Since the journey of the Sol Duc salmon starts at the ocean near La Push, we followed the river all the way to the Pacific, and brought our boards along to take advantage of the great surf spot there :)
We has breakfast near the beach at the Riverside Restaurant (the only restaurant in town) which was delicious, and felt a bit like a nature show was playing outside the window next to us. At least 20 sea lions were fishing in the river, diving into the mud and splashing around, and half a dozen bald eagles were watching the sea lions, waiting for the fish the sea lions were herding up from the depths. While we ate our meal, an eagle landed on the pier just outside our window and casually ate it’s fishy breakfast as well.. so cool!!!
Waves looked best on the south end of the beach, so we parked at the lot for Second Beach and followed a tiny little “tsunami evacuation trail” down to the beach. It was a bit of a fight through thick jungle plants for the first half, very exciting with surf boards, but not a super long walk and full of amazing smells. I felt like we were in Jurassic Park as we climbed over massive logs to the misty beach. The waves were HUGE up close, and we ended walking almost back to our breakfast spot before they looked small enough for us to surf, haha, but it was great to bask in the sunshine on a properly hot Washington day.