“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” — W.B. Yeats
***8/15/2014 – Sorry guys. I hear this bridge is now completely inaccessible and CLOSED. I do not know any details, but please respect and stay off the property. THANK YOU! <3 ***
As you may or may not already know, Instagram is flooded with some amazing shots of Vance Creek Bridge! It has even coined the hashtag #ThatNWBridge. Despite it’s popularity on IG, however, you will be surprised that not many Washingtonians are aware of this wonderful gem. And what a captivating site! Breathtaking. I had been eager to visit!
So this weekend, my boyfriend and I finally made our way out, and we have been daydreaming since. This bridge is simply amazing and dangerously alluring. I posted some photos on my personal Instagram and Facebook, and it instantly became quite the sensation. And how could it not? You be the judge…
VANCE CREEK BRIDGE
The Vance Creek Viaduct trail is part of the Skokomish Valley in Shelton, WA. It is a two-hour drive southwest of Seattle, over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and through the southernmost part of the Olympic National Forest.
*I removed address details since this place is now closed. Don’t trespass =) *
The hike to the bridge was an easy 10-15 minute walk. Easy! The payoff? Priceless!
The day turned out to be pretty sunny despite the rainy forcast. But a short storm did surprise us later…
Sorry for the crazy-looking eyes. Ha ha ha. This is a still shot from our GoPro video, and it was hard to capture the image with our eyes open.
Insane right?! No railing. Very old, abandoned bridge.
From sunshine to rain and hail in a matter of seconds! We love you, PNW!
Visiting #ThatNWBridge did not take the entire day, so we headed back onto Highway 101 N. to Lake Cushman, which was about a 30-minute drive from the bridge. This lake reminded me of Lake Crescent, and had a gorgeous blue-green color to it.
Along the side of the lake, right off the road, we saw this ginormous boulder. We stopped hoping we could stand atop some of those boulders. Way too steep, though! But hey, can you spy the random rope?!
So we climbed the rope, of course! Whoever put this up is brilliant! Thank you!
The view from above was absolutely worth it!
Up on the northernmost part of Lake Cushman lies Staircase Rapids. When you pull into the parking lot, you’ll have to cross over the solid bridge, which is where the trail begins. There is actually more than one trail, all with varying distances.
Our choice was a 30-minute hike that ended at the beautiful cable bridge. It looked like the exact replica of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge! So cute!
And off we went! What a great day trip it was!
And with that being said, I invite you to go explore! Wherever you are — wander into the amazing hidden places in your area.
But remember – take in every moment like it’s your last breath. The photos and selfies are great, but intangible memories are worth so much more. Give yourself a break from the gadgets and truly awaken your senses.
Fill your lungs with fresh air. Feel the soil, rocks, and trees. Notice every flower, mushroom, and wandering insect. Listen to the rushing creeks, rivers, and rustling trees. But save your taste buds, unless you can taste a raindrop. Haha!
There is a reason I don’t post photos on social media during anything that I do. Go, team #LaterGram!!
With love from the PNW,
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