The Dungeness Spit

November 2012
When Bob Stolz saw this picture, he was very pleased because he said the picture indicates what the spit is--a five and a half mile
stretch of sand littered with logs and driftwood which is something many people do not understand. At 5.5 miles in length, the
Dungeness Spit is the world's longest naturally occurring sand spit and home to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. The
refuge is a sanctuary for over 250 species of birds, 41 species of land mammals and eight species of water mammals. Its trails
and picnic areas offer breathtaking views of the beaches, Dungeness harbor and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Jackie looking at wildlife. She earns her way on these trips by carrying camera gear. Lighthouse in the background.
Water was very calm on this trip.
It is five miles out the spit to the lighthouse. It is actually five and a half miles to the lighthouse as there is another half mile from
the spit to the parking lot. When the lighthouse was built, it was at the end of the spit. Since the lighthouse was built 165 years
ago, the spit has grown another half mile. That half mile is a nature reserve and is off limits to hikers. Below, Bob Stoltz on the
phone with the keeper's house and the last half mile in the background.
This is the view back up the strait to the Peninsula. On the left is the landing beach for kayaks. The inner side of the spit is off
limits except at the kayak landing beach as it is a reserve for endangered wildlife.
On our second day, we were pleased to have our friends Rod Norvell and Carolyn Morillo hike to the lighthouse. There mission
was to see a snowy owl which they accomplished on the way out. Carolyn is in eighties. Keep in mind that they were the only two
hikers to make it to the lighthouse on Tuesday because the high tides made hiking very difficult.
Behind Carolyn , one of the new doors installed by the two Bobs while we were at the lighthouse.
Rod and Carolyn started their hike at 8 a.m. Because they were observing wildlife, they took their time getting out to the
lighthouse. They left the lighthouse at 2:30 for their five and a half mile hike back to the parking lot.  They had to make it back by
six if they were to get their cars out of the parking lot. Carolyn left springing along with an enthusiastic gait.
A final salute to Bob Stoltz. He spends many many hours doing volunteer work for the Dungeness Lighthouse and other
organizations in Sequim and around the country. The Peninsula is fortunate to have such a person live here.
We met several other volunteers. To a person, they were all terrific people. And as usual the keepers at the keeper's quarters
were wonderful people.
To join the Association and become eligible to become a lighthouse keeper, click this next link: