We headed to Lopez Island in April, which honestly felt a little strange, because here in the PNW, it's still pretty cold in April. Our pastor had recently been to Odlin County Park with his family, and highly recommended the trip. Have no fear, we had a cute little vintage trailer to keep us warm at night and plenty of sweatshirts and jackets to keep us warm in the day.
One thing we hadn't been prepared for, was how much it would cost to haul our cute little (oversized) trailer on a ferry. I about had a heart attack when the lady in the toll booth said, "That will be $153.55." Wow, I wasn't prepared for that! We had already driven quite a ways to get to the ferry dock, and we had reserved a campsite already, so there was no turning back, we were going camping on Lopez Island, despite the crazy ferry fee.
It was a beautifully sunny weekend, and there were lots of shells to collect on the beach at low tide, so the girls were ecstatic to be there. They even set up shop and tried to sell seashells by the seashore...which as you can imagine, didn't go so well. It was a lesson in supply and demand, for sure. They were trying to sell sea shells for $1/each - and considering there were a lot of shells directly behind where they had set up shop...let's just say....no sales were made. They were absolutely adorable though.
You bet I packed my superfood smoothie along and drank it daily. Going camping or on vacation isn't a reason to give up on my healthy habits! My favorite meal to make while camping is breakfast - so I ate all the pancakes, bacon, and eggs...and saved my smoothie for lunch time.
I love the down time that camping promotes. The time to sit, take in the surroundings, appreciate nature, and have time to just sit back and read a book. Life is busy, so busy... this kind of down time recharges my soul in huge ways.
I also, LOVE to cook while we're camping in the trailer. With a cute little aqua oven, who wouldn't like cooking, right? :)
Did I mention the stargazing? Oh my heavens, the stargazing out there on a little island in the San Juans was just remarkable.
Something we picked up on while on Lopez while driving from the campground to the downtown area, is that everyone honks at each other. This was a bit startling at first, but then we noticed the wave of hands and we decided that people must be really happy to see us. We sort of felt like celebrities with so many people honking and waving at us. I was curious, why was everyone honking at us? My husband thought it was hilarious, so we started honking and waving back at people. We were confused, so I did what I usually do when I have a question, I googled it. Turns out the lovely people of Lopez Island have a tradition of waving at everyone they pass by - and I'm guessing someone started the trend of honking with the wave, and this has taken hold.
On our way home we stopped at Deception Pass and skipped rocks into the sound. It was a perfect ending to our weekend getaway.
Thinking of going to to Lopez or another island in the San Juans? Here are your campground options: http://www.visitsanjuans.com/accomodations/all-san-juan-islands/campgrounds