Saturday, May 23, 2015

Travel Diary | Washington State Outdoors- Easy Weekend Trip

During the long weekend, my boyfriend and I went camping in the states. I wanted to share some of the activities we did and hopefully give you ideas for the trip. This was done over one and a half days so it's totally doable during a normal weekend as well! None of the companies listed are sponsored, I'm merely letting you know what I found enjoyable :)

1) Camping in a Cabin

In Washington State, the choices of camping are more diverse than in BC. You can choose to camp in a tent, cabin, yurt, or a platform. Bookings are made through the Washington State Parks site.
We chose to stay at Bay View State Park as it was only about an hour drive from the border. The campsite itself was pretty small and I would probably recommend another campsite.

However, we loved our Cabin! There was a double bed as well as a bunk bed inside so you can fit four people. It's heated, and there's electricity. I also loved the porch and the fire pit that we had outside! I'd definitely recommend it if you don't want to set up a tent or if it's a bit too cold for tent camping.

Cost: $65 + $10 reservation fee USD
Drive: Drive about 50 mins down I-5 and it's approx 15 mins to the west of Burlington
Book Online: Washington State Parks

2) Anacortes Sea Kayak Tours
For our outdoorsy activity, we did a 1.5 hour tour from Deception Pass with Anacortes Sea Kayak. We unfortunately didn't bring our camera/phones alongg. It was an easy kayak trip but it definitely wasn't boring. We even saw seals! Also, I would have never gone out that far into the water if I wasn't guided, so I think it was definitely worth it.

Cost: $39 USD
Drive: Take Hwy-20 west towards Anacortes and follow the signs to go to Deception State Park --> Bowman Bay

3) Taylor Shellfish Farm

I absolutely LOVE oysters, so one of my goals during the weekend was to find fresh oysters from a local farm! What we found was even better as we learned to shuck our own oysters! We got some Pacific Oysters as well as some smaller oysters called Shigoku.

I was just researching online on the Shigoku and apparently it's an innovation of Taylor Shellfish Farm. They described it as having firm flesh and a deep cup which I definitely found true. They were super delicious and I think both of us preferred these smaller ones to the Pacific Oysters.

You have to drive down a slope and you'll end up at their retail store. They have park benches and BBQs set up so you can eat their oysters right by the water!

Cost: $.85 each for Pacific Oysters, and $15 for a dozen of Shigoku
Drive: Drive along Chuckanut Dr and it was approximately 20 mins away from Bay View State Park.

Overall we had a lot of fun being in the outdoors! I think we had some unique experiences without spending too much which is always a plus. Where do you like to go from Vancouver for weekend trips? And if you are from elsewhere, would love to hear your weekend trip ideas too.

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