Cape Flattery, the furthest point at the northwestern tip of the continental United States, and last to see the sun set over the Pacific Ocean, is within the Makah Indian Reservation on the coast of Washington.
Weaving our way over narrow, unmarked roads, racing the sun, past scattered trailers and tribal gathering places, we found the deserted lot, displayed our just-purchased Recreation Permit, and hastily hiked out to the point.
From a high, narrow lookout, the ocean faintly seen, pounding the rocks and caves below.
The fog, thick and cool.
The sky, white.
Thinning bit by bit, Tatoosh Island and its lighthouse emerged,
rosy skies to either side.
And glimpses of Vancouver Island to the north.
Then a clearing,
and the sun slipped past the horizon.
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