One of the first places I camped in my new trailer was Bayview State Park, which is about 90 minutes north of Seattle along Padilla Bay, a wide flat expanse of water with views of the San Juan Islands and even a bit of the Canadian coast near Vancouver. It’s a great place for a waterside walk, as my friends Beth and Sara found out when we went exploring one day.
Sara and I scrambled over some rocks to get down to where the tide pools were and found several square-shaped crabs, none bigger than an inch or so (not counting legs). No idea what their name is, but they could scurry really fast and this is the best shot I got of one.
There were also some pretty shells, which is one of the big advantages of dead low tide.
Beyond that big blue mountain the center is Canada. The tide went so far out it seemed like we could almost walk there on the flats.
It was one of the first really summery days for the Pac NW and this father and daughter had an artists’ date enjoying the weather and the views.
Back at the campground, this is the beach right across the two-lane road from the actual campsites. Pretty good at low tide, but at high tide, there’s no beach walking at all, just views from the picnic sites on a grassy area above the high tide line.
As with most Pac NW beaches, there’s a lot of driftwood, dead trees, and big trunks, so I had fun with some photo angles.
And those are the San Juans to the left, Bellingham to the right. Such a peaceful little stretch of beach and I really enjoyed my stay here.