Long Weekends are Made for Beach Bummin’ – PNW Style

Get up. Pack a bag. Leave town.

VW Bus, volkswagon bus

And so Memorial Day weekend was upon us.

With the days getting warmer and our nights filling with stars, we could almost smell summer campfires in the warmth of the night. 

Last year my boyfriend and I took advantage of the long weekend to road trip through the Painted Hills of Oregon and down to Crater Lake. It was the first time I had ever camped. This year, however, our schedules couldn’t quite fit a weekend-long trip.

But no day is really ever wasted.

I spent my Saturday roaming around Folklife Festival in downtown Seattle, enjoying live music, festival food, and wandering from one booth to the next. I was so excited to get my hands on new mandala tapestries. Obsessed!

It was later in the night that we decided to pack our bags and drive to the coast…Except, so did half the city. We arrived at Port Angeles around 1 AM thinking we could at least check into the cheapest of hotels for the night.

Not a chance! Every single hotel-motel was completely full, including those in the surrounding areas of Sequim. Why had I decided to unpack our tent from the car?

We spent a very uncomfortable night, four people squeezed into my tiny Nissan Sentra…In the REST AREA.

Ha! I am not sure how much rest any of us got, but those are the nights we’ll remember forever. Half asleep but with hearts eager for a day of adventure, we drove into the Olympic Peninsula to make our way to Rialto Beach. 

How do you beach bum? Below are photos from our day at the beach. Beach bummin PNW style. Enjoy <3

Love and Adventure,

Denise

Rialto Beach, Washington coast

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RIALTO BEACH, OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, WA

Such dramatic coast line!

Rialto Beach, Washington coast, olympic peninsula

And of course we had to climb through logs and rocks. It’s the Pacific Northwest!

Rialto Beach, Washington coast, olympic peninsula…just to reach THIS. But we were willing =)

Rialto Beach, Washington coast, olympic peninsula

Rialto Beach, Washington coast, olympic peninsulaAnd we did a lot of this…

This is one of the tapestries I purchased at Folklife. Love!
Rialto Beach, Washington coast, olympic peninsulaSo zen. “=)

Rialto Beach, Washington coast, olympic peninsulaPerfect ocean-caressed pebbles. Proof of the ocean’s love for the shore, if you ask me. Sometimes I like to keep one. Or two =)

 Rialto Beach, Washington coast, olympic peninsula

My sissy.Rialto Beach, Washington coast, olympic peninsula

Rialto Beach, Washington coast, olympic peninsula

The Earth smiles in flowers. Look at how she smiled? …Rialto Beach, Washington coast, olympic peninsula

Later we made a pit stop at Lake Crescent. The weather was so much more sunnier than at the coast…

Rialto Beach, Washington coast, olympic peninsula

Lake Crescent, Olympic Peninsula

lake crescent, olympic peninsula

There was a pup with his human sailing into the evening, and it was the cutest thing!

Rialto Beach, Washington coast, olympic peninsula

Thank you for stopping by, dear friends.

May your summer days be filled with laughter and uncomfortable (but glorious) nights! <3

Rialto Beach, Washington coast, olympic peninsula

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7 responses to “Long Weekends are Made for Beach Bummin’ – PNW Style

  1. Such a cool place!! I love folklife and your photos are dope! Back in I think 2011 my best friend and I visited the beach over there and stayed at a rental house on the beach and rode the bus in to Seattle for folklife…one of my favorite times.

    • Sweeeet! I love that idea!
      What do you do with all your collected rocks? I ask because I’ve gathered quite he collection, and they are lying around in different parts of my home, car, even purse! :-D hahaha

      • Hahah your purse!? Most of mine are lying around too. I also collect sand in regular water bottles and have everyone sign those. I have them on a shelf and in the garage. I have a few idea for what I want to do with the sand but not the rocks.

  2. 21 of us spent our Memorial Wknd @ the coast too! We backpacked to Third Beach and spent 3 days out there. :D I really wanted to stop at Cresent Lake on the way home! Renting a house there would be a fun wknd getaway too. love that photo of the sailboat. Great to hear you were still able to fit adventure into your schedule!

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