Short Sands cove of Oswald West State Park feels shrouded in lore. Legend says Sir Francis Drake, the 16th century English marauder, buried Spanish-pirated Aztec gold here. There’s a real sense of enchantment, hiking the old-growth Sitka spruce forest, hitting the beach as the morning fog lifts off the sand. It might not be ancient gold, but it’s definitely treasure.
A huge thanks to Steven Clouse for getting up in the middle of the night, lugging his camera gear through the woods and watching the sunrise with us. And of course, thanks to Travis Kroeger for his companionship and falsetto.