We’re just back from a little overnighter at Bayview State Park, up on Padilla Bay. The weather was fabulous for spring in the Pacific Northwest… Check that – Super Fabulous!
Travis and Teresa got a new tent so they were excited to test it out. As the enormous structure started to take shape… A shadow was cast across the land 🙂
Sorry I didn’t get any photos of their new tent, butI thought I would share a few photos from our weekend.
This very spot, 6 hours later, would be about two miles of mudflats. That makes Padilla Bay an especially productive birding area. Migratory birds stop here to feed and rest on their journeys to and from northern breeding areas.
The fresh 18-20 knot winds brought out a few windsurfers.
But the real joy was just an abundance of time, clowning around camp. Teresa came up with the “recipe and ingredients” for these giant s’mores. Toasted marshmallows stuffed into an ice-cream sugar cone, topped by Hershey’s chocolate bars.
I am still recovering from the sugar raging through my blood stream… but man they were yummy.
Travis broke out his giant bubble maker and quickly had zeppelin sized bubbles flying all over camp.
Are you starting to see a pattern here? Big tent, big s’mores, big bubbles = BIG FUN!
Of course no evening would be complete without a sunset over the bay photo…
The next morning after a few seconds of deliberation it was decided that the group would forego my offer to make pancakes for everybody and we would all go out to breakfast. Susan piled into TnT’s car for the 4-5 mile trip to the restaurant, and I blasted down there on my Rockhopper.
Early morning on the Padilla Bay trail, with miles of mudflats brought out the shorebirds. I paused a few times to watch the ariel ballet of 200 small sandpipers (maybe dunlin) dancing across the clear blue morning sky, swooshing back and forth, like a white and brown paintbrush.
A lazy morning allowed for Travis and Remy to take a little combat nap while Booker, Teresa, and Suzie went down to the beach to look for crabs. I found myself flopped out in my camp chair, with my feet propped up on the picnic table, playing some ukulele.
Our day was capped off by a hike through the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Reserve and a visit to the interruptive center.
So if you go, don’t miss a visit to the Breazeale Interpretive Center. There are a number of very interesting, and very kid friendly, displays to educate, entertain, and maybe even inspire us all.
That’s it for now. Kat