When much of the country gets too little rain, somebody has to get the extra. Here it is.
North of the Hood Canal Bridge (just visible in the distance) sits Shine Tidelands State Park. Directly north of that is Bywater Bay State Park. There is no land between them, so I don’t know why they are separate parks. Who understands bureaucracy?
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Needing to cross a draw bridge to leave the Peninsula sometimes has its drawbacks. I’ve seen a line of waiting vehicles nearly five miles long.
It’s interesting how restricting focus can reveal shapes and patterns that we would not normally notice. This is a section of the surface of the Hood Canal Bridge. Construction forced a stop on the bridge.
It doesn’t happen all that often, but occasionally we have to wait for the Hood Canal Bridge to open for marine traffic. It’s one of the downsides of living on an isolated peninsula. I was lucky to be stopped on the bridge. The farther back you have to wait, the longer it takes for the flow of traffic to get going. In the summer, I’ve been stopped as far back as two miles from the bridge.
Bywater Bay State Park is just north of the Hood Canal Bridge and adjacent to the Shine Tidelands State Park. Don’t ask why we need two contiguous parks. They’re there. This lagoon fills up at high tide and empties as the water goes out. The stream cuts the sand bar that would otherwise connect the island of Hood’s Head to the Peninsula. You can usually see a heron or two here and occasionally, an osprey.
With the Hood Canal Bridge down, Puget Sound Express offered a two-for-one deal on tickets to Friday Harbor in the San Juans and whale watching.
We did see some Orcas on the way back but didn’t get close enough for a decent shot. It’s great to get out of town and play tourist some times.