I haven't been back-backing in years! After collecting basic gear 6 or 7 years ago, one outdoor enthusiast relationship ended and another began that was less interested. I'm reflecting on the idea of not stopping activities you enjoy because a new partner doesn't share the interest. It's okay if they don't, but build a community of people who will feed that side of you. Similar to any relationship matter, your primary partner will likely not have every quality you need in other humans. Community and friendship are so important outside of your romantic relationships. I didn't think of that through my early 20s. As the less experienced camper/back-packer, I relied on a partner to guide me, and once that relationship was over - it felt like that side of me was over as well.
The creatively named Third Beach is part of the Olympic Peninsula and not far from Forks and La Push. This was not only a beautiful place, but a thoughtful and short trail for someone to get back into the hobby, only 3.6 miles round trip.
We built our camp under two fallen trees as a novelty with a tarp canopy, which was perfect for the rainstorm the next day. We hiked up the hill to grab a warm breakfast and explore Forks and La Push during the storm. By the time we returned to our camp, the rain had passed and we owned new rain-gear from going into town. It was stunning out there, crisp air, marine fog, and in a comfortable temperature range.
The gnarly and enchanting beach-wood of La Push! Doesn't this look like a ship of logs?