Day 48: Sad Feet, Happy House

Friday August 30, 21.3mi/34.3km

Deception Pass State Park/Quarry Campground (965.3/75ft) to Happy House (986.6/80ft) (WA)

It rained most of the night, and I packed up a wet tent at 7am. It was a nice, cool morning to hike, and for the first hour I was on trails.

Then, the paved roadwalk started. Good scenery, but hard on the feet.

No wildflowers today, just a floral shop.

Whidbey island is home to a Naval Air Station, with loud jets practicing aircraft carrier landings.

Another mile down the pavement was a cluster of food establishments, including a taco truck. Easy decision!

My feet were beginning to complain about the 4 hours of pavement walking so far, and I had another 3 hours to go. There was a short respite on a beach walk section.

The Alfred Hitchcock movie came to mind with all these avian crowds…

There was a strange abandoned stone structure in the trail thru Whidbey State Park. I think it used to be a fountain?

After two more hours on pavement, I arrived at the “Happy House”, where Rebecca and John have been helping out PNT hikers since 2012.

We had a fun night of conversation, planning the upcoming section thru the Olympic National Park, and enjoying a delicious taco salad dinner. And, dessert – homemade apple pie and ice cream! (In my world, each of these is a food group).

Thank You, Rebecca & John, for all you do for hikers!


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