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Two paths lead from the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge parking lot, high on a bluff, to the five mile long spit where a lighthouse beckons. It is a working lighthouse, and a great beach hike. we took the primitive path through the woods which is rainforest in nature.

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It isn’t an exaggeration to say the woods are being eaten up by rot, mosses and fungi of one sort or another.

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And, we see beauty in the process.

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The forest is heavy, dark with sunlight streaking through in places. You feel like you are alone in the bower of bushes and trees brushing and closing in all sides.

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Then, from an overlook, you get a magnified view of  the lighthouse at the end of the spit with a day full of sun, blue water and sky.

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Down onto the beach, there isn’t much to see but driftwood for miles. Huge tree roots and smooth washed branches, along with a few gulls and the never ending tidal laps.

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Like kids, we played while enjoying our luck to be outside walking a sand spit rather than sitting in front of a television or worrying about the bad news it injects into your life daily.

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Many of the trees have roots and we pondered where did they come from? Is this yellow cedar?

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Jim drew a heart in the sand…DSC09721 (Copy)

“It’s been a long time since I did something like that,” he said.

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Our goal was this upright piece of driftwood. Who would take the time to stand up a tall heavy dead tree like that, we asked ourselves.

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The upright drift wood, didn’t drift here. The tree was still attached to the ground like the surrounding stumps, a sentinel of what the area may have looked like with a forest closer to the water at one time in the distant past.

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A popular pastime for some people is to stack stones into cairns, or build shelters from the driftwood.

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I climbed up the grassy embankment and the lighthouse is still just a small bubble on the horizon.

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And a look back from whence we came, the tall bluff. We walked about a mile on the beach.

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Then returned to civilization for lunch at the golf course in beautiful Dungeness, figuring since there is a dungeness festival coming up we could find some good crab. I had the lightest, tastiest crab cakes at Stimmies, but there chowder left a lot to be desired. It is always an adventure.  From there to the Organic Farm Store for produce and home to read and relax.

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Check out this sunset. It was predicted to rain, but didn’t.






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