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John Wayne's marina.

John Wayne's marina.

Stairway to heaven.
Stairway to heaven.

A few from the archives. Washington was so much better than I expected it to be. I really loved it. After New Mexico, it is my second favorite state of the trip so far.

Birds surfing at Benson Beach.

Birds surfing at Benson Beach.

North Head light from Benson Beach.

North Head light from Benson Beach.

Lighthouse keeper's trail at North Head.

Lighthouse keeper's trail at North Head.

Tiny little house in Raymond, Washington.

Tiny little house in Raymond, Washington.

Lovely little Ilwaco marina.

Lovely little Ilwaco marina.

Lavender fields forever.

Lavender fields forever.

Eating fresh crabs and crab cakes.

Eating fresh crabs and crab cakes.

Revisiting the rainforest at Hoh and Quinault.

Revisiting the rainforest at Hoh and Quinault.

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North Head light

A very scenic lighthouse on the north side of Cape Disappointment, 111 years old, in need of a coat of paint.

Winds on this point reach 120 miles per hour.

Winds on this point reach 120 miles per hour.

Latitude and longitude.

Latitude and longitude.

Keepers quarters. You can rent these out and stay here on your next vacation. Not sure of the cost.

Keepers quarters. You can rent these out and stay here on your next vacation. Not sure of the cost.

Reflection shot from Benson Beach.

Reflection shot from Benson Beach.

Lewis and Clark were here

They encountered the Pacific around the area of present day Long Beach, WA in 1804. Inscribing his name on a tree, Clark added “by land” so all those wimps who came by ship would know what’s up.

Clark saw a big sturgeon on the beach. He also saw a halibut, but didn't know what it was.

Clark saw a big sturgeon on the beach. He also saw a halibut, but didn't know what it was.

The explorers also saw a whale skeleton, which is commemorated along the bike path.

The explorers also saw a whale skeleton, which is commemorated along the bike path.

Present-day Long Beach development.

Present-day Long Beach development.

The present-day dunes are the product of shifting sand deposits caused by man-made jetties along the coast.

The present-day dunes are the product of shifting sand deposits caused by man-made jetties along the coast.

The crab cakes

They were pretty darn delicious.

They were pretty darn delicious.

Eating local fish

We bought smoked salmon and tuna from this local smokehouse between Long Beach and Ilwaco.

We bought smoked salmon and tuna from this local smokehouse between Long Beach and Ilwaco.

We got tuna fish and chips at this spot on the Ilwaco Marina, and also some delicious crab cakes that we made for dinner. $2.50 apiece. Yum!

We got tuna fish and chips at this spot on the Ilwaco Marina, and also some delicious crab cakes that we made for dinner. $2.50 apiece. Yum!

Cape Disappointment

The Cape D lighthouse. It was raining yesterday.

The Cape D lighthouse. It was raining yesterday.

Dead Man's Cove on the way up to the lighthouse.

Dead Man's Cove on the way up to the lighthouse.

North Pt. light from Benson Beach.

North Pt. light from Benson Beach.

Best camping value

Add a new category to the “best of the west” competition: best camping value. And the winner is .. Olympic National Park.

With most campsites staying at an inflation-busting $12, it was easy for us to spend six nights in the park at 4 different campsites: Elwyha, Lake Crescent, Mora, Hoh Rain Forest, Kalaloch and Lake Quinault.

The view at Kalaloch.

The view at Kalaloch.

Rainforest walk at Lake Quinault.

Rainforest walk at Lake Quinault.

You can ride a bike to Rialto from the Mora campground.

You can ride a bike to Rialto from the Mora campground.