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This is a part of Washington life that I deeply miss. I'd like to get out to various parts of the Bay Area coast more often, but that often feels like an insurmountable task. I wish we'd been able to do even more hiking while in Washington, but our time there was precious and too short.

I should spend some more time with my 2017 calendar to figure out how to fit in more hiking.

My Dad had recommended this hike, on Whidbey Island. To get there, we drove up and through Deception Pass, because scrottie had never seen Deception Pass before. We first walked out to Rosario Head, where it was so windy that I was unsteady on my feet. The tide was high, so we didn't go down onto the beach at all. Then we paused at the bridge and watched a powerboat ford the flowing, swirling pass waters on Pass Island. Hell of a skookumchuck, there.

I have such fond memories of family camping trips to Cranberry Lake, playing in the ocean and on the sandy beach until we were freezing cold, then running over to Cranberry Lake because the water would feel strangely warm, and jumping off of and pushing around giant, half-submerged logs.

From there, we drove down to Coupeville for some quick sandwiches, then found Ebey's Landing and our hike.

Ebey's Landing

The sun came out just for our hike, as we traveled up along the bluff. It was beautiful and I could feel part of myself relax and expand out as we walked.

Bluff view

Soon the lake below came into view:
Bluff trail, Ebey's Landing

We hiked down the switchbacks, dipped in the ocean (well, S dipped. I only went up to my knees), then walked along the lake bank, returning to the car just as the sun began to go down.

Perego's Lagoon

The hike itself only took us around 2 hours, so I think it would be a reasonable family hike.

Then we took the ferry from Clinton back to Mukilteo and drove back to Seattle.


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Jan. 3rd, 2017 06:44 pm (UTC)
I love these photos. To me they are so much of my childhood. The light, the water, the cliffs.
Jan. 3rd, 2017 07:04 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. I have a biologist friend who moved out to Port Angeles about a year ago, and in a similar vein I'm so grateful for her hiking pictures.
Jan. 4th, 2017 01:55 am (UTC)
Beautiful!!! Returning to the natural places that feed our soul is like nothing else.

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