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Grayland beach: March 31st, 2013

We just returned from the best weather of any Easter weekend that I can recall. Saturday’s temps were in the mid 60s, sunny and clear. Sunday was also in the 60s but there was a marine layer of fog and it was hazy as a result but still nice pleasant weather with that coastal breeze.

The previous night it was tough on everyone getting accommodated to the new surroundings and sleeping so we were all pretty tired and managed to sleep better on the second night. We did have a snafu on Saturday afternoon while trying to leave the beach. I had driven north to explore the beach but with the incoming tide the area of sand and ‘road’ was running out so I decided to turn around and exit out the road we came in. I took a wrong line in the sand and as a result the van barreled down in the sand and we were stuck. I knew the instant I entered the soft sun warmed sand that I made the mistake. Fortunately, not long after a guy in his F250 power stroke drove by and I asked him for help. Luckily he had a tow rope and we managed to pull out with little effort. He was USCG and had Alaska Plates, prob was stationed out of Westport. I thanked him but he didn’t want any money to help with the tow. Glad to know there are nice people that are willing to help. Next time is feel now comfortable with taking my 4×4 Tacoma when venturing back to the beach.

We stayed at Twin Harbors state park on the west side of 105 in the tent campground. The shower rooms were nicely sized bit we didn’t use them since the token machine was broken. There was only 1 restroom there and was relatively clean. The little trailer did well camping without any hookups and having a generator provided us with enough electricity to use the toaster oven to make heat up pizza and breakfast sandwiches, even bake cookies.

Since the fog layer was thick it was tough to see the location of the marker I used to park the day prior, but found a spot a bit further down that was closer to the wind generators that looked clammy. We got there around 7:30 after leaving the park to make a dump station stop and filling up with a little
more water to provide us with enough to shower the kids and clean off the gear.

After a big breakfast we pushed off around 8:45, plenty of time as the low tide was 10:15 am. However the clam ‘shows’ weren’t as visible from the day prior. There definitely were more folks on the beach as Sundays dig was only limited to Twin Harbors beach. Many of the early diggers got their limits quickly but we struggled a bit more having to pound the ground to look for the shows. We did get some larger clams and closer to the surf line.

The boys were getting cold and irritable so we called it a day and headed back to clean up and get on the road. Time does fly when you’re having fun! Was nice to test out the outdoor shower with Luca and I know he enjoyed being clean for the ride home where both boys slept nearly the whole drive back which took closer to 3 hours due to traffic in Tacoma and also through the 405 into Bellevue.

We wrapped up the weekend with a nice family dinner at my sisters house and watched the glorious sunset as we smiled and look forward to our next adventure with our Casita.

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