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We hiked to Shi Shi Beach and Point of Arches in Olympic National Park during the lowest tides of the year so we could explore the most distant tide pools. This experience never ceases to amaze us, and we see life forms that look like they evolved on another planet. This weblog primarily shows the hike through photographs, with a few words about our observations during our three-day backpacking trip in June… Read More

There are places where experiences are so profound that they draw you back time after time. Olympic National Park’s Shi Shi Beach and Point of Arches is such a place for me. The words in this story are from our 1991 field notes of our first visits to this transcendent place, illustrated with new and old photographs presented in a nostalgic style.

3,800′ of vertical gain. Yes, 3,800′. With a full backpack, in about 5.8 miles. It was an exhausting climb–especially the last 300 vertical feet, which had the steepest pitch. But we did it!

Backpacking into Royal Basin in Olympic National Park is a wondrous experience, in a place where massive geological forces have been at work for millions of years. Olympic Marmots and wildflowers add activity and delicate beauty to the hike.

Hiking and photographing in autumn along the North Fork Skokomish River of Olympic National Park, where draping Usnea Lichens and Bull Trout provided beautiful details under Bigleaf Maples and giant cedars.

Shi Shi Beach is a wilderness beach within Olympic National Park. It stretches over two miles in a gentle, sandy crescent, ending at the dramatic rocky sea stacks and arches of Point of Arches. We backpacked along the beach, and explored the tide pools of this exhilarating place.

An ephemeral work of art, by an unknown artist, which consisted of a magnificent spiral arrangement of shells discarded when crabs molted, on Shi Shi Beach of Olympic National Park in Washington State, USA.