Since I was headed north along the Washington coast, I came to Ruby Beach first. The beach is part of the Olympic National Park. I got there at low tide and WOW was it ever beautiful. There were lots of tidepools around the sea stacks and I got some great photos of the anemones.
The next day I made it to Rialto Beach. This beach had sea stacks but I arrived at high tide. It was a bit scary because the waves were coming up really close to all the huge driftwood logs. It made for an exciting time and I kept very aware of those logs so that I didn't get caught by surprise. Those logs can be deadly if picked up by a wave.
I hung around long enough to see low tide. What a difference! You could practically walk to the sea stacks, it went out so far. Also you could really see what the beach was made of. There were lots of little pebbles in the sand. This was a much different beach then Ruby Beach. I preferred Ruby Beach, although this was pretty too.