Chuckanut Drive is not only beautiful but it is home to a fun place called Larrabee State Park. The kids and I made two stops here last week on our drive up Chuckanut Drive. We first stopped at the South end parking lot and crossed Chuckanut Drive to access the trail for Clayton Beach. It’s a short walk to the beach, probably no more than half a mile. Along the trail to the beach we found a little water fall.
Following the stream toward the beach the kids found a giant rope swing. Obviously this is not one you jump off of into the water. The kids had to check it out and make sure it was safe to use. If you do come to this park and this swing is still up, use it at your own risk. I advise against hanging on it upside down or letting go. I saw no warranty or guarantee paperwork laying around stating it would not fail. So bottom line is you are responsible for you and your kids, if you hurt yourself it’s on you buddy.
Alas, for us no one was hurt and everyone was happy on this swing! It was a good find!
We didn’t explore all the little trails on the bluffs at this beach but we did hang out for a little while and enjoy ourselves before heading back up.
Next stop was at the main Larrabee State Park entrance where you will also find the campground. We walked past a large group of people who were having a nature talk with some Rangers and headed to the beach.
This is a rocky beach where I found herds of purple starfish last year (see that post here). No starfish this time, but there was still plenty of fun to be had.
Beach exploring is always fun!
We found crabs!
The weather worn trees and bluffs at this park are beautiful. The kids climb just about anything so this park kept them busy and on the move.
We ended up spending a fair amount of time exploring the beaches here and really enjoyed ourselves. No matter how many times I take my kids out and about it never gets dull. Even though many times they complain and whine about not wanting to go, ninety-nine percent of the time they love it.
Plan or no plan, it doesn’t matter. Just get out, grab the kids, family, friends or go by yourself. Take your time and stop to explore! The fun is waiting for you!
Adventure Date: April 7, 2014