Dungeness Spit is the longest natural sand spit in the nation, a super place to birdwatch, and one of the best places around for a great hike along the beach (11 miles round trip to the lighthouse at the end and back).
Designated as a national wildlife refuge, one side of the spit is off-limits to humans, so hiking the full spit means gauging your timing to the tides. You won’t get stranded along the spit, but the hike over huge, beached trees and logs would make a return hike much slower and more arduous.
Stretching out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the spit was busy with birds, many of them floating the day away on loose logs adrift off the shore.
But seagulls roamed nearby…
…cormorants perched within view…
…and a pair of loons swam just close enough to see them in the strait.
The spit is a great place to wander, relax, and watch the ships sail by.