There’s a place on the edge of the Pacific along the Washington coast, where time has formed a breathtaking scene. Shi Shi Beach, unreachable except by hike, commands a presence, especially at sunset. Stéphane and I wanted to go on an adventure before he left for Michigan again.

He picked Shi Shi Beach, and so we drove the hours to the tip of Olympic National Park outside Neah Bay. We “backpacked” the two mile trek along the cliffs to where the sandy beach stretched another mile in front of us.

With plenty of room, our tent set up and some wine keeping us warm, we walked the length of Shi Shi where these giants meet the sand.