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Camano Island Getaway

When the clouds lifted across the way we discovered a spectacular view.

As our Thanksgiving holiday approached and it became clear that we would be celebrating without family for the first time in many years, Reg and I chose to do our social distancing and turkey roasting in Washington State. We managed to rent a one bedroom cottage on Camano Island, perched right on the waters of the Puget Sound region. When the clouds allowed, we enjoyed a view across to Whidbey Island and the mountains of Olympic Peninsula beyond. It’s been the perfect getaway.

We were sandwiched between two state parks, each an easy one mile walk from our front door. Wednesday we headed to Cama Beach State Park, first detouring along the trail to Cranberry Lake. It seemed an appropriate destination for a holiday walk.

We chose not to linger, instead turning back to find the trail to Cama Beach.

We found the beach deserted but rows and rows of rustic cabins, when filled with vacationers, promise a very different scene.

We climbed back up to hike the Marine Loop Trail, enjoyed a perfect lunch spot and then finished our tour of Cama Beach State Park.

The following day we headed in the opposite direction to explore Camano Island State Park, choosing the loop trail which took us high above the beach, down to the shore and then back up again.

We drive home tomorrow, but squeezed one last walk in today. Another loop trail through the Camano Ridge Forest Preserve allowed us the chance to explore the opposite end of the island.

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Cape Disappointment Exceeds Expectations

We enjoyed a long hike through Cape Disappointment State Park two years ago, so despite the gloomy name, we were enthusiastic about our 3-night stay. Our campsite was the best, (site A-9 if you’re taking notes) lots of open space backing up to a long stretch of sandy beach.

It’s always fun to camp with friends, so we were thrilled when Pam and Jim took a few days from their trip north to stir up some trouble with us. As a recently installed, card carrying Elk, Pam was eager to check out the Long Beach Lodge, and we all tagged along, not wanting to miss the fun. I’m happy to report we all received a warm welcome and ice cold drinks!

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At Least We’re Not in a Tent

Drizzle and puddles greeted us at Washington’s Grayland Beach State Park.

We woke up this morning, our third at Grayland Beach State Park, to the sound of drips on our trailer roof. After the absolutely beautiful day we had yesterday, it was a surprising disappointment. But we agreed, “At least we’re not in a tent!”

Above are scenes from our outing yesterday to Ocean Shores, a touristy community situated on a finger of land between the Pacific Ocean and Grays Harbor. We had hoped for more sunshine today, but settled for a drive along a scenic route with the laundromat as our destination.

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Northern Cascades unveil a magic act

Diablo Lake is one of several reservoirs in the Cascades used to produce power for Seattle.

 

A Valley Like This

Sometimes you look at an empty valley like this,

and suddenly the air is filled with snow.

That is the way the whole world happened –

there was nothing, and then. . .

But maybe some time you will look out and even

the mountains are gone, the world becomes nothing

again. What can a person do to help

bring back the world?

We have to watch it and then look at each other.

Together we hold it close and carefully

save it, like a bubble that can disappear

if we don’t watch out.

Please think about this as you go on. Breathe on the world.

Hold out your hands to it. When mornings and evenings

roll along, watch how they open and close, how they

invite you to the long party that your life is.

– William Stafford

(Written on plaque at Cascades lookout)




Highway 20 from the Seattle area climbs into the northern Cascades and is part of the Cascades Loop, a 400-mile scenic drive.

Liberty Bell is the peak as seen from Washington Lookout, the highest point on the drive.

The Skagit River, below, is dammed several times.

The suspension bridge leads to a rain forest-like walk along the river.









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Sun Mountain Lodge Shines

Who doesn’t like a good deal? We sure do, so when our friend Teri brought the Sun Mountain Lodge mid-week special to our attention, Reg grabbed the phone to reserve our room. What a beautiful spot…far more luxurious than our usual accommodations, but well worth the trip into northern Washington.

The grounds are beautifully landscaped with lots of outdoor seating to relax and enjoy the views.

My blue-eyed horse was named White Leg and Reg rode Billy.

 

Just down the hill from the lodge are stables where guests can saddle up for a breakfast ride, dinner ride or the simple hour and a half trail ride that we did.

The Sun Mountain Lodge is open year-round with plenty of activities for all ages, both inside and out. If you’re ever in the neighborhood it’s a must see!

 

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