The sun was shining at Bear Creek Campground and we were looking forward to exploring more of the Olympic Penninsula. We planned to visit the small town of Sekiu first as we had heard there was a place at the marina where we could take showers, then continue on to Clallam Bay.
Of course, I had coffee on my mind as I usually do first thing in the morning. One of the many things I love about Washington is that there are little espresso shacks everywhere. Happily, we came across one not far into our drive. When we arrived in Sekiu, we sat in the sun with our coffees enjoying the marina view before taking showers at Olsen’s resort. The facilities were nice and clean and the young lady in the marina store was very friendly and helpful. It is amazing what a cup of coffee and a shower does for the spirit. Add in a warm sunny September day and you can’t really ask for anything more.
We took a quick drive back to the espresso shack for a second cup then continued our drive into Clallam Bay which is bigger than Sekiu but still a very small town. As always, we were on the lookout for a place with wifi. Francis always has projects and customers to check on and I had a set of math questions I was trying to finish. We ended up at the Clallam Bay Visitor Center. The gentleman manning the desk was very welcoming and there was a big table for us to spread out on. While we were there, we met a young man named Henry from the Netherlands. He was traveling across the US on his motorcycle. We enjoyed comparing notes about our travels and places we want to go. Before we left, the man at the visitor center took the time to review some guitar chords with Francis so he can keep practicing.
By this point, we had had plenty of coffee but nothing to eat so we went searching for a place to eat lunch. We picked the Breakwater Inn because it had a beautiful view of the water. I had the Reuben sandwich with tater tots and Francis had the beef and cheddar sandwich with onion rings. All delicious. I was tempted to try the bread pudding that I heard several people order but I was too full from my lunch.
After lunch, we drove toward Neah Bay but soon realized we did not have time to make it there before dark so we headed back to camp. The sun was beginning to set which made the views even more beautiful than they had been earlier.