We spent the weekend camping with Kendra's preschool class in beautiful Scenic Beach State Park. There were 10 families - roughly 20 kids - in a primitive group camp setting. (And yes, we took Darian along. He did great!) It was amazing! Lots of room for everyone to spread out, and yet we were separated from the rest of the campground so we had the whole area to ourselves. The kids could run free range between tents, ride bikes, play games and still be safe. Down a short path there was a playground, a day use area and access to the beach with spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains.
The beach was mostly rock, so there was a ton of sea life to study. At low tide we saw starfish, oysters, clams, baby eels, crabs, various fish, and seaweed. At high tide the water was crystal clear, blue and inviting. There were even divers going out. The water was chilly, but not so cold that people weren't swimming in it. The hot day probably helped too.
We planned on a group dinner Saturday night, so everyone brought an assigned ingredient to make paella. One of the dad's cooked it up over an open fire, and it was DELICIOUS!! We finished it up with Dan's Dutch oven peach cobbler, and Jean's "kick it" lemonade ice cream (made in one of those ice cream balls you kick around.)
After a sunset walk (or swim in a couple of the kids cases) the little ones went to bed and the adults sat around the fire chatting until the wee hours of the morning. It was pure heaven.
Sunday we had a great breakfast and cleaned up the camp before heading to the beach for one last time. It was drizzle raining and much cooler, so there was no swimming this time. We caught the ferry home, and all hopped in the shower to de-grime ourselves. It was an early night for everyone, but we are ready for another go-round!