toppled over who knows when.

First Beach

Apparently I can’t get enough of rocks and water.

First Beach

Not really a place to get a tan, but tanning is bad for you anyway.

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  1. Sherry in MT November 23, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

    That last one rocks the house miss!!!! I love those old trees as well, thinking of if they just fell off and have stayed there to weather or how much they’ve rolled around. I too adore the more rugged coast lines with their hidden gems of sandy beaches!
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    • deonne November 23, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

      Sherry – Thank you! That’s my favorite photo, too. That tree fascinated me – where had it been rooted? What did it take to get it to the shore? Unanswered questions that I’ll have to go back and research further. 🙂

  2. countedx58 November 23, 2015 at 7:11 pm #

    The last one is my favorite, too. I’m intrigued by that little line of sticks. What’s it for? Who put it there? That sort of thing.

    • deonne November 23, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

      Counted – Thanks for the vote! I assumed that was the remains of a walkway or pier, but maybe that makes no sense. It is lovely in its order and mystery, though.

  3. Judy Wagner smith November 24, 2015 at 4:39 am #

    Love the rocks in the foreground but I think rod would have a difficult time getting them in my van & he would probably grumble a bit. Do you know what they are? I also love the tree, can you go in it? You do fabulous pictures.

    • deonne November 24, 2015 at 7:08 am #

      Judy – Nice to see you here, and thank you for the kind words! Your comment about the rocks made me laugh. I don’t know what they are, but they would look great in the yard, I agree. You can walk into the tree! It’s that big. A lovely beach all around.

  4. Manisha December 2, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

    I remember that place. beautiful! We went a decade before Twilight was published and since then, I’ve been worried that the place has changed because of that silly book. I can see from your photos that it is as beautiful as ever. Did you encounter any weird Twilight stuff or has that all blown out to the ocean?
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    • deonne December 3, 2015 at 7:39 am #

      Manisha – The town (Forks) is all about the books still! There are references to Twilight everywhere, and in fact the weekend I was there the author of the books (Stephanie Meyer) was in town for a ten-year anniversary event. Twihards were everywhere, and I tried to get in to the book signing, but it got so big Meyer did a lottery to allow a few people in – and I had missed the lottery. Sigh. Would have been great material for the blog, that’s for sure.

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