Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Willapa National Wildlife Refuge

This was our last day on the Peninsula and we didn't want to do a lot of driving. The refuge was only about 15 minutes away. There was a walking trail and then a little harder one that headed up into the trees. We decided to take the harder one, it was only 3/4 of a mile. It was harder than we thought and the area was supposed to be full of birds and other wildlife but the only wildlife we encountered was mosquitoes, thousands of them. Even though we used repellent I got the worst of it; the little buggers even got under my socks!

Artwork provided by WSU art students

It was a real pretty walk but tiring too. We left there, had lunch and then all of us took naps. I haven't taken a nap in years but it was very much needed. Later that night we drove to the beach to watch the sunset. It wasn't as pretty as we had hoped but it's just something you have to do.

All in all we had a great time and it was nice to get away. It seems like we have been to every part of the Washington and Oregon coast and I wonder if there are any spots left we haven't seen. I suppose we could go inland but it wouldn't feel like a vacation without that ocean that I am always drawn to. 

I come to the sea to breathe.

Sunday, August 2, 2015


We drove almost 2 hours to get to Westport, a small town mostly drawn to for their commercial fishing and recreational charter fishing. The Marina is the largest on the outer coast of the Pacific Northwest. They try to draw tourists but I noticed many businesses have closed. There really wasn't much to do so we just walked around.

That's it for today, it was kind of a boring, low key day.