When we're at Camano Island State Park, we look toward Whidbey Island--it's there in the distance. It looks close but it takes nearly two hours to drive there. People here on the island vehemently oppose any suggestion of a bridge. Lots of driftwood washes up on island beaches during the winter.
In addition to Camano Island State Park, we have Cama Beach State Park and numerous county parks. During the summer tourist season, the population grows by as much as 3,000. With a few exceptions, Washington beaches are accessible to the public from the line of mean high tide so there are very few beaches here on the island--or anywhere in Washington, for that matter--that are not open to the public.
Some cool stuff about the island--we have a heron rookery on the north end of the island. It means we see at least one heron when we travel within about 25 miles of the island. There are many trails on the island. This is my favorite--it's at the state park. It's on top of a bluff overlooking Saratoga Passage & Whidbey Island. It's not unusual to see Bald Eagles as we walk on this trail--they have a nest in one of the trees. At one point in the trail, you can look down & see the boat launch. The fishing is great in Saratoga Passage. Jim fishes for salmon from shore! People also catch thousands of Dungeness crab during the season.
But I'm getting distracted--this is about the end of the road. There are 11 homes in our little neighborhood. Our next-door neighbor, Dave, is Jim's ex-father-in-law. They get along very well and are great friends. Jim's ex-wife has moved back to her Dad's two or three times--that's an exercise in acceptance for me! A sense of humor comes in handy too. Once she moved a 40-foot motorhome onto her Dad's property & lived there about a year! I'm so thankful Jim planted trees along the property line many years ago.
Our lot is quite wooded & we have a nice trail where Jim, Ari & Slim take walks. In the spring, our crop of 'old growth' nettles pop up. We could harvest the stuff & pay our property taxes for a year! Nettle tea, anyone?
C'mon, Dad! Let's go!
We have Douglas fir to the south & north of us & we have a lot of Nootka rose (a native to the Northwest--it makes the best rose jelly!!).