After we visited the Hoh Rainforest, my friend Joshua and I headed to Second Beach, where his brother Jesse and Jesse's girlfriend Julie were waiting in the parking lot. We hiked through the forest on a downhill path until we reached the beach.

When we had left our hotel that morning, we checked the tide chart. All of us were bummed out that high tide was at 2 pm, but we figured we'd make the best of it. But when we emerged from the path and climbed over all the driftwood to get to the beach, we noticed that the water level was unusually low. The strange tide left us wondering if we had misread the chart and that we had it backwards.

At Second Beach there are tons of giant rocks in the water, like Haystack Rock (which is featured in The Goonies). Typically when you visit the beach you can't reach any of them, but we were able to walk all the way out to the first rock which is at least a quarter of a mile from where the beach usually is.

At this point I know I'm rambling but it was a seriously strange event! Jesse has lived in Washington for almost a decade and he said he's never seen Second Beach like that. We decided to take advantage of the low tide and we were able to walk at least a mile to the end of the beach before we reached impassible rocks.

As we kept walking, the tide kept going out - so much that by the time we got to the end, we saw tide pools that we didn't even know existed! The things we saw in those tide pools was incredible and they deserve their own post. For now, enjoy these (zoomed-out) photos of the amazing Second Beach.

On our way back to the path to leave, we found a buoy that had washed up on the beach from Japan after the last earthquake/tsunami. Park officials had posted signs warning everyone not to touch any remnants from the tsunami because of potential radioactivity, but that didn't stop us from snapping photos from about fifteen feet back!

Stay tuned for more Second Beach photos - the tide pools were absolutely amazing and I can't wait to share!