Shine Tidelands State Park

This place is the definition of wasted funds. There is no real reason it should be wasting any tax dollars for something this small and lame. On the plus side the only money being spent on this park is probably the upkeep of the porta-potty, because outside of that there is nothing here. However, there is one thing worth stopping in for, and that is the view:

Tree Bottom

Under bridge

You are casting your gaze on the awesome, and under rated Hood Canal Bridge. This bridge is the essence of time travel for those that live in this area. Not in the literal Back to the Future time travel, just the fact you will literally save two hours of driving if you have to go around the inlet. It also looks quite impressive doesn’t it? Just don’t take your eyes off of it. If you start to meander down the rocky beach you’ll see the remnants of humans everywhere. From bottle caps to screwdrivers we found them all here.

Bottle Cap

Poker

Now the real reason this place is a candidate for even being a park at all, is that just up the beach over the road is a tiny wetlands. It’s a wall of green, that almost makes you feel like you were glad you turned off the road for the 37 second drive. It is inhabited with many birds, and I won’t get into that problem, but you can imagine they are cheerful and greeting you on the way in. You’d be wrong. They’re only there to laugh at what you drive, and will crap on it once you leave its presence. Dammit, the birds took me off track. Back to the mud pool, honestly though, a picture would probably make more sense here anyways.

Wetlands

Okay, so what does that leave. Rocks. Islands in the distance. Fence Posts. Gate. That summed it up pretty well right? Heh, you’re confused about the fence post aren’t you? I’ll have you covered for that in a second. There was one other thing of note, that probably is more important than I think. There was people clam digging! Now that your interest is piqued I won’t tell you more, and that is because these people all left the boundaries of the park to find the lost treasures of the sand. They just parked here, and then took their buckets else where. They walked so far they were out of sight. I was alittle teary eyed about that, because I wanted to get some pictures of them doing it. oh well, your left with the fence post.

Fence Post

Oh yeah, and the island view. I lied though, that is not an island. It is just an out cropping into the bay. There is no islands. Thank you Google maps for crushing my personal memories.

Islands

Conclusion of the matter: This is really a 1 out of 5 kind of place. If it wasn’t so close to highway it wouldn’t be worth your time. For 37 seconds of driving it can be said it’s worth it. Also, this place is so insignificant that Google maps doesn’t even show it on their maps. That might tell you more than my whole review.

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