Today we logged about 8 miles, from Nahalem Bay State Park to Barview Jetty County Campground just south of Rockaway. We spent a decent night in the very crowded hiker/biker field at the State Park. There were some slightly more private spots tucked into the woods, so we were mostly away from the crowd. We both slept hard. After some very weak coffee and public showers we headed down to the boat dock in the hopes of catching a ride across the Bay (and avoiding a very long walk around.)
The first boat we see is delighted to ferry us, we just have to wait about half an hour for the husband and son to fetch more gas. A lovely break sitting on the dock, writing in the journal and chatting with the mother and daughter. (In typical mother-fashion, she offers us pb&j sandwiches and water bottles.) Unfortunately, once back, the pilot is unable to start the engine and after a while we need to hit up another boat.
A cute little family takes us aboard and we are off down the bay, our first hitching attempt is successful!
They drop us at Jetty Fishery (who are a little annoyed, as they charge hikers $10 each for a ride) where we snap a fun “souvenir” photo.
Now we get to walk along the south jetty until we hit the beach.
The beach is a little bit littered with driftwood…
There’s some scrambling to be done.
Then just smooth beach for miles and miles. Once we hit Rockaway, we head into town to find lunch. Our targeted stop is closed, so the bar next door suffices. The food is decent, but the service is wonderful, and we get to watch an episode of Cheers and zone out for a bit. Back on the beach we head for Barview Jetty County Campground and are simply beat when we arrive. It’s a huge campground and entering from the beach means we have to walk almost another mile to the check in booth.
Their hiker/biker sites are private though, and really nice. We set up and just lay there for a bit, trying to recover. Then we gather enough driftwood for a nice fire and cook up some sweet and sour chicken (from a packet) for a late supper. After checking the weather report we decide to wash socks and undies and hang them to dry overnight. Sleep comes easily.