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The beach walk
José Mandojana

The beach walk

A good beach walk is a course in mindfulness, like this trek along Washington’s Dungeness Spit, the longest sand spit in the U.S. and one of the longest in the world. Near its end is New Dungeness Light Station—an attainable goal you admire before you turn around and walk the 5.5 miles back to your normal life, renewed. $3/group of 4; fws.gov/washingtonmaritime

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