The Northwest 900

Woman running on the North Lake Quinalt road in the Washington rain forest.
Just coming off of an inspiring road trip through a section of the Pacific Northwest with photos to share. It was a 900 mile clockwise loop, starting and ending in Seattle. I’d been wanting to make this trip for quite a while to reconnect with the wilds of the northwest. We flew into the city, provisioned our rental car and hit the road for 10 days.
The route took us through big cities, tiny towns, and to the northwesternmost point in the U.S. In Portland we ate from the endless food trucks and had our craft cocktails mixed table-side by a deft handed bartender at the Multnomah Whiskey Library. On the peninsula we hiked the rainforests to quiet river lagoons to soak our feet and eat our lunch. We witnessed a doe and her fawns grazing within a few feet of us. We learned, in depth, about the Makah Tribe and hiked the rainy 6 mile walk to the archaeological site of a lost Makah village. At Cape Flattery, a gray whale graced us with an ambling swim along the rocky cliffs below. In Port Townsend I reunited with a friend I have not seen in 25 years. He builds wooden boats by hand, raises rabbits, and renovates vintage Alfa Romeos. That night, we drank wine and toasted marshmallows over a bonfire next to his workshop.
The trip was layered, beautiful, and fed my soul with exactly what I’ve been missing: The unexpected surprises that come with taking the scenic route. Go wander.

Woman soaking her feet in the Quinalt River, Washington.

Lunch break at Wolf Bar, North Fork Quinalt River.

Woman walking across a small bridge in the Washington rain forest.

Rainy hike to Cape Alava

Longhouse on the gorunds of the Makah Indian Museum, Neah Bay, Washington

Neah Bay, Washington

General Store, Neah Bay

General Store, Neah Bay

Neah Bay fisherman's sign pointing toward the humble viallge.

Makah merchant, Neah Bay

Woman walking on Hobuck Beach taking photos. Makah Indian Reservation

Hobuck Beach, Makah Reservation

A primitive trailer for fishing nets, Neah Bay Washington.

Fishing Nets, Neah Bay Washington

Woman hikes across a mossy brodge at Ozette River.

Ozette River

Beach and rocks off of the Strait of Juan de Fuca Highway

Straits of Juan de Fuca Highway

Tanker truck overgrown by blackberry vines, Gig Harbor, WA

Blackberries win again in Gig Harbor

James Island and First Beach at Sunset.

Quileute Sunset