Last week in WA
Over the past couple weeks I have been riding Mt Baker a lot, took a loooong drive, looking for waves on the Olympic Peninsula, worked a shift an Spencer’s restaurant, The Prospect Cafe, and went on an amazing hike in the old growth rain forest.
Things are progressing quickly on the snowboard, though the better I get the more severe the consequences for mistakes become…but it sure is fun. Hitting the little jumps is awesome as long as manage to not land ass first, though I think I am learing my lesson.
I tried to ride on Saturday but it was soooo crowded at Baker, I had to split. I got the idea to haul ass to the coast and try and surf. I drove 4 hours south and then west to Aberdeen and spend the night at my more often than not, home lately, a walmart parking lot. Aberdeen seems to be a dying town. As I drove around the downtown, looking for a coffee, I noticed that more of the shops were abandoned than not. There was a profound melancholy present and I was eager to move on down the road.
Well to surf in Westport wasn’t much to write about, at least not with the 47 degree water temp, so I decided to just head up the coast and explore a bit.
The natural beauty of the Olympic peninsula is striking but with overcast, rainy weather, ominous as well. Some of the towns I passed through were as far from prosperous as I have ever seen in this country.
The town LaPush is a tiny fishing village and part of the Quileute Reservation. There is a small bay with some decent surf if your there at the right time. The contrast between the awe-inspiring natural beauty and the depressing poverty is eerie, with hardly a person on the streets and the most ramshackle of dwellings.
After LaPush, was an rainy windy drive thru the mountains to Neah bay. I was getting pretty dark at this point but as the road come out along the Strait of Juan de Fuca it was undeniably a breathtaking drive.
Arriving in Neah Bay I began searching for a place to sleep. In the dark I didn’t look to be the most welcoming place, so I drove around scoping for an out of the way spot, and came across a little campground right on the beach.