First thing we found out was the sites on the non waterfront side of the park are almost humorously narrow. When we pulled in I think we may have bumped our neighbors who were sitting in their own postage stamp sized sitting area, and when we hooked up, we got to know them quite well as we had to walk right through their space:( We had to take turns with each coach on our sides as to who would get to put their awning out. We were so close at cocktail hour we almost intermingled our conversations with all three pairs of us. Anyway to say the least we will not stay in that part of the park again. Then we moved over to the waterfront, and even though generally they would be considered narrow, in comparison it felt like we were on our own private acre:) Nonetheless the view made it worthwhile, fantastic!
We ran up to a lovely town, Bellingham, to go to REI to see about exchanging my new walking shoes that I'm having issues with, and to walk around and see the sights, especially in the historic section of Fairhaven, which was very nice. We then took a scenic drive back the beautiful Chuckanut Drive along the cliffside to Anacortes. We finally found a nice fresh produce stand and got some good veggies, we have seen tons of fruit stands all over the area, but no vegetables. The campground told us of a great seafood place where we actually ended up going 3 times to buy fresh fish to cook for dinner, king salmon, halibut, halibut again:), and even got some spot prawns to try, delish! The campground is also right on a nice paved walking/biking path, so we were able to enjoy our daily walks.
So our next destination was Salt Creek Campground to the west of Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula, now from Anacortes there are several routes available to you. Around and through Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia to the tune of 280 miles, or down onto Whidbey Island to Coupeville, and onto the Coupleville-Port Townsend ferry for a distance of 103 miles, hmmm. As you know we are ferry experts from our trips to Alaska, and have always been very impressed with their careful handling of our coach, so we figured we would go look and see the operation of the ferry and figure out our routing. Even with the big tides on this route, they run 18 ferries a day, it's only 5 miles across. So down Whidbey Island we go across the Deception Pass Bridge, which is quite a bridge, 180' over the swirling tide driven water.
|The view from the bridge is spectacular!|
So now we are at an interesting campground, Salt Creek, west of Port Angeles with a killer view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, a main shipping channel for Seattle and other ports.
|Our view right out our dirty windshield:)|