Road Trip to Olympic National Park (Part 3): Rialto Beach

June 18, 2013

“There was no end to the joyful exaltation on this edge of oscillations.”
— Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds

The Pacific Ocean at Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park

The Pacific Ocean at Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park

The last half of our Olympic National Park road trip took us to several Pacific coast beaches.  We stopped at Mora Campground on the way to Rialto Beach to pitch our tent, as we planned to have a picnic supper at the beach and stay until sunset.  We didn’t want to have to set up our tent in the dark.

Our campsite at Mora Campground

Our campsite at Mora Campground

The beach was two miles from the campground.  We passed the Quillayute River as we neared the end of the road.  Straight ahead was the endless ocean, the mighty Pacific.

Quillayute River

Quillayute River

Sea stacks at Rialto Beach

Sea stacks at Rialto Beach

Fourteen shades of gray

Fourteen shades of gray

“The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.”
— Henry Beston

This was my first time at Rialto Beach.  It’s a wild coast, with waves crashing and casting up sea foam onto the pebbly beach.  Sea stacks added interest to the horizon line.  Weathered driftwood lined the upper beach.  The water was cold, but irresistible to children (and adults).

Rialto beach

Rialto beach

The wild shores at Rialto Beach

The wild shores at Rialto Beach

Our beach chairs

Our beach chairs

Driftwood

Driftwood

The sky

The sky

Waiting for sunset

Waiting for sunset

“There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.”
— Victor Hugo

11 Responses to “Road Trip to Olympic National Park (Part 3): Rialto Beach”

  1. kittybluhm Says:

    The sea! The sky! The sayings! thank you for this beautiful gift

    • Rosemary Says:

      You are so welcome. It’s a different sort of water view than you see from your home on Samish Island, isn’t it?


  2. Such a beautiful diverse place…love the driftwood.

  3. bob skoot Says:

    Rosemary:

    Rialto Beach is one of my favourite places to see the power of the ocean.

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

  4. Margaret Says:

    This is on my list…

  5. shoreacres Says:

    The top photo looks like our shore when it’s particularly excited. Unfortunately, that’s about all we get – no sea stacks here, no coves, no sea glass or exotic driftwood. Ah, well.

    This is entirely off topic, but I think you would be interested in this post at Lisa Brunetti’s. She’s doing a weekly series on drawing, and has some interesting things to say in this one, as well as some technique tips.

    • Rosemary Says:

      Thanks so much for the link to the blog. I will add it to the list of blogs I follow. I am in need of some artistic inspiration right now.


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