It's only been a few days, but he had to look at the map for us to remember it was Fort Worden State Park! Not that it was any less memorable than any other place we've been, but we've seen SO much!
Our last trip from Sequim (we moved to Gilgal Oasis RV Park for a couple days) took us east to Discovery Bay. A beautiful, large bay off the Strait at the intersection of Hwy 101 and Hwy 20.
Like many of the small lakes in Washington, Discovery Bay has very limited public access. Bill found us a road that went down a 15% grade to a private community with more No signs than I've ever seen. No Trespassing. No beach access. No parking. No, no, no! Beckett Point is a lovely spot that I'm sure they've paid a lot for the privilege of living in, although the community was pretty run-down for waterfront on the Strait.
|Not a single "No photography" sign in sight|
|Beckett Point on Discovery Bay, WA|
|Nice little beach with Mount Baker in the distance|
|Again, it's really there|
|Looking for her brothers who are hiding in the grass|
For the first time since we got it, we watched the outdoor television for the Football Hall of Fame Game. Tacos, brews and football was a great combination until the setting sun made the screen impossible to see :-( . As a die-hard Steelers fan let me just say that we were trying out some new talent.
|There is a football game on there, really|
Gilgal is a nice, small park. It is close to Sequim's cute downtown, close to Hwy 101 without the noise, and immaculate. The hosts are super friendly, and it was full the whole time we were there. It is however, very tight on all four sides of your space. This is the first place we stayed where our rear neighbor's picnic table was just outside the bedroom slide window by the bed. Bill was dumping tanks next to our other neighbor's picnic table while they were having breakfast. He apologized, but they knew there was no alternative. We'd probably stay again but at least try for one of the pull-throughs on the outside row.
We woke up
No rain was forecast but it started just past Discovery Bay. And as we pulled onto Hwy 104, the sky lit up with lightening and we got the word at the same time. Ezra had arrived! The windshield wipers didn't work on my tears of joy, but traffic was light :-)
We pulled in at noon to Port Ludlow RV Park. I had a completely different picture in my head, even after a quick Google Earth peak a couple weeks ago. Rather than another park of concrete and symmetrically spaced sites, this is a lovely forest setting with great separation and spacious sites. FHUs, 30 amp.
|Space 14 in the very far corner, waterfall trail at the back|
|Very private and very quiet|
It was still early so we decided to check out the new neighborhood.
Port Ludlow is a resort town with a beautiful marina, Inn, park and a pond where they looked to be racing remote-control sailboats. It's very pretty and very manicured. A little too Stepford Wives for me, but folks are very nice.
Per usual Bill looked at the map and told me where to go (he's quite good at this, enjoys it way too much). We found two very small State Beaches with the strangest "beach" I'd ever seen. Rocks and lots and lots of shells. Clams, crabs, and huge oyster shells. Also lots of fishing boats seemingly piled there for whoever wants to fish, although I'm sure they belong to the many small properties along the dirt entry road.
The other end of Shine Tidelands is at the Hood Canal Bridge. That would be the floating bridge we will be traversing on Monday. I probably didn't really need to see it up close. The floating part up close.
|Seems pretty sturdy........|
At least this is the way I remember it........