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Glass Beach

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My mom read about a beach with lots of sea glass, the catch is that you have to hike three to four miles each way to reach it. 

It's accessible through two access points/trailheads in Port Townsend, Washington. We parked at North Beach on Kuhn St. and walked west along the beach to find the seaglass. The other option (according to Pacific NW Beachcombing) is to park at the Marina Drive parking lot at Cape George and walk east along the beach.

If you're coming from the east, two old car axles about 3 miles in mark where you can start to find sea glass. You need to make sure you time it for low tide and that you don't get stuck out there at high tide.

On our hike/walk, some of the people who we passed going back to their cars said it wasn't a very good day for sea glass, so that was disappointing, but we managed to find a bit anyways. 

White glass was pretty common, with brown, green, and blue, and even pieces of porcelain. My favorite piece I found was one piece of pink sea glass.

 
 

Finally, one more cool thing I found along the beach, was a possible fern fossil.

 
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Hiking on the beach isn't really my idea of fun. I find it more exhausting than going uphill. So while this isn't a hike I'll do again anytime soon, it was fun to go out and get the glass. 

Do you know of any good places to find sea glass?

Ebey's Landing Hike on Whidbey Island

Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing
Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing

I'd been looking for a hike I could do safely by myself. Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island is well-populated, only 5.6 miles long, and not very technical. It's also not in the middle of the mountains. So I picked it.

It happened that my mother came along, which made it a lot funner. But it did mean that I wasn't by myself. Not a bad fact.

You may need a ferry reservation to access this hike. We got lucky and made it on as a stand-by, but barely.

Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing
Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing
Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing
Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing

We parked at the trailhead across from the cemetery for the hike. The Washington Trails Association had recommended that trailhead for more of a hike and the other one for more of a beach walk.

We'd chosen a day to go when it was supposed to be raining sideways. Thankfully, the rain and wind weren't as bad as predicted. It rained a bit, but I stayed dry in my Arc'teryx. My mom's Columbia wetted out.

The prairieland here was amazing. Nothing like other parts of Western Washington I've seen.

Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing
Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing
Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing
Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing
Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing
Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing

At one point two bald eagles flew at eye level maybe 15 feet off the trail. It was amazing. I had my phone in my hands but was too busy looking at them to take a picture. So I took one when they were flying away.

Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing
Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing
Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing
Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing
Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing
Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing

I could have done without the walk on the beach. It wasn't as enjoyable as the walk on the bluff. If I did it again, I'd probably stay on the bluff, walk down the hill to the beach, and then back up to the bluff and just do a there and back.

It was a pretty good day-hike. Afterwards we took the ferry back to Port Townsend (again, get reservations!), got pizza for lunch, stopped at a loose-leaf tea place where I found my new favorite decaf tea, and drove home.

Do you have any fairly easy hikes you'd recommend in the area?

Kalaloch Hike: Tree Cave and Ruby Beach

Northwest Pearls: Ruby Beach
Northwest Pearls: Ruby Beach

At the the beginning of this month, we drove out to Kalaloch and Ruby Beach to hike. I'd really wanted to see the Tree Cave located at Browns Point. Both hikes are hampered by high tides, so we went to the Tree Cave first.

Northwest Pearls: Tree Cave
Northwest Pearls: Tree Cave
Northwest Pearls: Kalaloch
Northwest Pearls: Kalaloch

Apparently the tree is right off the beach access point. Like right off. The friend I went with didn't realize that all I wanted to see was the tree, so once we got figured that out, and he told me he really wanted to see Ruby Beach for its rock formations, we went back to the car and drove to Ruby Beach.

Northwest Pearls: Ruby Beach
Northwest Pearls: Ruby Beach
Northwest Pearls: Ruby Beach
Northwest Pearls: Ruby Beach
Northwest Pearls: Ruby Beach
Northwest Pearls: Ruby Beach

It was a sunny day for our adventure, but it was around 22 degrees. We walked south down the beach, explored some small caves and some large rocks before hanging out for a while. We did have to keep an eye on the tide because we didn't want to get stranded and have to climb through the woods.

The North end of the beach had a stream blocking us from accessing it. But my friend really wanted to get over there so he forded it in his hiking boots. Once there he wanted me to see it, so after a moment of deliberation- I didn't have a change of shoes like he did- I started to take my shoes off. But he came back over and carried me to the other side. We explored around there for a little while, and had to keep moving to keep his feet warm, before he carried me back over and we went to warm up in the car.

It was a cool beach and I can see why it's popular. I'd like to go back at a very low tide and explore some more.

