Westport Light State Park

Wesport Light State Park is just a happy walk south of Westhaven State Park, so if you visit one, you should likely visit the other.

WAIT! you say… it’s been near 3 years since your last update and then you start out without even giving so much as an explanation?!!?!?!?

Answer: Money/Life/Priorities/Choices.

Okay, so moving on. It is really a blissful jaunt to get from one park to the other, and on a paved path no less. This means you can rollerblade (as if anyone really still does that right?), bike, or just be generally happy that you are not getting sand in your shoes due to your sand phobia.

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This walk is actually not in the registered state park land, but it may as well be since you can’t tell difference. The real reason you want to come to Westport Light though; is because of the proclaimed “Tallest Lighthouse in Washington.” Which will instantly confuse you; since it is about 0.5 miles from the beach itself, but none the less its worth checking out.

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There was a small fee for entering it and being allowed to kill your thighs and travel to the top of it. However, it has lots of character and will brighten your dull day once you stop and admire the details of the construction. Along the path to the top they have pictures that tell the story of the lighthouse, and give reasoning’s as to why the beach has moved itself farther out into the sea (I’m sure you’re relieved to know the lighthouse didn’t move itself, or that by the off chance was a poor decision by someone who doesn’t understand the purposeĀ  of a lighthouse.)

Back to the shiny details of the innards. They are intricate and well planned, and made for some great and unique pictures.

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Once you’ve managed to get yourself to the peak of this towering concrete cylinder, you’ll find a decent view of the surroundings, but honestly the inside has a bit more charm. It should be noted that we did get there on a pretty cloudy type day, so our view was slightly limited.

Also for the sake of this being a “review” blog there is a picnic area at the parking lot for those who feel they need such accommodations to find their inner peace.

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Conclusion of the matter: 3 out of 5 Stars. It makes a decent stop if you’re in the area, and it’s a bit off putting to have to pay to go up the lighthouse, even if it’s understandable. But in the end it has great beach access and that is likely the real reason you strapped yourself in your car and headed west anyways.

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Grayland Beach State Park

If I say the word, “beach.” What would come to your mind? If your mind lacks imagination and you have never browsed an article called, “Greatest Beaches in the World.” Then the likely conclusion is that all you’ll come up with is wind, waves, and sand. Welcome to Grayland Beach State Park. It’s not that it isn’t pretty here, or that there isn’t ample activity going on by the hustle and bustle of people. It just lacks any real wow factor. There is sand to your left and right for about as far as the eye can see.

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Straight away we were rushed by a rabidly happy golden retriever. Following closely behind was its owner who saved us from his slobbery intentions. We skipped the option of flipping a coin to pick a direction of travel and headed left. A slightly poor choice since that put the wind into our face, but once our mind is made up we couldn’t change it. Not true ofcourse, but more likely we just didn’t put enough thought into it after the pleasant interaction with the dog.

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And so we wandered. Slowly, methodically, decisively. Crushing the various shells under our shoes we marched down the beach with great purpose. The purpose was not actually known though, we just wanted to be confident people walking down the beach. Who wants to be the embarrassing city folk at the beach? Not this group. Speaking of group, we were fortunate to bring along my mother to this barren landscape. Infact, we could blame her for the destination, as it was her idea to go to the beach. I may make it sound like she beat us with a willow tree branch, but we actually consented in a free will sort of way. And we did say “All” state parks didn’t we?

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There was actually plenty of things to see on this beach. Dead carcases from crabs and sand dollars where every where. Finding a whole sand dollar was near impossible, but my mom kept picking them up as though it was a challenge that must be overcome. Success was granted to her mission after a mile or so, and a childish smile of happiness glistened in her eyes. No reward beyond satisfaction though; as it just led to even more walking.

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What do you find at the end of the beach? probably another beach. We can’t know for sure as you can’t bring your legs to continue when there is no hope on the horizon. Coming up to a small river, we decided it looked like a solid place to end our journey and turned back towards home. This time we stayed up away from the beach and followed a small water bog that lines the upper edge. It was eerie to walk beside it, I could feel my feet sink about two inches as the ground literally caved under my feet. All I could think was a sinkhole could form any minute. I’m actually shuttering alittle bit just thinking about it.

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The normal birds were out around the beach as well. Some seagulls, crows and some other tiny birds. They are there to both collect your drops of food and crap on your car. Drive with caution, they are of vicious intent indeed.

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So what is the conclusion of the matter? You’ll be shocked to see a 3 out of 5. But this beach has trimmings you need for a lazy beach vocation. This beach allows driving on the beach, and has ample wind for your kite. I didn’t go with 2 stars, cuz I know there will be more barren beaches than this one. (I’m looking at you Long Beach!)

~Me.Greedy

Bay View State Park

Bay View State Park is a quaint little park near the town of Bay View, Washington. It is what you might call a “local’s park.” Not many people will really go out-of-the-way to see this park with Deception Pass State Park only about twenty minutes away. However, it has its own interesting view and is worth a stop for a quick stop on the way. There is a campground here, but I’m not sure why you would stay here unless Deception Pass was full.

When coming off the road into the park you circle under the road and enter a perfect picturesque picnic landing. It’s maybe the size of 2 or 3 football fields and has plenty of tables for eating, and even a good-sized shelter for a large party. The view from here would probably be really impressive on a clear day, but we happened to come on a rather soggy afternoon with lots of grey. Many of the islands were still in view in the distance, and there was even a kite flyer testing the wind which was in plenty during our visit. Also in the midst of the park is a monument to the pioneers of this park, telling of how a tree hugging couple saved this plot of land from utter destruction. (Well maybe it isn’t that dramatic of a story, but the gist of it is close.)

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After Soaking in the picnic zone we started waddling our way down the beach. The beach here is more like a river bank, with lots and lots of rocks and not much sand to go with it. Also the depth of the beach is very shallow and at high tide is not likely going to have much walking room. But if you are fortunate enough to be there in the low tide phase you’ll enjoy a rather beautiful walk on the beach. All be it you’ll have to watch your ankles. As footing can be both slippery and annoying. Imagine yourself walking through the Rocky Mountains, accept you’re a giant and they are just rocks… It’s probably equivalent to that. I did take a spill from stepping on a rock wrong and almost crushed my camera. My wife didn’t laugh, but I could sense she was amused by my lack of skill in walking. She claimed she was more concerned for me than the camera, but I do have my doubts.

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Along the beach you’ll find plenty of awesome stones and shells for picking through, and also you’ll enjoy the seagulls yakking at you. They are ofcourse waiting until you are far enough away from your car that they can go poop on it without fear of being caught. None the less their company is better than the rocks, as all they do is sit on the ground trying to trip you. I’m not sure who is more malicious out of the two, but I’m not comfortable knowing they may be forming an alliance against me.

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We spent far longer than planned here. Our car decided it didn’t want to start back up, so we were stuck for about four hours here, and after about the first hour it started raining buckets. This help me notice the idea I mentioned earlier about this being a “locals park”. Several people came and parked next to us while we sat in our car; and all they did was eat their lunch and stare out their windows. most never got out of the car. And that’s about all this state park is really good for… a lunch spot.

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CONCLUSION: 3 stars out of 5, don’t camp here, but if you are in the area, stop in and eat some lunch. Because average is all that is here.

~Me.Greedy