Bridge Closure

Waiting for the Hood Canal Bridge to open
Waiting for the Hood Canal Bridge to open

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

Bywater Bay Lagoon
Bywater Bay Lagoon

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.

Friday Harbor Antiques

These old glass pieces sat in an antique store window in Friday Harbor
These old glass pieces sat in an antique store window in Friday Harbor

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.