Birch Bay

Birch Bay Travel Blog

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William on the beach at Birch Bay.
I was sleeping pretty well until the birds started making one heck of a racket around four in the morning. It sounded like they were having a meeting and delegating who was to do what during the day. I no sooner fell back to sleep when the kids of the Vietnamese clan (there were five tents on two campsites with five cars) across from us got up and started screaming and making all kinds of noise. I was hoping the parents would tell them to be quiet, but no dice. In frustration, I got up to use the bathroom, hoping that a little more time was all the parents needed to quiet their children. Coming back from the bathroom, I headed towards the kids that were yelling and jumping around. I told them to shush, putting my finger to my lips. Momma noticed me and I told her to please try to keep the kids quiet...it was way too early for that much noise. Nobody else in the park seemed to be up yet and I couldn't believe they had no respect for those still trying to sleep.
William contemplates whether to roll up his pants.
I climbed back into the tent and put the pillow over my head since the kids hadn't quieted at all. About an hour later I heard them leave with their boat...thank god! Of course by this time I was fully awake and hungry. While William continued to sleep, I made us breakfast of bacon, hash browns, scrambled eggs, and hot tea.

After the breakfast dishes were washed and dried, we decided to drive down to the beach along the bay since the tide was going out. Clams were spitting left and right across the mud flats as people were digging them up.  I wore my water shoes and waded into the water. The cold water felt really good on the bursitis in my left heel. It was fascinating to see so much sea life in the shallow water. There were periwinkles, hermit crabs, red rock crabs, and dungeness crabs (mostly tiny ones).
A partial view of the bay.
Minnows of some sort also darted around our feet. A starry flounder startled William when he almost stepped on it.

We headed back to camp after our morning walk through the water. Since the kids had awakened us so early, we both decided to take a nap. We ended up sleeping over two hours! We spent the rest of the afternoon eating fruit and reading the books we brought with us.

Around 5:30pm, we drove back to Birch Bay to my in-laws. Their friends, Doug and Julie, were cooking paella so we took along the oysters we hadn't eaten to add to the mix. Though it took a while to cook, the paella was really delicious. I skipped the peach pie since I had eaten a whoopie pie that Dave gave me earlier.
A red rock crab got spooked.
I'm not sure where he got them since they are usually only found in the New England states and in Amish territory.

By the time we finished eating, it was starting to get dark and we could hear more and more fireworks being set off. We took our chairs across the road to have a front-row view at our end of the bay. As far around the bay as you could see...and even across the water to Vancouver, you could see fireworks. I discovered that my small Nikon camera had a setting for fireworks, so I was able to get some really cool photos. We watched for several hours before packing up and heading back to the campsite. We had to take the long way around since the main thoroughfare was blocked off by the police.

We fell asleep almost immediately and, thank god, the kids across from us kept it quiet the next day. All in all, we had a really nice trip and I got to spend some quality time with my husband without anyone competing for his attention.
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William on the beach at Birch Bay.
William on the beach at Birch Bay.
William contemplates whether to ro…
William contemplates whether to r…
A partial view of the bay.
A partial view of the bay.
A red rock crab got spooked.
A red rock crab got spooked.
William blocks the path of a dunge…
William blocks the path of a dung…
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