And no, I’m not being crass. A “spit” is a beach landform located off coasts or lake shores. I didn’t know that either until last night when I looked it up.
Sunday, since I didn’t go to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park I decided to head east of Port Angeles to check out some other things. One place I stopped was the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge near Sequim (pronounced “Sqwim”), Washington.
After a brief walk on the primary trail I could look out over the spit (kind of a skinny peninsula – a VERY skinny peninsula) and see this lighthouse, probably 4 miles in the distance (the sign said 5+ but I had walked a ways from the parking lot).
I wasn’t about to march all the way out there so here are some photos I found online:
(Photo credit: lerrophotography.com flickr)
And if you want to see something really impressive, come out here before wildfire season starts and you may luck out on a clear day to see Mount Baker, which is 10,781 feet tall and, as the crow flies, 75 miles away, in the background:
(Photo credit: shootthesun.com)
I have seen several photos and paintings of this and apparently it is not trick photography or special effects. I also saw a similar photo of the Coast Guard base in Port Angeles, which is out on a peninsula, with Mount Baker in the background. Not too shabby, eh?