Slowing Down at Kalaloch Beach

Sam and I had been on the road a few weeks by the time we found the campground at Kalaloch Beach  (“clay-lock”) in Olympic National Park, Washington.

For this last Scamp I had set up what turned out to be an exhausting pace, driving hither and yon (that’s a real place on the west coast, I swear) to see the National Parks. Sam and I were both ready for a major slowdown – long beach walks, no driving, naps.

We found a sweet spot at the Kalaloch campground, a two-minute walk from the path down to the shore. We went to sleep with the roar of the ocean, and woke up to fog and a blissful cool and damp after so much fire and smoke. We walked on the beach morning, noon, and evening, with Sam off leash and me poking along behind. Heaven.

Slowing Down at Kalaloch Beach

Ahhh.

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Otherworldly landscape.

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There were random trees embedded in the sand.

And then, there was this:

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Didn’t you just feel your heart rate slow down?

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Oh. My.

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Okay, one more.

Plus, sea anemones:

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Asleep.

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Awake!

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Someone had made a wall by the trail out of charred tree trunks.

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The texture and colors were gorgeous.

If you get a chance – go. If you’re not into camping, there’s a lodge down the road which has a great little restaurant (with a view of the ocean, natch), and the cabins are supposed to be comfy. Kalaloch was definitely a highlight of the trip.

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6 Comments

  1. Sherry in MT November 10, 2015 at 9:02 am #

    Lovely spot for sure! Watching the snow out my window right now it was perfect timing!
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    • deonne November 10, 2015 at 9:35 am #

      Sherry – Nice! Glad I could help. 🙂

  2. Emilie Vardaman November 11, 2015 at 6:27 am #

    Oh, my!! What gorgeousness!
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    • deonne November 11, 2015 at 8:41 am #

      Emilie – Yes! I loved it. Such a treat to be there for a few days.

  3. Manisha November 13, 2015 at 8:11 am #

    Gorgeous. It is shocking how incredibly beautiful it all is. I’m so glad you captured all that beauty in photos.
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    • deonne November 13, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

      Manisha – It was ridiculously pretty. I’d love to get back – we should meet there and have a Pentax-fest. 🙂

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