Gravel/cobble beach, Toandos Peninsula with view of Olympics
I took a hike around Oak Head at the south end of the Toandos. It was a hot hike along the heated up gravel and cobbles with the temperature in the mid 80s. The 500-foot climb back up to the road brought a good sweat.
I have noted before that this is a bit of a hot spot for western Washington. A comparison of weather stations:
June July August Sept.
Seattle 69 72 73 67
Port Townsend 66 70 71 67
Bellingham 66 71 72 68
Quilcene 72 77 79 73
Quilcene (near Oak Head) is significantly warmer than my town of Bellingham as well as Seattle during the summer. The name Oak Head at the south end of the Toandos might be in reference to the fact that there is a fair bit of poison oak on the exposed slopes - I have not dug deep enough into the original naming.
After my hike I headed up to the shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and experienced a big temperature gradient in a few miles. On the Strait a strong marine flow was blowing through the strait and the temperature was much cooler requiring a sweater. A kite boarder in a dry suite was taking advantage of the gale.