Island Walks for Short Dark Days

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Cama Beach State Park on a late November day

These late November days are the darkest and rainiest of the year. On average, December and January are slightly colder (and of course days keep getting shorter until December 21st), but as far as cloud cover and rain, THIS IS IT.

When the days are short and views are seldom, it’s a great time to take in some solitude on an island beach or forest walk, of which there are many around the Salish Sea!

Today, we’ll look at a couple of extra easy places, within a couple hours of Seattle, not even involving a ferry! Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island (just north and west of Everett, between Whidbey Island and the mainland), boasts hiking trails to the beach as well as through the forest to a lovely Beaver pond, optimistically called Cranberry Lake

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Cranberry Lake, a beaver pond in Cama Beach State Park

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Forest trail in Cama Beach State Park

Last November, we talked about another gem, Ebey’s landing, where you can enjoy a delightful 3 mile loop over a bluff and back along a beach, with a nice view of Admiralty inlet (and even of the Olympic Mountains and the San Juan Islands in clearer weather). To get to Ebey’s from Seattle, the shortest way is to take the short Mukilteo Ferry, but you can drive through Burlington if you want to avoid the ferry.

Another option on the north end of Whidbey Island is Deception Pass State park, with lots of hiking trails and beach access (and an interesting bridge to check out, with impressive currents to watch during changing tides).

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November hiking in Deception Pass State Park

 

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Jennie Thwing Flaming, Chief Adventure Officer: Jennie's life has been a continual quest for adventure (of the non-adrenalin inducing kind) from birth till now. Professionally, she pursues adventures in teaching, counseling and working to obliterate institutional racism for students in our region's public schools and also works as a tour and hiking guide. Previous professional adventures include working in schools in Seattle and Alaska, leading tours and managing tour guides and traveling science shows and lessons with Pacific Science Center. She is working to earn a living outside and by sharing her beautiful and unique Pacific Northwest home with visitors. She likes to be outdoors and spend time with the people she loves. Jennie is born and raised in Seattle and has also lived in Alaska and the Netherlands.