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!