Ruby Beach is our most favorite beach of all the beaches we’ve visited over the years we been in Washington state. There’s something about the beach, the Ruby river, the sea stacks, the constantly evolving beach, the rearrangement of the drift logs, and the boundless opportunities offered when the tides are low. The view to the right is taken from the path that leads to the beach.
We left Kalaloch around 8:30 am or so and arrived at Ruby Beach about 15 minutes later. The weather was absolutely spectacular, clear skies, bright sun with a slight nip in the air. As it was a weekday, there was hardly anyone on the beach and the tide was low which allowed me to wander further out onto the beach than I normally would.
When we walked down the path the first thing we noticed was that the Ruby River exit to the ocean had been significantly rerouted from the last time we visited. The river was much, much closer to the trail head exit than ever before. Not only that, but as you’ll see in the next photo, the beach sand is much deeper around the first sea stack than it’s been in all the years we’ve visited..
The sea stack in the foreground is one that we’ve always enjoyed walking around (provided there’s a low tide) and my wife would climb into the “eye” that’s been hollow out by wave action over time. Usually it’s a five or six-foot climb before you can reach the bottom of the eye but as you can see this time, there’s barely a foot from the base to the bottom of the eye – easy to get to. I’ve enclosed a photo from August 2003 (taken with a Nikon D100) for comparison (below).
As you can see there’s an easy five foot distance from the sand to the bottom of the eye (my wife is 5’2″ tall). While there’s probably been erosion and build up over the next 12 years, to see the difference from what we remembered to the what we saw today was rather shocking to say the least.
The next image is of a much larger sea stack, normally inaccessible as we usually arrive at the beach at high tide. As today’s tide was exceptionally low, I was able to walk a considerable distance on the wet sand to get this image. This is my favorite image of the morning shoot. The last image is of sand patterns left by the low tide.
Tomorrow’s post will be the last of the Quinault / Kalaloch / Ruby Beach series…we stopped to see the Big Cedar on the way home as the rangers at the Quinault ranger station told us that a major portion of the tree had fallen during heavy storms in March of last year.