Cape Disappointment State Park

Cape Disappointment is located on the very southwestern tip of Washington State, and is just north of the mouth of the Columbia River. It’s one of the foggiest places in the U.S., but luckily I visited the park on a clear sunny day.  This area was visited by early European explorers and the military used the land to protect the Columbia River from threats during the … Continue reading Cape Disappointment State Park

Fort Casey State Park

As one of the members of the “triangle of fire” (the other two are Fort Worden and Fort Flager), Fort Casey was strategically placed on Whidbey Island to help protect the inner Puget Sound. Fort Casey State Park is a huge area with a conference center, pool, bunkers and batteries to explore, a light house to tour, and lots of walking trails. It’s a great … Continue reading Fort Casey State Park

Ebey’s Landing Bluff Trail

Ebey’s Landing is a National Historic Reserve (the first one in the Unite States) that has a beautiful hike along the bluff overlooking the Puget Sound. To access the Bluff Trail. you can park near the cemetery and walk through the prairie. This route will allow you to see the historic homestead of Jacob and Sarah Ebey. If you are short on time, you can … Continue reading Ebey’s Landing Bluff Trail

Birch Bay State Park

Birch Bay State Park is located on the southern part of Birch Bay. The community of Birch Bay is small, welcoming, and definitely a great little get-away spot. The state park easy to find with accessible beach access. There are many options for a day-use activities with many picnic tables along the beach, two shelters, a basketball court, and miles of hiking trails. The camping … Continue reading Birch Bay State Park

Spencer Spit State Park

Located on Lopez Island, Spencer Spit State Park is a great option for those that want to car camp on the San Juan Islands. There are many drive up tent sites, some walk-in beach sites for those arriving on the Cascadia Marine Trail. The campsites are wooded with plenty of shade. This is a popular campground, so make sure you reserve the campsite in advance. … Continue reading Spencer Spit State Park

Art in Ilwaco, Washington

Established in 1876, the community of Ilwaco, Washington has served as a port for fishing along the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. The town also hosts many festivals and has a great boardwalk along the marina. There are several art galleries that are right off of the marina. I visited the area last summer while I was staying at Fort Columbia State Park. Any … Continue reading Art in Ilwaco, Washington

Lake Crescent

The beautiful Lake Crescent is about 18 miles west of Port Angeles within the Olympic National Park. This pristine lake was created from landslide around 7,000 years ago. There are many recreational activities at Lake Crescent. You can choose from many hikes (including a lakeside trail), camping, boating, or enjoy a paddle on a kayak or canoe. The Lake Crescent lodge has boat rentals (check their … Continue reading Lake Crescent