The Last, Great Beach Landing Airport in America
Whether you are a pilot, a hiker, a beachcomber or just interested in random facts, there is a location on the Olympic Peninsula that offers something not found anywhere else in America. It isn’t the Hoh Rainforest (Link) , the Killer Mountain Goats (Link) or the lifetime of memories. It also isn’t the Bigfoot tours (Link) or the amazing trails (Link) that are all over. No, the Olympic Peninsula offers the last of the airports that consist of nothing more than the sand on the beach.
The city of Copalis, Washington (Just north of Ocean Shores: http://exotichikes.com/an-ex-locals-guide-to-ocean-shores/) is home to some of the strangest beach dwellers known to man, as well as an airport that exists that is one of the most unique in the world. The airport, which is really just a section of beach along the Pacific Ocean, limits your landings to low tide and pilots have to be aware of everything from cars and people to driftwood and washed up Tsunami debris from the last large earthquake in Japan. The airport is also legally in the boundary of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, which limits flights below 2000 feet. However, since this is an airstrip, they allow the pilot to take a quick pass over the beach to check for debris, cars people and sand conditions before they land. Pilots are encouraged to land on dark color sand, as it is usually more compact and easy to land on, as opposed to the loose white sand. Finally, once you have landed, you are to make sure you park your plane above the high tide mark, otherwise, you may not have a plane when you want to depart.
Obviously this area is limited to flights, but with new weather apparatus, as well as more visible markers for where your plane could land, this would make for an amazingly unique place to stay while touring the Olympic Peninsula. Who wouldn’t want to take a scenic flight over the majestic peaks, the lush rainforests and land the plane on the beach, just before the sun sets on one of the most beautiful places on the planet? When I say the Olympic Peninsula has something for everyone, I really mean it.
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