Our last camping trip of the year was at Sequim Bay State Park, only an hour or so away from our house. It was nice to end the camping season with a nearby location.
I have mixed feelings about the campground. There were some perks: the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) runs right through the campground, the campground sits right on the bay, and the location was close to other interesting sites like the Dungeness Spit. Downsides: the campground was right off of a busy highway, the water/beach was not inviting for swimming, the campsites were on the small side, and the campground felt more urban than escaping. I am not entirely sure I would make a point of going back regularly.
However, I chose Sequim Bay specifically for its proximity to the ODT. I wanted to go on a family bike ride, and I really like the ODT. The section near the campground is almost exclusively a separate paved trail, which is perfect for family bike riding. This year, Finn rode his own bike and Enna graduated to the trail-a-bike. I had a destination in mind: The Railroad Bridge Park which has a river and some fun bridges. From a map I had consulted pre-trip, this park seemed about 5 miles from our campground. This would make a perfect 10 mile ride for us. I have no idea which faulty map I looked at, because in actuality, the park is a 8 mile ride from the campground. A fact that didn't register until we had biked there. Instead of a 10 mile ride, we rode 16 instead. Although it was significantly longer than our normal ride, I am glad we did it because Finn was so proud of his achievement of riding 16 miles! The furthest he had gone previously on his own bike was 6 miles. Afterwards, he still wanted to ride around the campground. The only discomfort he felt was on his poor bum. I need to find bike shorts for that kid.
As a side note for the bike pictures, I took my old compact point and shoot camera for those times when I wanted to document events, but didn't want to lug the large and heavy DSLR around. This was a nice compromise since I wanted better pictures than I could achieve with my phone's camera.
Other adventures included taking a small hike in one of the wilderness areas.
Checking out the beach at the campground.
Playing horseshoes for the first time.
Hiking down to Dungeness Spit and playing with the waves Washington style. (Which does not include actually going into the frigid cold water.)
It was a great way to end the summer. I am so glad we made it out three times this summer. I plan on doing the same next summer, too.
I have been trying to help myself more by doubling a recipe and freezing the extras so that I have easy options on busy days or for camping trips. This particular trip I took advantage of those extra foods in the freezer and planned meals around what I had. This included the frozen black beans and sloppy joe meat. I also had previously doubled a hamburger bun recipe which meant I also had extra buns which were ready and frozen. I do this also for the cookies/bars that we take camping, power balls which we eat as snacks, and the graham crackers for s'mores.
Lunch: Chicken salad, vegetables with hummus, grapes/apples
Dinner: Black beans and rice (frozen), cauliflower, s'mores
Breakfast: Breakfast sandwiches, hot cocoa, kefir
Lunch: Hot dogs, chips, fruit, vegetables, hummus
Dinner: Sloppy joes (frozen), broccoli, s'mores
Breakfast: pancakes and bacon, hot cocoa, kefir
More photos of our camping trip can be found here.