None of us actually win anything but we laugh a lot. And there are free cupcakes so ... we had that going for us!
SundayWe spend a blustery afternoon at the nearby Tanger Outlet shops. I score some most excellent sandals. Debbie and Gayle each have a pretty good haul too.
|I can hear John now: "Show-off!"|
We stop at the local favorite fish market, Barnacle Bill's, where I grab some luscious smoked salmon for dinner.
In the morning, Gayle and I explore the beach at low tide.
The exposed rocks unveil an otherworldly array of marine life.
Later in the day, we hike Cascade Head trail. We have been wanting to do this hike for a couple of days, but the heavy cloud cover would have obscured the views, so we patiently hold off until the elusive sun appears. Which it does for a magical couple of hours. Perfect timing!
|Gayle, Debbie, and Jim have a pre-hike conference.|
This trail traverses diverse ecosystems. In the beginning, it winds through a first-growth forest of fir, cedar, and spruce
then a meadow
and culminates in this eye-popping view of the Pacific.
Debbie and I stop here, taking it all in, as Jim and Gayle make their way to the top.
We are gazing. Elk are grazing.
As if that weren't enough scenery for one day, we make a quick visit to the Salmon River Estuary located next to the trailhead.
What a great hike! What a great day!
Tomorrow the others move northward up the coast while I head east toward Mt. Rainier.