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Ruby Beach Trail Professional Review and Guide
"A short, easy walk leads families to another popular ocean beach with unbroken sands, which are supposed to be tinted slightly pink by the presence of tiny grains of garnet, the color of rubies. Don’t be disappointed if you can’t see the color; it’s very subtle. Huge rocks stand like stone pillars against the sea. Logs and broken trees are ground to pieces by the surge of breakers.
The sea stacks and islands visible from the beach have led to some historic shipwrecks. Destruction Island is one of the islands, historically named by a British ship captain because Indians attacked crewmembers there while they were collecting water. The closest one is Abbey Island, which the kids can enjoy looking at, particularly at low tide."
--Joan Burton, Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books).
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