Second Beach, WashingtonSeptember 12th 2017: This was day seven…

Second Beach, Washington

September 12th 2017: This was day seven and the last day of my week long camping trip. And just as luck would have it, when I needed to pack my tent early in the morning so that I could head off to catch the bus back home, the typical misty, wet and windy weather decided to come back to the coast, so it was quite a struggle to pack up. After I somehow managed to do so, even with the ten being still wet, I took a few more photos because the whole landscape simply looked completely different to the previous two sunny days.

I was planning on taking the bus from Forks to Port Angeles, but Forks was a solid fifteen minute drive away and no buses were coming beforehand, so my fate was basically in the hands of whether or not I would manage to find a ride from La Push to Forks. Fortunately just as I was about to leave the beach and hit the trail up through the forest, this one man in his thirties was actually offering me a bottle of beer he didn’t finish drinking during his camping stay at the beach, so instead of taking the beer I asked for a ride to Forks and got lucky as he said yes. So after an hour of small talk while hiking back to the parking lot through the forest and after a ride in this person’s messy car, I arrived in Forks surprisingly early, with about three hours to spare. So I ended up going to a diner to get a proper meal after many days of mostly granola bars. I must have looked like a complete mess because this nice grandma actually gave $20 to pay for my meal because I apparently reminded her of her daughter’s experience of backpacking through Europe. So with her parting words of making sure to pay it forward, I basically left the twenty dollar bill at the table which ended being a rather nice tip for the waitress, since I ordered something super cheap (I think nachos probably). 

So then after making a quick stop to buy a postcard, I headed off the bus station. The bus to Port Angeles had a different route since there was some road construction going on, so I ended up actually enjoying quite a scenic ride alongside the northern coast with glimpses of Canada on the other side of the water. In Port Angeles I dropped of my bear canister at the Ranger Station and since it was actually sunny, I ended up taking advantage of the few minutes I had to spare in order to dry my tent right on the lawn in front of the ranger station. So hopefully I didn’t confuse any rangers with my tent spread out of the ground. Afterwards I took the bus to Bainbridge Island and then jumped on the ferry to across the Puget Sound, which was quite a nice way to end the trip, because it was getting dark, and the ferry slowly approached downtown Seattle just after the city lit up, which is always a beautiful sight from the water.

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Second Beach, WashingtonSeptember 11th 2017: It was day six and…

Second Beach, Washington

September 11th 2017: It was day six and my last full day of my camping trip, so at the same time I wanted to make the most of it, but I also wanted to relax a bit and enjoy the sunshine at the beach before having to leave. So I woke up for sunrise, which was actually the first and only time I did that during the trip, because all the other mornings were cloudy. But while looking back at the photos, I probably didn’t wake up early enough since the most colorful part of the morning was probably already over, but then again it’s the west coast, so the sun rises in the wrong part of the sky. Anyways, the other Czech photographer who was there the previous night also woke up for sunrise, so after a few minutes I was doing more talking than taking photos, but at this point the best light was gone so it didn’t matter. Afterwards, I took advantage of the low tide and went exploring in the part of the beach that was otherwise inaccessible during high tide. And after climbing up some rocks, I got a view that looked like as if I was in an avatar movie, simply an out of this world view. (Maybe it was just the intense blue color of the sky.) 
Then I turned to the more relaxing part of the day, where I just walked from one side of the beach to the other and back (it’s a long beach) and tried to make the most out of the beautiful sunny day by taking my shirt in hopes of getting a little bit of color on my pale white body while avoiding the sleeve tanline. I thought about putting sunscreen on, but decided against it, but in hindsight I probably should have put some at least on my nose, because it’s still quite red even to this day lol. But truly the relaxing part, besides the beautiful views and calming sounds of the endless waves, was the fact that the beach was basically completely empty at the other side. The walking was so enjoyable that I proceeded to make a detour all the way to the town of La Push for a little bit, and while coming back the forest was absolutely on fire. I don’t think I’ve ever seen light as beautiful as this, and the way that it illuminated the lush green forest was simply breathtaking. At this point I was in a bit of a dilemma since I was hurrying back to the beach in order not to miss sunset, but these light rays shining in between the trees was simply too mesmerizing to leave. So after taking a million photos, I continued back to the beach, which was surprisingly full this time. But I imagined to make a new friend, which was especially convenient since he and his girlfriend set up a campfire, so I used it to dry off my shoes which I got wet while chasing sunset shots near the water. The funny thing was that his girlfriend used to be roommates with a girl that I used to play co-ed soccer back in ninth grade. Oh how small the world is! 
Unfortunately the clouds slowly returned after sunset, so I didn’t get to take too many photos of the Milky way above the beach like the previous night, but I did manage to capture the probably most beautiful view of the whole trip, after the sky turned dark blue with a hint of purple while the stars started to shine bright above the sea stacks, which was truly a beautiful sight. And I’m really happy I managed to capture it properly with this panorama, one of my favorite photos I’ve taken for sure.

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