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I always liked the rain. While most around grew weary of day after day of rain for a week or more, I found comfort in it. I love little more than curling up next to an open window with a blanket and a good book, listening to the rain fall outside. Since coming to the Pacific Northwest, I’ve realized that while I still love a good rainfall, I need a day of sunshine here and there.
This winter has been hard on us. It rained for like two months straight with what felt like no sunshine and no warmth. So when I saw that Easter weekend was going to have temperatures in the 60’s and no rain in sight, I knew we had to get out and do some adventuring!
As a frugal mom, I am all about fun family activities that don’t cost a fortune. We also are quite fond of the outdoors. I had originally planned on taking the kids to one of the museums in the city, but those can be pretty pricey. Plus we would be stuck indoors all day. Chris mentionedr Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island so we decided to check it out.
This was about a two hour drive for us one way, but it was completely worth it! We left home at about 9:30 am, got some gas, and hit the road. I had no idea what to expect, other than it was a state park.
When we got there I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was with all the blooming trees and the sun shining. Parts of the road are just feet from the water, which was fun. We happened to go when they were hosting their annual marathon, so there was a lot of traffic and pedestrians.
Now, it costs about $30 to obtain a park pass, but that pass is good for 1 year and I believe it gets you into all the state parks, which is a great deal! We also happened to arrive on their “free” day, but we bought the pass anyway because we knew we’d be back.
We parked by North Beach and walked to the Cranberry Lake swimming area. This was the location of the end of the marathon so there were lots of people there, but it had a seriously breathtaking view of the water. After a quick bathroom break, we walked back to North Beach and hopped on the trail. It was a great hiking trail with a narrow path. Some of it was rocky and most of it was filled with tree roots. It was a lot of fun, though.
Miss H was having a blast because it was her first real hiking experience and I’m so glad we got to take her there. Some parts of the trail jutted out so you could see the water and it was so beautiful. We were on the trail for about a mile when we walked out to the beach. The rest of our time there was spent slowly wandering the beach while H found tons of unique rocks to add to her collection.
Honestly, I can’t tell you the last time we just moseyed around, not rushing, not checking the clock, and not telling H to hurry. We just took our time, let H write her name in the sand and feel the cold waters. E fell asleep in our Ergo carrier (affiliate link) while Chris wore him. I’m so glad we brought that thing! It made life so much easier because Chris could be hands free for hiking and helping H find rocks, but E was safe, snug, and secure.
All in all, it was such a great day. I am so thankful for the weather and the sights and the opportunity to just slow down. We are already counting the days until we can go back.
Deception Pass has a lot to offer for families. We will be going back this summer to go tent camping. They have a swimming area at Cranberry Lake. There’s tons of hiking trails and areas for fishing and boating, lots of picnic areas, beaches, places for tent camping or RV camping, you name it. And the parts that we saw were very clean. You can go for a couple hours or get away for the weekend. If you’re looking for a family friendly activity near Seattle, I can’t recommend this park enough!