Instagram has become a huge source of travel inspiration for us and when we saw photos of Ruby beach pop up on our feed, we fell in love and knew that we had to work it into our summer somehow. Every year we try to take my Dad to a ball game in Seattle when the Blue Jays are in town — Blue Jay’s fans totally take over the stadium — and it is a lot of fun.
Ruby Beach is the northernmost of the southern beaches in the coastal section of Olympic National Park in the U.S. state of Washington. With Olympic National Park a few hour drive from Seattle, we figured we would extend our weekend and bring my Dad and sister along for some beach adventures too. Like virtually all of the beaches on the northern coast, Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park has a tremendous amount of driftwood and it is notable for the number of sea stacks there. The beach is so called because of the ruby-like crystals in the beach sand.
A weekend was not enough to experience Olympic National Park. We split our time between where we stayed, at Kalaloch Lodge, and Ruby beach. Early mornings found us wandering in a dreamy mist that slowly disappeared for the day before the sun began to set. It would have been nice to have the beaches in their full blue sky splendor, but any day is a good and beautiful day to wander at a beach! Plus, we pretty much felt like we had the entire beach to ourselves as the few others that were there were so far from us wherever we wandered.
The wilderness coast at Ruby beach really provides a dramatic scene with its driftwood, dark sand, rocks and reflecting pools. We did not find any sea stars, but were able to find plenty of sea anemones and sea urchins. It was a little cold to go in the water, but the kids sure didn’t mind getting wet anyway!
Take a look at the beauty that is Ruby beach — then try to tell us you have not fallen in love!