Scott and I decided to do something different this year. Usually, if money is available, we go camping for 3-4 days in Cannon Beach. We have a favorite campground there this is, literally, 4 blocks from the beach. This year, however, we decided to take camping trips with each child individually. First, Scott took Josh camping at Primrose Point State Park. This past weekend, Mikaela and I found a campsite on Willapa Bay near the Pacific Ocean. It was located almost equidistant from Westport and Long Beach. Next, Samuel and Scott will be coming up north somewhere and utilizing a great groupon for a kayaking tour.
At first, I was a little worried about camping with just us girls. The last time I had been camping without a male, I ended up with a campsite directly across from a solo man who started drinking by noon. I wasn't comfortable with that situation at all. But this time, I found a KOA Kampground, which seemed safer because of their family-friendly nature. It turned out to be a great place, and I never felt uneasy during our stay.
We had a great time. Here are some highlights of our trip:
This is our campsite. I think it was the best one in our campground, and we plan on bringing the whole family back. As you can see, I successfully got our site set up.
As soon as we had our site set up, we headed north towards Tokeland and Westport. We found this beach with lots of drift wood and downed trees. There were no shells, though, so we didn't stay long. Across the street from this beach was a small cemetery with tombstones from the late 1800s and early 1900s. There were a few recent ones, too. On the cliff overlooking the beach was a house for sale. We decided that it would be perfect for our family, but with the $1,295,000 price tag, it was a bit out of our range.
After this beach, we headed north and stopped at Grayland Beach to see if it had an shells; it didn't.
Then we went to Westport and had dinner at a little place we saw last time we went to Westport a couple weeks ago. Mikaela wanted to try clams, and I had a rather large bacon cheeseburger. After dinner, we walked along a long pier located there, and watched various people pull up and measure crabs. One group was doing well and had enough crabs for all of them for dinner that night. We talked about coming back and renting crab nets when we come back with the rest of the family.
We headed back to camp and decided to check out their beach (just a short trail-walk away) for sunset. This is the view in one direction. It was high tide.