On the Road Again: An Evening at Ruby Beach

February 16, 2018  •  1 Comment

A couple of years ago I thought I would start a blog about being a homeschooling mom photographer. I had a grand plan to share about all of our travels, the ins and outs of educating children while exploring the world around us. I wrote a couple of blogs and then there it sat for the last year and a half. I am going to be working on writing some curriculum both photography related and elementary school oriented. However, rather then trying to resurrect that blog I thought I would migrate the posts here to my already established blog on my website. Life is a little different for me now then it was two years ago. As a working artist I am trying to be more intentional about where I spend my time, focusing my efforts on my path as a photographer and educator. This maybe a fun blog post for those of you that know me as Holly, the lady that stays up all night. So here is that first post on the now deceased blog that I use to introduce myself and share a little 411 on a then recent adventure. Let me know what you think!

Hi and welcome! I'm excited to share this journey with you. I'm Holly, a wife and mother of three young boys. I have always dreamed of capturing compelling images as a way of documenting our life. As a former teacher with a Masters Degree in Education turned homeschooling mom who needed a creative outlet I began to pursue photography. My path has led me to create a blog with a desire to share my experiences and knowledge with you to encourage families to get outside and explore. Over the coming months I will share our adventures, some old some new, many from the Pacific Northwest which I call home. Thanks for joining me!

Ruby Beach, an easily accessible, protected, rugged coastline within the Olympic National Park is a photographers' paradise. Young and old alike are greeted with breathtaking views from the moment they step out of the car. From the parking lot take a short walk down the bluff trail to the rushing Cedar Creek. From there visitors are met with a sea of driftwood, a rocky shore that gives way to sandy flats at low tide, and views that go on for miles. The variety gave both the kids and I plenty to see and do.

For the boys throwing rocks, floating sticks, building forts, and damming creeks were high on the agenda. For me a coveted seastacks at Ruby Beach sunset was what I sought. Well with both the creek and the tide running high fording the creek to access the seastacks was not a well planned idea. Sometimes my "Mom" side trumps the "Photographer" in me and safety wins. (Note to self: Check the tides if you have small children and wish to access the northside of the beach in winter and spring when the creek is running high.) However, Ruby Beach is full of Plan B shots. I could shoot here for days and never run out of ideas. Seizing on a break in the weather from a pounding of rain and winter storms we would not hike back to the truck until almost dark. Soaked, sandy, and hungry it was a good evening on the beach.

Ruby Beach Inside Scoop:

  • Well maintained .25 mile trail with pit toilets at the trailhead.
  • Olympic National Park now offers an Ocean Stewards Jr. Ranger Program. A great accompaniment to your explorations. Visit the ONP website to learn more.
  • Abbey Island just off-shore is a sanctuary to migratory birds and sea life. Don't forget your binoculars.
  • "The name "Ruby Beach" is derived from reddish colored patches of sand that are particularly prevalent in this area. This color is due to concentrations of individual crystals of the relatively heavy, red-colored mineral, garnet."(Cited:WA DNR)
  • With a diverse geological make-up bring along a Pacific Northwest field guide to identifying pebbles. The ONP Ranger Station in Port Angeles has a great one available for purchase.
  • Destruction Island located roughly 3.5 miles off the coast was a working light station until 2008. It has an interesting and sometimes violent history.
  • Closest Campground: Kalaloch, open year round, utilizes a reservation system during summer months.
  • Pets are permitted on leash.
  • Backpacking between Ruby Beach and La Push requires a Olympic National Park Wilderness Camping Permit. Permits are available at park headquarters in Port Angeles.

Getting There: Ruby Beach is about a 30 minute outside of the town of Forks, WA on south Hwy 101. If driving north about 7 miles past Kalaloch Lodge. Located near mile marker 164 the entrance is a gravel road marked with a sign on the highway.




Barbara Hoberecht(non-registered)
Hi Holly,
I follow your beautiful work on the PNW Women Photographers site. Thank you for sharing these stunning captures of Ruby Beach.
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