"God's Own Beach" La Push by Jonathan_C
La Push Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 30 photos
You can feel the presence of the Great Spirit when you camp at Second Beach at La Push: you hear it in the constant presence of crashing surf; you feel it in the pulse of the tides. After your second night at this most idylic of wilderness beaches, the daily cat-and-mouse of the sun and coastal fog ceases to annoy and becomes part of the eternal Now.
Come to La Push for as long as you can and leave your watch at home. Time here is not measured in hours. It is day or it is night; high tide or low tide; time to play or eat or sleep. Visit the world of barnacles, anemones and sea stars at low tide. Absorb the incredible power of wind and sea at high tide. Stare deep into the embers of a driftwood fire in the dark of a wilderness night. Forget for a moment that the rest of the world exists and commune with the life humans led here for thousands of years before the first watch bearers arrived.
Stay for a few days and see how a single tide can move a hundred thousand tons of sand, upending the world of the tidepool denisens. To some is given, from others is taken away ... temporarily -- the sea is as fickle as it is indifferent. Stay and you will begin to recognize the daily routines of the gulls, cormorants and pelicans. Stay and you may sit still long enough to notice the seals and otters. Stay and you will stare out at sea until the whale spout is recognized for what it is. Be patient and you will receive your reward.
Come back year after year as we do and see how the winter season dramatically changes the shape of the beach and restacks the huge driftwood logs like so many tinker toys. You will always find something new -- whale vertebrae, otter skeletons, flotsam of all kinds -- if you can let go of our frenzied lifestyle for a few days and just Be. I can think of no better place on this Earth for just being than the wilderness beaches of the Olympic Coast and Second Beach is our favorite.
Kids have no trouble keeping busy here. With an infinite supply of rocks and sand and logs, a visit to Second Beach is... more travel advice
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