If you’re wondering why in the world, with the entire continent to roam, we’d choose to return to some of the same places time and time again (I used to wonder the same thing), here’s your answer: there’s always something new to explore.
In all of our visits to Long Beach, Washington, we still had new territory to explore, and we hit a few of those this past August. Our first trip or two out here, we could roam the state parks at will. Sometime since then, when we weren’t looking, Washington state introduced the Discover Pass. I’d resisted the fee but this year gave in and we paid the $30 or so annual fee.
We hung the Discover tag on our rearview mirror and started with Loomis State Park. Empty the day we visited, its long stretch of empty beach meant we were rewarded with the relaxing sound of the surf…
…and amazing birds, like this seagull wrestling with its lunch:
But when they show up, they always seem to be the star of the show, like this Bald-Headed Eagle (I’ll save you the slide show of the fifty or so photos I took and just show you this one):
Next time we come out here, we’re bringing chairs so we can spend more time.