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Old 02-11-2015, 10:24 PM   #1
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Bayview or Deception Pass State Park

We are only 4 +- weeks away from escaping the frozen north for a few weeks.
Not much time left to plan but we want to work our way down 101 to California and then back to Vancouver Island.
For our first stop in Washington (probably for a few days) which park would be better Bayview or Deception Pass.
Please note we will be traveling with dogs ( i noticed some trails and beaches do not allow dogs)
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Dont forget Birch Bay; Tammy suggested it and it was very nice. Like Bay View as well, however not as many choices of campsites.
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Better's tough , pretty subjective. Both are more than adequate and I've stayed at both. Deception Pass is worth seeing and there's several different places and driving down Whidbey Island and catching the ferry at the South end is worthwhile too.

Lots' of choices, all good. And don't forget there's a Camping World at Burlington, right where you turn off for either area, for all the little things that you remember that you forgot.

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Dont forget Birch Bay; Tammy suggested it and it was very nice. Like Bay View as well, however not as many choices of campsites.
It does not look like it has power or water so maybe that will go on our return trip list.
For the first few nights i want to flush out the funny taste from the antifreeze
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We picked Bay View on a whim for our first night with our 19. Looks like its going to be a good choice.
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We picked Bay View on a whim for our first night with our 19. Looks like its going to be a good choice.
If you have time it would be worthwhile driving over the Deception Pass bridge etc., down Whidbey Island and catching the ferry back to the mainland above Seattle. Unlike our BC Ferries, Washington State Ferries are inexpensive.

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If you are willing to come on Whidbey Island there are several parks to choose from. Already mentioned are Bay View and Deception Pass state parks. Deception Pass is very beautiful. The City of Anacortes runs Washington rv park out past where the BC ferry loads. The City of Oak Harbor has a Staysail RV park at the south end of town. A little further south is Fort Casey state park. All of these have their strong points. In Anacortes' Washington Park you can drive back to town if you need something. In Oak Harbor, most things are within walking distance (Safeway, Walmart, laundrymat) but you are very close to the shoreline. Fort Casey is very unusual due to the old concrete artillery batteries. Fort Casey is also right next to the ferry dock to go over to Port Townsend. For the ferry you can walk-on or take a bicycle as a walk-on and wander Port Townsend for an afternoon. Forgot there is also Fort Ebey state park. Just lots of camping choices.
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If you are willing to come on Whidbey Island there are several parks to choose from. Already mentioned are Bay View and Deception Pass state parks. Deception Pass is very beautiful. The City of Anacortes runs Washington rv park out past where the BC ferry loads. The City of Oak Harbor has a Staysail RV park at the south end of town. A little further south is Fort Casey state park. All of these have their strong points. In Anacortes' Washington Park you can drive back to town if you need something. In Oak Harbor, most things are within walking distance (Safeway, Walmart, laundrymat) but you are very close to the shoreline. Fort Casey is very unusual due to the old concrete artillery batteries. Fort Casey is also right next to the ferry dock to go over to Port Townsend. For the ferry you can walk-on or take a bicycle as a walk-on and wander Port Townsend for an afternoon. Forgot there is also Fort Ebey state park. Just lots of camping choices.
We may have to alter our plan to head southeast after our first night. Another night or two in the Puget Sound area sounds great. Some of it will be based on weather -- we admit freely that we aren't fans of the cold and wet.
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We didn't care where we were the first night as long as it was close to the factory (just in case). So we stayed at The Cedars Ferndale RV Campground - Ferndale Camping - Holiday Trails RV Resorts
Close to everything including the freeway. They have a small store, nice folks. Got the trailer packed with everything we had brought. Then we moved on to have fun. Drove across Deception Pass - spectacular, don't miss it. Took the ferry to Port Townsend and camped at Ft Worden. As others have mentioned there are a lot of choices in the area. If you take the Coupeville Ferry you can make reservations (Washington State Ferrys) and if you have time while you are waiting in line, there's a great little cafe (Keystone) with wonderful Fish and Chips. Here's a pic on the ferry. The drive down 101 from there is beautiful and connects back up with I5 by Olympia.
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Some of it will be based on weather -- we admit freely that we aren't fans of the cold and wet.
I think we get a bad rap weather wise. Been doing yard work without a jacket, flowers popping up, fish in the pond out of hibernation and feeding like crazy. OK, we do get a little rain sometimes but that's why everything is beautiful and green.

Honest, it's not quite at the Arctic Circle

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