Not more than a half hour drive from the muddy Mosses Trail brought us to Beach 4 and some of Olympic National Park’s tide pools.

I admit that I rushed my fearless driver through the rainforest so that we would hit the beach at low tide. My remorse only lasted to the point that I crouched down on a rock to inspect a fully exposed sea star. I was awash in purple, red, and brilliant orange sea stars.

There were so many starfish.

Starfish settled just above the tideline, delineated by open sea anemones below the water and closed anemones above.

Each rock I hopped to exposed more. The sea anemone were amazingly numerous, covering much of both the submerged and the exposed rocks. The only thing that I wish I could have seen was a crab. But I try not to be too greedy.

The borders of the Olympic National Park are quite odd. It is actually two parts: a large mass of inland forested mountains and a sliver of seaside. That sliver includes many beaches, but the beach of choice for tide pool connoisseurs is the drably named Beach 4. A short dirt path winds down to an expansive, driftwood speckled beach. The main attraction, however, is a clump of large boulders that are home to turquoise sea anemones, burgundy sea stars, and sweeping layers of mollusks.

The twisted and sea scoured remains of wood on the beach.

The full range of star fish colors in one place: from gold to magenta.

Lexi lives in a truck camper down by the river.

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