The campground at Washington Park in Anacortes looked like a great place to set up for three nights so we could explore a bit of the north Puget Sound area and indeed we took a trip south to Deception Pass, ran a couple of errands in downtown Anacortes, enjoyed lunch one day at Toby’s Tavern on the historic Coupeville waterfront before walking the beach at Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve. But we also discovered the delights of Washington Park. It’s a lovely haven wooded with cedars and firs and seemed perfect for just hanging out and enjoying being at home in our T@B 400. We walked the Loop Road with its amazing views of Puget Sound and grand old trees. Although we watched for the sunset from a couple of vantage points in the park, we saw mostly overcast skies but that had a misty beauty of its own. One day we never even left the park! We got a nice taste of Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands and some nice downtime. To say this place is peaceful is only partly true. First there is the noise from the Navy Growler aircraft training flights and this weekend we were treated to the rumble of motorcycles arriving for Sunday’s Oyster Run. That said, it’s been a great stay and we’re already talking plans to return.

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