Moonrise Over the Strait of Juan de Fuca

This area from Salt Creek to Cape Flattery has to be one of favorite locations. It’s close enough to travel to in less that half a day from Seattle, but once there you feel as if you’re truly in the backcountry. Rugged coastline protected from most all but the worst of the Pacific, one of only two temperate rainforest, and snow capped peaks make this out outdoor Valhalla.

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Behind the Photo

To be honest there wasn’t much preparation or thought that went into this shot. I had rolled out of the FJ to set up the trailer when this moon caught my eye. I quickly pulled out the gear in an attempt to capture this particular framing of the moon before it slipped away.

After grabbing a couple of ‘got to capture’ shots, I did go and grab my flashlight to ‘paint’ the foreground to give the shout a little more depth.

Strait of Juan de Fuca

Salt Creek Recreation Area is a 196 acre park located about 15 miles west of Port Angeles, Washington on U.S. Route 101 near the city of Joyce, Washington. The park was previously Camp Hayden, a World War II military camp. It was purchased by the Federal General Services Administration after the war. There are still several structure left from the fort, two large casemates which sheltered 16″ cannons and several smaller.

The park now has a number of camping spots, most overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca and open all year long. The park provides access to Tongue Point and Striped Peak along with sandy beaches, upland forests, rocky bluffs, and several trails. The recreation area complete with a baseball field, basketball court, picnic shelter, playground, and horseshoe pits is also available for use. Beautiful views are also a big part of Salt Creek such as those from the top of Striped Peak, of Crescent Bay, of the Strait, and of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

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