Save the date! Aug 29th-31 (and beyond)
Announcing the 8th Annual WetWesties Dosewallips Park Campout!
Since we live just a few miles down the road from the Dosewallips Park, Fred and I have offered to be the co-host with Larry, as my all-knowing mentor.
Again, we have reserved THURSDAY night (Aug.29th) thru Saturday night (Aug. 31st) This way you can beat the Friday afternoon crowds on what can be a busy weekend. As we did for the last 3 years, we think that if anyone wants to stay over Sunday night the site should be available for a one day single site fee.
We expect 75 or so for Dosewallips as vans from Canada, Washington and Oregon gather and have a fine time reconnecting with old friends and new. It's a great park for everyone to ride bikes, walk to the Puget Sound saltwater slough and bird watch.
We always welcome the newbies and lurkers. Musicians are always welcome as are kids of all ages.
For much of the year Hood Canal is wet and grey, but late August is prime time for visiting this jewel of an area. The weather has been spectacular for the last 5 years. If you can plan an extended trip you can take advantage of the Olympic National Park and the many recreational opportunities.
Costs are $10 per day per van entry fee plus a $5 to $10 fee per van (depending on number of vans) to cover the facility fee charged by the park. Vans 1 thru 10 pay nothing at the gate - but they do pay $10 to the Wetwesties host at the campground using the envelope provided. Every van numbered 11 and up pays $10 a night at the gate to the Park personnel for the "extra vehicle fees." On Saturday before dinner we divide the total fees by the number of vans and settle up.
Dosewallips State Park is a 425-acre, year-round camping park with 5,500 feet of saltwater shoreline on Hood Canal and 5,400 feet of freshwater shoreline on either side of the Dosewallips River. The park is unique in that it offers both freshwater and saltwater activities. All camp areas are grassy and located in scenic, rustic settings. Last year's clear skies and spectacular weather allowed many to walk to the waterfront on Hood Canal and see the mountains. It's a great site for biking thru the park.
We camp in Group Camp 1 (Meadow Camp) which is - as named - a large meadow that easily held the vans with room to spare. There is a big campfire pit, a covered eating area, several picnic tables and a barbeque. Water and primitive toilets are available. Flush toilets and hot showers are elsewhere in the park within walking distance. A trailhead and the Dosewallips River are easily accessible.
Distance from Seattle is 125 miles via the Tacoma Narrow Bridge, Port Orchard and then North over the Hood Canal Bridge - or - 135 miles going thru Olympia and then north to the southern tip of the Hood Canal. The shortest drive is via the Edmonds Ferry and is 68 miles over the Hood Canal Bridge. Portlanders have and easy 110 miles up I-5 to Olympia then another 62 miles along Highway 110 up the beautiful drive along Hood Canal. For Shelton, Port Orchard, Pt Townsend , etc this is in your back yard.
Potluck is Saturday evening. As always bring firewood for the huge group campfire around the large concreted fire pit. A Ranger has given talks at the campfire about the area's settlement and history.