Our sincere thanks to Stacy and Brandon, avid outdoors enthusiasts and bloggers, for sharing their impromptu camping adventure at Pacific Beach State Park! Want to read the full version of this blog and more of their trips and get inspiration? Visit their blog Pacific Northwest Wanderers and find them on Twitter! Have you found a favorite new spot while on a spur-of-the-moment vacation to a Washington State Park? Tell us about it and upload your photos here!
Some of our trips require well thought-out plans.
Sometimes though, we just need to get outdoors.
The work week had been hectic, and we miraculously ended up with a free evening. We seized the opportunity and found a campground with open spots. It's been a while since we paid a visit to the Pacific Ocean, so over the weekend we made a drive west to Pacific Beach State Park. The park is adjacent to the beach and is surrounded by the town of Moclips. It's a 10-acre park with 2,300 feet of sandy shoreline, which makes for great beachcombing.
Reflecting at Pacific Beach State Park.
“Blue, green, grey, white, or black; smooth, ruffled, or mountainous; that ocean is not silent.”
— H. P. Lovecraft
We arrived around 1700, setup our site real quick, then walked down to the water.
It's a very short walk to the sand, passing through a small picnic area there's a little sidewalk leading down to the beach. From there, it's a short walk to the water. We saw plenty of others out here. Some flying kites, some walking dogs, some getting their vehicles stuck in the sand, and a group of regulars that had a beach fire pit going while a couple of them were using sticks and rope to create some enormous soap bubbles.
The beach stretches for what appears to be miles. Shell fragments, bits of sand dollars, remnants of jelly fish and the ever present seagulls lined the path of the water's edge. The sea breeze was steady, chilly and damp. The hypnotic rise and fall of the ocean waves was as relaxing as a massage. The salt air and the setting sun were putting all things right in our world again.
After exploring the area for about an hour, we headed back to our campsite.
We relaxed in our chairs and read for about an hour. Then we headed to bed right after the dark set in. The park was quiet throughout the night, with the crashing Pacific giving a comforting and constant, natural lullaby to fall asleep to. Getting up in the middle of the night to use the restroom gave us a moment to look up to the sky. Although we were near a small town, and there were plenty of park lights illuminated, we could still see quite a number of stars and details of the Milky Way.
The next morning we woke early and began to dry out the tent. There was no rain in the night, but the amount of dew and sea mist that accumulated on the tent would make one believe there was. We moved the tent over to an empty site with full sun. It took about an hour to fully dry. Lots of water.
After packing up. we drove a little ways north up 1st Street, made a left on Homer St., and a right on Analyde Gap Road. This lead us to the vehicle access point for the beach. We drove about a mile along the morning shoreline, parked and walked around for a bit. It was peaceful out here.
This was just an overnight trip, but a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of life. Sure, this wasn't our favorite campsite, but it was a needed respite. Sometimes just the act of getting outside is enough to give us a reset. Spending a night under the stars and syncing with the rhythm of the waves, this was what we needed! We're glad we made the trip.