We arrived Friday in the midst of a wind storm. Some vehicles were damaged by falling tree limbs. Park rangers filled out accident report forms for insurance claims.
It is a beautiful location. We loved being there. Since Americans don't get a holiday for Easter, most of the license plates were from BC. Site 112 has a nice view, unless site 111 gets filled by a particularly big rig. I'll post a picture this evening.
For unserviced sites, the pull-through 115 is very nice, but not level. Back-in 117 has the best view in the park - visible through your rear window. If those two are not available, 118 and 120 are very desireable.
Generally, the unserviced sites have better views. It seems that you don't get a sewer outlet in the serviced sites, but you get water and power.
I could not get a campfire going very well, and noticed a lot of fires in the campground were very smoky. I attribute part of this to my lack of skill and part of it to the steel fire-pit rings. Their walls are too high to allow air flow. I saw one couple who had used rocks to lift their ring several inches, and they had a good, low-smoke fire going.
There is a two-lane sewer dump that is free with camping, and $5 otherwise.
Monday morning came, and starting at 8:00, some EA-18G Growlers from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station started running laps. These are like F-18 Hornet fighter jets on steroids and equipped for electronic warfare. Now, I am ex-navy and love military aviation, but this was not my idea of a relaxing morning. For the 2.5 hours it took us to wake up, eat, pack, hitch and dump, the noise never stopped. There were times when you could not hear yourself shout, although mostly it was like standing half a block from a busy highway.
I gather weekends are usually quiet, but weekdays can be noisy. My advice is that you keep your tow vehicle ready for excursions. Anacortes is a very scenic town, as is Langley. I hear that Coupeville is nice. Oak Harbor is nice if you like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Jack-In-The-Box, etc. It is just a seviceable, practical small city, but with zero holiday appeal.
There are five off-leash parks on Whidbey Island, of which two are near Deception Pass. One of the five is an off-leash beach on the southern part of the island, but the weather wasn't good enough for driving that far for a beach walk. See the FETCH! web site
. Anacortes also has a dog park.
You can dump your tanks for free right at the Anacortes waste water plant on the south side of 4th St between R Ave and T Ave.
All-in-all, a fine weekend. We will be going back.