November Campout

Ferry Crossing Admiralty Inlet

Ferry Crossing Admiralty Inlet

Well, I know things have been a little quiet on the Adventure Journal lately, so here we go with a few photos from our overnight camping trip to Whidbey Island.  I had been hoping for a few days of nice weather for the brief mid-week escape, but alas, it was not to be.  The sky was slate grey and the rain was coming down in sheets as we drove northbound on I-5.

Rolling through the town of Oak Harbor the screeching of the windshield wipers finally got to be more than we could stand, and I pulled into the auto parts store for a fresh pair.  Bosch Micro Edge. Yep, that was all it took to signal “someone” to turn the rain off for a while.

Wind Swept

Wind Swept

Initially the plan was to camp at Deception Pass State Park but all the campsites over on the beach side were closed for the season.  The only ones open were a collection of campsites tucked into a forest near where the old quarry was.  We drove around the loop for a look, but we were unimpressed.  Than plan then shifted back to our old favorite… Fort Casey.

Deer

Deer

We got set up and had some lunch.  Then we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon walk around the nearly vacant park.  There were clearly more deer than people in the park on this grey November day.

Admiralty Head Lighthouse

Admiralty Head Lighthouse

The last leaves of fall...

The last leaves of fall…

The rain came back with an occasional shower and the wind picked up considerably during the night.  We got all snuggled into our cozy little van an enjoyed an evening of reading and listening to our favorite podcasts.  That tub full of firewood I’d packed along would have to wait for another camping excursion.

Night Crossing

Night Crossing

Cozy Time

Cozy Time

Morning brought a break in the rain and a “Rock-a-bye Baby, in the treetops” kind of wind that had the whole van shuddering.  After I made tea (Suzie) and coffee (me) we got right back to where we’d left off…reading, cozy, snuggled…check!

Eventually the sun came up but there was no escaping the wind.  We rolled up our camp and drove into Coupeville for some breakfast.  The rest of our morning was spent using the GPS to trace a back roads route along the Puget Sound shoreline.

Sunrise across the sound

Sunrise across the sound

Happy Camper

Happy Camper

A quick note on the last two photos.  If you look close you can see the same sunrise reflected in the van window.  Susan enjoyed that beautiful view protected from the chilly wind… thus keeping the “cozy” theme going all the way home.

That’s all for now.  Kat

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About Jeff Katzer

Welcome friends. I'm a cyclist, hiker, motorbike rider, kayaker, photographer, videographer, ukulele player, snowshoer, XC skier, and BEST of all - a grandpa. Somewhere in that list above you'll find the theme of the Adventure Journal.
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