Westport Light, Westhaven, Grayland, and Twin Harbors
May 27, 2015 by Megan
If yesterday was a disappointment for weather conditions, then Day 13 more than made up for it. With the sun breaking through early, we were not only able to reshoot content from the night before, but we captured a total of four locations bringing us to 32 of our 58 parks! Let’s compare this weather:
Last night at the Westport Lighthouse…
Today, looking out over the beach at Westport Light State Park…
I mean, we are in Gray Harbor County (key word being Gray). So you can imagine how grateful I am that we caught a break in the weather to show off their beaches in this early part of the season! First up were Westhaven State Park and neighboring Westport Light State Park. Surfers toyed with the late-crashing waves and dog walkers made use of the winding paved trail just inland that connected the two parks.
By far, these were the simplest parks we’ve yet shot. A parking lot. Limited facilities. A beach. Even at Westport Light State Park, the lighthouse wasn’t even on park property… we shot it anyways of course, but not having any crazy hikes or spread out facilities made these quick to complete.
Twin Harbors Beach State Park was a bit more involved, with camping on both sides of the main road, including yurts and cabins. I stumbled onto this sign quoting Aldo Leopold while trying to locate the trail to the beach, which seemed a simple enough quest until getting attacked by mosquitoes in the creepiest and most dense grove of trees I’ve ever encountered. Finding the beach on the other end was great, but I literally ran back to the Winnie Warrior to minimize my time on that trail. Gave me the creeps!
Lastly, Grayland Beach State Park was the real treat of the day! This was a beach you could drive on, though we elected not to push our luck, and parked Winnie on solid ground before walking in. The tire marks and traffic markers brought a bit of a desolate Mad Max flavor to this beach, and the crows didn’t help matters.
What did help was the extremely compacted sand and reflective surface it created as we got closer to the water.
As the blue sky claimed more territory, the effect became more beautiful and otherworldly. Truly breathtaking! And fun for a family photo or two…
Driving up to Jarrell Cove to spend the night, it felt like home to be back in the RV after two nights in a motel. Dane seems like he is getting mighty comfortable with this lifestyle. As for me, beach day helped.