2014 Trip Journal travel blog

Entrance to Grayland Beach SP

Our sites-- #42 on left, #41 on right. Both had water and...

Clammers were on the beach waiting for the 10 PM low-tide.



Barnicles on the whale.

Grayland Comnmunity Building, site of the Cranberry Festival.

Chuck walking on trail to the beach.

Whale from afar.

A couple sitting on bench, looking at the beach.

Sand art Photo by Mary Anne.

Chuck and Jean with their Minnie Winnie.

October 10-12, 2014

During the week prior to camping at Grayland Beach SP, weather.com was forecasting 50% - 70% chance of rain throughout the week-end. Seattle television stations were predicting lots of rain, too.

It’s about seventy-five miles from home to the Westport area. Grayland is a few miles south of Westport. By the time we backed into our site, friends Chuck and Jean had already set-up their Minnie Winnie. After we had our rig set-up, we took Nick for a walk to the beach and met Chuck and Jean. They had been out on the beach and told us about a dead gray-whale. Of course we had to go see it, too. It was just above the tide-line.

That evening we had an enjoyable time around the campfire. When the rain finally started, we abandoned the fire to the elements. It was quite foggy the next morning. We had a couple of brief showers.

Chuck took an after breakfast walk to the beach. He came back and told us that a group from NOAA was doing a necropsy on the juvenile gray whale. Later in the day I asked a park ranger what was to become of the whale. He said NOAA might tow it to sea, or it might just be left on the beach. He said he really didn’t know what its disposition would be.

We were in Grayland on the week-end of its annual Cranberry Festival. It was happening in the community hall, about a half-mile walk from the campground. By the time we got there, the rain had stopped, the skies had cleared, and we had blue skies the rest of the day!

This was the second time we went to the Cranberry Festival. Last year we just happened to be camping in Grayland and found out the community was having a festival and we just happened to be there that same week-end. So we had an enjoyable re-visit to the festival with the same vendors and musicians as previously.

Throughout the day, weather.com’s forecast changed by the hour as the predicted rain skirted around us for the rest of the week-end.

That night we took our folding camp-chairs and set them up alongside the highway. We were there to see the Cranberry festival's Parade of Lights. A few minutes before 8 PM the sheriff's deputies blocked the highway of through traffic. By that time lots of kids and their parents had their own parade happeninig. Bikes, for instance, were gaily decorated with strings of LED lights. Many people waved LED light wands. It was festive. Then the parade started.

During the ten-minute long parade we saw a "Miss Cranberry Festival" float, plenty of fire-trucks and ambulances, as well as pick-up trucks decorated with strings of LED cable-lights. Candy was thrown to kids from the parade vehicles (and their parents) along the parade route. What a hoot it was!

Before leaving Sunday morning, we took a short walk on the beach. The whale remains were still there, complete with lots of interested sea-gulls.

We had an enjoyable time camping with Chuck and Jean. We’ve camped with them several times over the last couple of years—at Millersylvania SP, Deception Pass SP and Schafer SP.

This week-end was their “swan song” camping trip with the Minnie Winnie. They’d had their mini-motorhome for several years and recently decided it was time to turn the keys over to someone else. We look forward to meeting-up with them at future camping Happy Hours.

Here's a nine minute video of the Firefly Parade. It was taken in the dark, so the video features the lights that outlined the vehicles in the parade. Enjoy.

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