We went to Cape Flattery today. It is the northwestern most point of the contiguous United States. It was named by James Cook in 1778. It is the oldest permanently named feature in Washington State. He named it that because he was “flattered” to think it might be the entrance to a harbor.
Regis tells me the Ma and Pa Kettle movies were set in Cape Flattery. Don’t know who they are.
We drove along the strait of Juan de Fuca to get there (and back) and saw several bald eagles. On the way, Regis’ phone started to sound like a pinball machine. He was being informed that he was now in Canada. Interesting that his phone did that but not mine and we both have Verizon Wireless.
We also saw signs that we were on a whale trail. There are several locations on the Olympic Peninsula where you are likely to see whales. We stopped in a couple of those locations but did not see any whales.
The hike to Cape Flattery from the parking lot was only a half mile. Cape Flattery is on the Makah Indian Reservation. The hike was very nice and there were several viewing platforms to see the cape. Some pictures of the hike and view are below and others are loaded on flickr (click on the right ===>).
The hike was delightful. We saw one otter swimming in the water and quite a few seals lying on a rock not too far from the lighthouse.
Regis was interested in getting some smoked salmon at the reservation, so we picked some up for dinner. I’m not a fan of anything smoked. But, it was awesome. We liked it so much, Regis is considering taking a ride back to the reservation to stock up on some salmon. I’m not sure if he’ll do it, but I’m a fan of the plan!
On the way back, we were hoping for some good views of Canada. Mostly, we saw smoke. See the layer of smoke in the picture below. This was taken from the reservation looking across the strait.
We walked on the beach on the way back and investigated tide pools. Dart was so exuberant off leash on the beach that I don’t know what got into him. I saw a small rock poised on a larger rock. I went to check it out and continue to be puzzled as to whether it is natural or not. I don’t see how it could have been put there by someone, but I also don’t understand how it could be natural.
It is amazing to me the remoteness of most of the Olympic Peninsula. There are few roads, towns, and services. Coming from the east coast, it is hard to comprehend.
Favorite sign of the day: “Entering Fire District Number 5 Call 911”
Are you supposed to call 911 as soon as you enter the Fire District or wait for a reason?