We woke up to the view of the sun sparkling on Baker Lake. Anytime I wonder why we traded our regular life for what my daughter, Rachel, refers to as our “vagabond lifestyle”, all it takes is a view like that to remind me! It was time to keep moving toward our next planned stop at Olympic National Park. As much as I enjoy sleeping in the tent, for just a one night stop, sleeping in the jeep helps us get packed up and back on the road quickly.
Our goal for the day was to get close to where we could catch a ferry to the Olympic Penninsula the next day but other than that we had no specific plans. We drove through Anacortes, Washington which had some beautiful water views. We stopped to take some pictures and use the restroom at the ferry office. I will redonate it at the next book exchange we come across. I was excited to see that they had a selection of books available for visitors to take for free. I never turn down a free book. We considered camping at the lovely city park there but the price was a little higher than we wanted to pay. We enjoyed driving through it though.
We came upon Deception Pass State Park in nearby Oak Harbor and decided to make that our home for the night. Tent sites were $25 a night which included a good sized site, picnic table, and fire ring. The campground also has restrooms with flush toilets and running water as well as token-operated showers. We met our campground host while we were doing some exploring. I enjoyed playing with her very friendly dog while Francis got some information about taking the ferry the next day. She also told us where to get tokens for the showers. The not quite so friendly woman at the entrance center had failed to mention that!
The evening was turning cool so we heated up some soup for dinner before setting off on a hike to get our tokens and see the sunset over the water.
By the time we made it back to camp, night had fallen and the air was damp and chilly. It would have been the perfect night for a campfire but there was a burn ban in place so we opted to jump into the jeep and call it a day.