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Northwesty Trip 2015 :: Part 2

October 16, 2015

There was something really comforting about revisiting the path from our previous trip, but once we got to the point where our path would diverge, we were ready to strike out into the unknown! The Islands!

Day 9: After packing up camp we drove to Port Townsend and took the ferry…

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…to Whidbey Island where we explored Fort Casey. The kids had an awesome time running all over the fort, scampering up ladders, running down the embankments, and scaring the daylights out of the parents.

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After saying goodbye to our friends we headed to the Bowman Bay campground at Deception Pass State Park.

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Sam took the boys out for a paddle while the dogs ate decomposing seaweed at the beach.

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Lesson Learned: Don’t let your dogs eat decomposing seaweed.

Day 10: Packed up camp, went to the vet (not related to the seaweed, Dos had an ear infection), bought groceries, saw a bald eagle flying around, just an normal day on Whidbey Island!

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And then on to the ferry through the San Juan Islands to Orcas Island where we camped at Moran State Park.

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Lesson Learned: Try not to camp next to the group of 20 twenty year olds playing drinking games unless you want to hear all their secrets. “OMG! You did what? With who?”

Day 11: Drove to the top of Mt. Constitution to see some amazing views of the San Juan Islands…

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….before hiking around Cascade Lake, jumping off rocks, and trees, and bridges. Oliver is a natural…

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…he takes after Sam.

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We spent the afternoon swimming and paddleboarding at the lake. A perfect way to end a hot day.

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Lesson Learned: Camping next to one person who drives a Prius, makes for a much calmer evening.

Day 12: Today was a travel day. We caught the ferry back to Anacortes and then a second ferry to Vancouver Island. The dogs were a bit freaked out and spent the whole ride on our laps.

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We camped at Goldstream Provincial Park, one of the best campsites we’ve been to. The place was beautiful, very clean, with a great playground, and a series of bike courses for kids. The kids had a blast! We are in Canada!!

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Lesson Learned: Canada, you are seriously beautiful and your people are incredibly nice! Even the customs officials who confiscated our firewood where really nice and gave us suggestions about places to visit.

Day 13: After a few more loops on the bike course, we headed out to visit more of the park, ate a delicious lunch, and then we were on our way to Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park for a wade in the river and a walk along the falls.

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Lesson Learned: The kids now expect every campground in Canada to have a bike course!

Day 14: Drove to the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and the beautiful beachside towns of Ucluelet and Tofino where we went for a walk around the lighthouse…

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…and then for a romp on the beach. Oliver found some cool creatures in the tide pools and Henry dug up a storm.

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We ate in town and then headed back to our campsite where we discovered that the gate would be locked in the morning and that we wouldn’t be able to leave on time to catch our ferry. Luckily we were able to pack up camp and park in the overflow area.

Lesson Learned: Always check what time the campground is closed before making your ferry reservations.

Next we travel to mainland BC…

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