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I was surprised just how messy Shi Shi beach on the Olympic Peninsula really is. There’s all sorts of trash everywhere but it’s not litter. At least it’s not from the folks who visit the beach. It just washes up on the shore. The sight sort of gave me a poor impression of the place although it did ‘feel’ quite remote. Then I saw this eagle just a few yards from me and I realized that I was definitely in a ‘wild’ place (that and all the cougar tracks everywhere).

I was able to watch this guy snack on a seal carcass for about 15-20 minutes. I filled all of my memory cards watching him from just a couple few yards away. My wife even got some great shots of me getting great shots of him (her?). Now full but with flight still an option, the eagle decided to take off and I was able to catch a few action shots. The experience was so surreal… wanna do it again  Hiking out of this place in the dark was pretty intense. I know- should have stayed the night. Believe me if it was an option I would have stayed several nights!

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