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Bay View – Washington State Park   Leave a comment

When I woke up yesterday, I was greeted by rain clouds outside.  Now, this was not what the forecast had promised.  And I was very tired of the rain.  I was ready for the nice weather that we were suppose to have.  Frustrated, but knowing there was nothing I could do, I might as well move on with the day.

So the my family went out for the morning and by the time we were done with lunch and heading home the sun had finally made an appearance.  All the grey clouds were making their way to go over the Cascades.  Now the decision, to go out for the afternoon or work in the yard.  The grass was certainly in needing to be cut, but it could wait one more day.

I gathered up my camera bag and my hubby and I hopped into the car.  Where to go.. where to go…  I knew I didn’t want to go east, since that was the direction the rain clouds had taken.  So we went west.  I was wanting to go to the Breadfarm in Edison anyways to pick up a loaf of bread (They have such delicious bread!!).

We then wander the roads around the area.  One of stops brought us to Bay View State Park.  Being part of the Washington State Park system, it does require a Discovery Pass or you need to pay a parking fee.  Lucky for us, we have our Discovery Pass!

The park is located within the small town of Bay View, Washington.  The town sits on the coast line that looks out over Padilla Bay.  Nearby is the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center.  A great place to stop in the learn about the Padilla Bay Reserve.

The park itself isn’t large. It has an upper side that host camping for RVs, trailers or tents.  There is trail from the area that leads under the road to the lower park portion.  You can also just drive and park in the lower park area.  The park sits along the coast line.  There are lots of picnic tables, a covered area and fire pits.  There is even a couple of horse shoe pits.  This park does not include any play areas for kids.  However, with a beach to explore, who needs a  playground?

The beach is your typical rocky beach you find in the Puget Sound.  There is drift wood and seaweed too.  The views look out over to the refineries in Anacortes and out into the Sound towards the Hat Island and the larger Guemes island.  Overall, if you are looking for a park to visit for the day to enjoy a picnic, I would certainly recommend it.  I can’t speak towards the camping, but there were a good number of people utilizing it.

Have a great week everyone!

Rasar – Washington State Park   7 comments

This last week my hubby and I received our discovery pass in the mail.  The discovery pass allows you to park in any of our Washington State Parks without having to pay any fees.  It cost $30 and it is good for the full year.  To us, not a bad deal and some of that money will funnel back into the park system.

The day we received it, we headed out and went to a park we have never visited before.  Rasar State Park.  About a mile or so off Highway 20, it sits right along the Skagit River.  On our way to check out the park, we saw part of a herd of elk running along to catch up with the rest of the group.   They were meeting up to graze in a field right behind someone’s house.  I managed to get a few shots off from my camera after I had to turn the car around and come back down the highway. 🙂

After watching them for a few minutes we head off to the park.  We found as we entered the park that it is available for day use, but also camping.  Either by tent or by trailer.  Not that I’m huge on camping, but it nice to know.  Josh and I headed for the day use area.  We proudly put our discovery pass up for display and went for the trail that would lead to the river.

The trail, or really more of a path, leads from the parking down an incline that takes you to a meadow/field area.  The view of the larger foothills right before you get to the Cascades is fantastic.  We were lucky that clouds this particular evening were adding some character to the view.

From there we wandered down the path to the river.  Overall it is a short walk to get there, but it goes through a beautiful forest area with some great old trees with the moss hanging off their limbs.

At the river, there wasn’t anything spectacular about the view, but it was relaxing.  The water has a little bit of a teal/aqua blue to it.  This is usually signs of glacier feeds into the river.  We didn’t go to much further, as we wanted to get home before it was dark.  We could see the sun was starting to set of in the distance.  Just from where we were at along the river, there was a couple vantage points to watching the sun set.

So we turned around and headed back to the car.  As we talked, we both agreed that we will be returning very soon to further explore what this park has to offer.  This will hopefully be the start of a series for throughout the rest of the year in which we explore other state parks within our area.  Stay tuned!