What did the beach say when the tide came in?

Long time no sea!

Entrance to Dash Point State Park beach.

Waves clawing their way inward diminishing the beach. Rays of heat bursting from the sun on a summer’s day. The warm breeze carries the smell of salt water. Sand nestling its way in between toes. So much to see and do in the Northwest, but even more at Dash Point Beach. The beach is hidden among trees in Federal Way, Washington. With the original camping ground and the accompanying beach access you can camp, relax, explore, and capture all the beauty Dash Point Beach has to offer. Being a Washington dweller myself I can use this to my advantage and sight see the Northwest through Dash point beach.

Where is this beach? You must travel along a curvy road surrounded by the forest in order to reach Dash Point Beach. Camping sites are on the left and beach access is on the right. Canopies of leaves float above, and each side of the road is engulfed by the shadows immersing from the trees. Once the sign reading “Dash Point State Park” comes into view, you have reached your destination.

Dash Point State Park is situated on Puget Sound in Western Washington and is a popular destination for water recreation and sea-life studies. This 398-acre camping park features 3,301-feet of saltwater shoreline. The beach provides unobstructed views of the Puget Sound.

Dash point beach has a variety of activities for families and is continuing to provide more attractions. The beach was originally a camping site, but expanded its activities when it became a popular sightseeing spot for people in Federal Way. One of the most popular sights is a river for people to walk through, but there’s also a wide open beach to play on, and new trails open to the public. Not only can people experience the beach, but also the forest. Dash Point beach gives the opportunity to explore Federal Way in multiple ways.

Lynn A. Staeheli, a writer, examined different ways in which place is understood and mobilized in political studies. Dash Point beach can be defined as place socially constructed through time. Staeheli writes,

In this perspective, place is dynamic and changing.

Dash point beach continuously encourages ways of exploring the outdoors in the Northwest.

Entering the beach there is a concrete tunnel that leads to paradise. The suspense is lifted when noticing the light at the end. The sun shines brightly on a concrete path leading to the left and the right. Young playful children run across carrying towels and buckets. Large piles of drift wood are placed at the entrance to the beach. The tide is out and everyone is relaxing and enjoying themselves. Teenagers skim boarding in the shallow water. People floating on inner tubes in the ocean. Kids building sand castles and digging holes. Parents reading books in the shade of their umbrellas. Dogs running freely on the wide open beach.

As a kid, my grandma would always take me to the beach with my cousins. Out of everything else, my favorite thing to do was go walking in the river. I always tried to catch water skippers and release them. Out of curiosity, I would cross the previous man-made bridges to check out the other side. On rare occasions, I’d find rocks shaped like hearts, and collect the shells and treasures found along the way.

The water is not always calm, don’t get yourself caught in a riptide. There are some not so glamorous aspects to this incredible place. The bathrooms are not always clean. The floors are made of cement and sand gets tracked in easily. The area to rinse off the salt water and sand is fairly dirty from the amount of people using it in one day. The beach is open to the public mostly all day, and there is no time set aside for cleaning during the day.

Dash Point beach in the afternoon.

After visiting, I wish there was more time in the day to enjoy the beauty this beach provides. It’s the perfect place to run around and enjoy everything around you. There’s a new part of the beach to experience every way you turn. Such as numerous trails, rivers, and the wide open beach itself. The sightseeing will draw you back to visit again. Dash Point Beach discovers the Northwest and radiates the feeling of adventure and indulgence. A day spent at the beach is captivating and definitely worth the trip.

Dash Point beach sunset.

Rhetorical assessment. To write on a platform like medium, meant that I knew different people would have separate observations about my review. Thus being so I tried to keep it open to general audience and touch on different aspects. To help my reader understand the way I was approaching my place, I started by setting the scenery with a thick description. I then emphasized how the beach was a great way to do sightseeing in the northwest. I did this because I felt the beach is something you experience, so I wanted readers to have that experience through writing. I considered my position as a student in 101, and this affected what I wrote because I kept my position as teenager. I wanted to write in ways that could appeal to younger audiences, but also excite older audience with the sightseeing aspect. Regarding my design layout of the review I decided to center the writing and the pictures. I chose to do so because I wanted to keep the paragraphs neatly together. I placed the pictures in the order of the time span of the day. It starts with a joke to give the sense of the fun journey the reader is about to embark on. The first picture represents arriving at the beach. Then moving towards the afternoon. And Once the day has ended, a picture of the sunset. I was emphasizing what a day at the beach looks like. The writing sections follow the same pattern. progressively moving forward.


* Lynn A. Staeheli, Chapter 11 Place, page 162.

* “Dash Point State Park.” N.p., n.d. Web. 16 May 2016.

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