Camping on the Coast Washington

Camping on the Washington Coast

One of my best friends from back home came to visit me last week! We explored almost every inch of Seattle, ate insane amounts of food, and took advantage of the beauty of Washington by going on a mini camping trip to the coast for a few days. We stayed in Olympic National Park at Rialto Beach. I’ve done a fair amount of camping in my life, but I think beach camping is by far my new favorite way to camp. Falling asleep to the sound of the ocean is magic, and waking up to incredible views from our tent was so wonderful.

We took the ferry from Seattle over to Bainbridge Island and then drove the rest of the way to the coast from there. I love taking the ferry and really need to get out and explore Washington’s islands more often. There are so many hidden gems in this state and it’s a shame that I still haven’t visited a lot of them!

The coast was perfect. We were sort of expecting bad weather, but we were pleasantly surprised by how awesome it turned out to be. We walked a little over a mile until we found a place to set up camp. We were situated in a way that felt private and hidden from the people who would occasionally walk by along the water, but it was still open enough to give us amazing views of the ocean.

We made a fire, boiled some water for dinner, and devoured our backpacker meals. I had the vegetarian chili which filled me up for the rest of the night. The only thing we were all bummed we forgot about after dinner were the s’mores of course! Not sure how I dropped the ball on that one. It’s rare that I forget to pack dessert…

I guess it rained a ton overnight, but I was passed out and didn’t hear a thing. Adam tossed and turned a bit because the waves were crashing so loud and he was worried we weren’t set up far enough away from the water, but luckily we picked a good spot and the tide never made its way to our campsite. That would have been an interesting thing to wake up to. :)

Early the next morning, we wandered out in search of tide pools and critters. From sea anemones and crabs to starfish and snails, the ocean was most certainly alive with tiny creatures that morning. We were even lucky enough to spot a seal bobbing around in the waves.

We spent the rest of the morning lazing around, eating oatmeal, flying a kite, playing with seaweed, and making stone cairns. We packed up around noon and headed back to the car. The weather was soooo nice!

On our way home, we decided to stop in Port Angeles to visit Hurricane Ridge. The mountains were gorgeous and the sky was a beautiful blue. It was a great way to end our trip. We had so much fun on the coast and I already can’t wait to go back!

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    July 11, 2016 at 6:39 AM

    These photos are beautiful and beach camping sounds so peaceful!

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    July 11, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    oh man, dessert is the best part! haha. gorgeous photos though, yay for the weather being nice and cooperating.

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    July 12, 2016 at 6:33 AM

    I’ve never gone camping in my life, can you believe it? Camping by the beach sounds more promising than in the woods, though! At least there’s a body of water I could count on if I needed to shower or something. Hahahah!

    P.S. Your Seattle photos are making me miss our trip there!

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      July 12, 2016 at 6:20 PM

      Whaaaat?! No, I can’t believe it! Girl, come back! We’ll go beach camping and it’ll be awesome! :-D

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    McKenzie Allyshia
    July 12, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Looks like you chose the perfect spot to go camping! We drove the Hwy 101 loop over Memorial Day weekend and it was so packed on the beach with campers. We have thought about setting up camp on the beach but it was so packed and busy. We did a lot of hiking and sightseeing though. Rialto Beach looks gorgeous! I don’t think we stopped by that one. Hurricane Ridge is on our list of must go to’s :)

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      July 29, 2016 at 1:32 PM

      Ah, that’s awesome, but unfortunate that it was so packed!! We thought we were going to run into the same issues but thankfully we got lucky!

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    Ana Peres
    July 19, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    Love, just love your pictures :)
    That beach and national park sounds amazing.

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    July 29, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    What an experience!! Your life astounds me. Such an adventure!!!


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