Looming Loomis

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…

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…and amazing birds, like this seagull wrestling with its lunch:

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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):

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Next time we come out here, we’re bringing chairs so we can spend more time.

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About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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5 Responses to Looming Loomis

  1. We’ve only been to Long Beach, Washington once and we loved it. Cape Disappointment State Park was our home base and we also made several trips into Long Beach and beyond. Nice photo of the Eagle!

  2. I’ve never been to Washington but have alway wanted to visit. Beautiful country there from photos and travel guides I’ve seen. Was that a crab the gull was eating? A dungeness crab, maybe? YUM! Had those when Karen and I visited her family in northern CA a few years back. Beautiful Bald Eagle. Did you know Ben Franklin pressed hard for the turkey to be the National Bird? Not a bad choice; the gobblers are beautiful when they’re in full “strut” and displaying for their harem. And they taste good, too (much better than the sometimes carrion-eating eagle, or so I would assume)!
    As always, stay safe and HAPPY TRAILS!
    –Mike

  3. Ingrid says:

    I have a post going out tomorrow with a similar theme – returning to the same places. You are so right, there’s always more to see and when you can photograph those magnificent birds, I’d return also. Only 50 photos? 😆

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