Migrating my adventure blog here to this website. Originally posted on August 26, 2019
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon not too long ago, we took a drive out to Frye Cove County Park. While the park itself was pretty and had a nice picnic area, the shore was a bit muddy and not very interesting on this day. We did end up relaxing in the afternoon sun on a nice grassy hill, while our pant legs dried off a bit from the muddy walk along the shore.
Afterwards, we decided to continue on up the road (Hwy 3) past the town of Shelton, out onto the Kitsap Peninsula to Harstine Island State Park. The somewhat downhill trail to the shore was very pretty, and empty of people. Once we arrived at the shore, there was only about 3-4 other folks exploring the beach. After about 15 minutes, those few people had left the beach, and we had it all to ourselves, nice.
The first thing we noticed was the massive amount of sand dollars all over the beach. I tried out a few macro shots with my Lumix. I think they turned out pretty good, the sand dollars have such interesting designs on them! Also, while walking along the beach, we noticed some action out on the water. Some pretty big splashing going on, most likely a whale or two, pretty exciting to see!
Unlike Frye Cove, this beach didn’t have any muddy areas. The entire shore was more along the lines of Tolmie State Park, all rocks and driftwood. The wood formations are always interesting and have a lot of life attached and growing on them. I grabbed a few photos of some of the wood pieces, the scattered clouds here and there made for a nice background.
Before heading back up the trail to the parking lot, I took one more shot of some wavy textures in a piece of driftwood (below) that also had a tiny amount of moss growing on it. The trail back to the car park, although uphill, was well maintained, pretty and easy to navigate. We saw a couple of little critters, and saw only one other person, a local resident out for a walk obviously, who passed us quickly and left us to our slow wander back to the car.
We both agreed that this was a park we will be returning to once the season changes and the rainy weather comes in the fall.
All photos made with a Panasonic Lumix LX5