After a few days at home on Don's vacation, we headed for the cabins. We had reserved two different ones - because we planned our vacation so late there weren't many options. This was our first cabin rental.
One of our favorite places is Bay View State Park, on Padilla Bay, in Skagit County - we drive there often, it is only about an hour from home. They have small camping cottages, as well as camping spaces and RV hook ups, and we thought it would be fun to try one of the cabins out. They are primitive - but two of them do have bathrooms, one even has a shower - but that one was already rented. We brought along sandwiches for our dinner and blueberry muffins and fruit for breakfast the next morning, as there is no cooking in the cabins.
Our view from the deck of the cabin
We were in a wonderful grove of very tall trees
The deck has a porch swing
And baskets of pansies on each end of the deck
Some kids were down on the beach flying kites - it was quite a windy day
The bay is very shallow and when the tide is coming in or going out there are flocks of herons out in the bay in the shallows
Looking for a feast in the waters. These herons were over half way across a very wide bay - this is with 140X zoom - as close as I could get them. I'd never seen so many herons at one time in a bay
This little White Crowned Sparrow serenaded us the entire time we were there.
A Red Tailed Hawk - waiting for lunch
Crow families sat on the wires
One flew away - and as I was taking the shot of the lone crow - another flew by - lucky shot!
From the deck we could see a speed boat out in the bay pulling a rubber raft with kids in it. They were having a wonderful time and spent the entire afternoon out there. We could hear them shouting and laughing, even from far away
Back and forth they went
End of the ride
Time for a dip in the bay for the kids on the raft
And maybe a splash from this slide on a raft in the bay. Even when the tide is fully in the water under this raft is only about two feet deep - no diving please!
Sailboats moved up and down the bay, the wind was perfect for sailing
Sunset from the deck.
Time for bed - it was a wonderful day!!