Are there any beaches you like to go to that haven't been "discovered" yet?

Northwest Pearls: Kalaloch
Northwest Pearls: Kalaloch

Beachy Bonfire

One of the many days I spent in Three Arch Bay in Laguna Beach was spent there around sunset. We had a bonfire and climbed around Whale Rock to see the sunset. Northwest Pearls: Beachy Bonfire

Northwest Pearls: Beachy Bonfire

Northwest Pearls: Beachy Bonfire

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A cool trick we figured out is that you can put a plastic bottle of sparkling water (our bottle was green,) or a plastic cup filled with liquid, over the flashlight on your phone and create a sort of makeshift lantern to diffuse the light.

Northwest Pearls: Beachy Bonfire

Northwest Pearls: Beachy Bonfire

Do you have any bonfire or beach tricks?

A Walk at the Beach

There's not much better than a sunny day at the beach. We took the dog for a walk at Three Arch Bay in Laguna Beach, CA. It's such an amazing beach. I love going there. Most of the pictures I took that day there didn't turn out very well. But I'll post some more pictures from other days soon! Northwest Pearls: A Walk at the Beach

Vashon Island: Stairs to the Sea

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I ventured down to Vashon Island again to go to Minglement for some loose leaf tea and to ZuZu’s Ice Cream (located in the same location as Minglement) for some ice cream. I decided to get the Mayan Chocolate ice cream and it was probably the best chocolate ice cream I've had in my life.

It was made with coconut milk and had cinnamon and what I believe he said was cardamom.

After that heavenly treat, we went to Thriftway for some coconut chicken curry soup. We get it most times we go to Vashon and this time we took it and went to a public pier to eat it. We sat at a picnic table and when we were about to leave, noticed the stairway going into the water. So with a few minutes to spare before we had to catch our ferry, we took some pictures.

Northwest Pearls: Stairs to the Sea

Northwest Pearls: Stairs to the Sea

Photo by M.R.

Northwest Pearls: Stairs to the Sea

Photo by M.R.

There are a lot of fun things to do on Vashon. Have you ever been out to the island? What have you thought?

Sunglasses: Target (old)

Jacket: Loft

Jeans: Loft (old)

Shoes: Nordstrom: Sperry

Watch: Nordstrom: Anne Klein (old) Similar here and here

Three Arch Bay

Northwest Pearls: Three Arch Bay One of my favorite places to visit in California is Three Arch Bay, a private neighborhood and beach. I have an aunt and uncle who live there so I'm able to visit most trips. Here's a few of my favorite pictures from two different days at the beach, one with my aunt, and one with a college friend. I didn't edit any of the pictures, I only straightened them (except the last one.) The last one with A's silhouette I edited because I had trouble with the lighting and the contrast.

Northwest Pearls: Three Arch Bay

Northwest Pearls: Three Arch Bay

Northwest Pearls: Three Arch Bay

Northwest Pearls: Three Arch Bay

Northwest Pearls: Three Arch Bay

Northwest Pearls: Three Arch Bay

Northwest Pearls: Three Arch Bay

Northwest Pearls: Three Arch Bay

Northwest Pearls: Three Arch Bay

A and I bought sandwiches for lunch at Gelson's Market in Laguna Beach and brought them down to the beach to eat. They were such good sandwiches, I'd recommend going there if you're in the area.

I love how all my pictures turned out, especially considering I took all of these on my phone. What's someplace you like to relax?

Lunch on the Oceanside Pier

Northwest Pearls: Lunch on Oceanside Pier While I was on vacation in Southern California I went down to Oceanside, CA to have lunch at Ruby's on the pier. I ordered a yummy BLTA and onion rings and after eating we took our time walking down the pier, looking at the waves coming in and at the pelicans hanging out.

Northwest Pearls: Lunch on Oceanside Pier

Northwest Pearls: Lunch on Oceanside Pier

We also grabbed bubble tea (or boba tea) from Bubble Tea in Oceanside. It's tea with milk and tapioca balls added in. There are different variations on the drink but it's pretty good. I like the tapioca balls but usually can't finish them all. My aunt was obsessed with the drink and was craving it just a couple of hours later.

Northwest Pearls: Lunch on Oceanside Pier Northwest Pearls: Lunch on Oceanside Pier

Dress: Target (old)

Blazer: Target (old)

Sunglasses: Target (old)

Purse: Fossil from Nordstrom

Shoes: Crown By Børn from Nordstrom

Have you gone on any fun adventures lately?