We had planned on driving no more than 6 hours per day, and only in daylight hours. Of course we blew that plan the first day. We crossed into Blaine, Washington and drove south on the I-5 Highway past Tacoma, where we had to turn west towards the coast and then south along the coastal highway. That’s where we got lost, and it became an extremely frustrating and stressful drive from that point on. We made our way into Long Beach that black, rainy evening at about 7:30 p.m. A little rattled, but in one piece.
The Long Beach Peninsula is awesome – what a great find! It is home to the longest beach in the world – 28 miles of unbelievable west coast beach. You can even drive on it! It is part of the Washington State Highway system, with a speed limit of 25 mph.
This is the area where the explorers Lewis & Clark tramped in their quest for a route to the Pacific Ocean, so the place abounds in historical markers and such.
At this point, the rain turned from ‘light’ to ‘pouring’. This was fairly evidenced by some of my pictures (great camera captured the raindrops!). However, we kept on touring.