Dungeness National Refuge

D is for the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge and the Dungeness Spit located on the North Olympic Peninsula in the state of Washington.

A trail wanders through the trees and eventually drops down to the Dungeness Spit.

The Dungeness Spit has the Strait of Juan de Fuca on it’s outer shore and the Dungeness Bay on it’s inner shore. Canada is directly across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the North of Washington State.

It’s a 6 mile trek to walk out to the Dungeness Light Station, first lighted in 1857. We didn’t have enough time on the day we visited to do the round trip to the light house and back.

It wasn’t an easy walk because of all the rocks washed up on the spit.

The trail begins at the top of those trees in the distance. We walked out for about an hour and then headed back to the trail head.

There were lots of nice camping spots above the Spit and Wildlife refuge.

These last two photos that show the Dungeness Light house were taken in 2011 during the same time of year. On that trip to Sequim for the lavender festival we saw these eagles nesting, too.

Dungeness CrabSource

      The Dungeness Crab gets its common name from the town of Dungeness, Washington, now called Old Town Dungeness, where the first commercial harvesting of the crab was done. The Dungeness Crab is the only commercially important crab in the state of Washington’s territorial waters and was the first shellfish harvested commercially on the North Pacific Coast.

Linking up to ABC Wednesday started by Mrs. Nesbitt and carried on with the expertise of Roger and team!

12 thoughts on “Dungeness National Refuge

  1. These are the crabs I love! My mom spent the morning cracking them the other day, so when I get to her house I’ll eat some dip, some casserole, some sandwiches . . . YUM!

  2. Love your photos of this scenic spit!
    To my knowledge, I have never had a Dungeness crab. As a Marylander, I have eaten Blue Crabs in every way, shape, or form. But I never met a crab I didn’t like and I’m sure the Dungeness is fine eating!!

  3. wonderful Ellen…. and yes you are so right.. everyone should be much more aware of the preciousness of life in all its forms!

  4. Hi Ellen – gorgeous shots! thx for dropping by & it sounds like you and I have Britain in common. I love it there simply because it’s usually cooler. I’m hoping to head back next year.

    abcw team

  5. A most interesting post Ellen and superb photography,
    and oh boy! my mouth is watering looking at that crab.
    This reminds me I have a large fresh Cornish Crab in
    my freezer begging to be made into a seafood Paella or
    linguine,,, mmm delightful thought!

    best wishes,
    ABCW team.

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