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Old 05-05-2011, 11:54 PM   #1
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Banner Picture - Been There & Done That

Well, the DW and I spent 5 wonderful days at the Salt Creek Recreation Area near Port Angeles, Washington. It is the place you see in the current banner picture at the top of the forum pages and it is just as nice at it looks.

We got in last Thursday afternoon and we did not have reservations but they have several 1st come - 1st serve sites so I was hoping we could squeeze in.

As you can see we got lucky and managed to find a spot.



This picture was taken Friday morning and there were ony 6 RVs in this main open area. They also have a loop past the trees back there with a bunch of smaller, non-hookup sites. By Friday afternoon many more RVs rolled in but there were still plenty of prime spots left.

Here's the view taken from the front passenger seat. You are looking out across the Straits of Juan de Fuca and that is Vancouver Island, Canada in the distance.



This next pic is looking along the rocky shoreline right in front of the RV sites.



The property was originally a military base established during WWII as a gun emplacement to guard the Straits from enemy ships. They had 2 huge cannons installed there but by the time the whole thing was finished in 1945 the war was ending and the emerging rocket missile technology rendered the big guns obsolete. The guns were chopped up for scrap and the base declared surplus in 1949. The local county bought the land in 1958 and turned it into this beautiful park.



The above pic is one of the gun placements. That's a whole lot of concrete. Those gun projectiles you see against the wall are nearly 5 ft tall!

They have several nice trails through the forest areas that are well maintained and easy to hike, like this one.



Every evening about 5-6 pm a bunch of deer would come out of the woods and graze around in the open fields and even around the RVs. Talk about a treat.



One of the trails takes you out to Tongue Point which is a shallow strip of rocks that extends out into the water and at low tide you can walk out and examine all sorts of sealife trapped in the little pools of water. The DW & I got there as the tide was coming in so we passed on the excursion.



The only thing bad I can say about this place is no wi-fi and cell phone service is spotty. To make a call we had to walk a couple hundred yards up to get a decent signal. Here's the imfamous Nick-B calling his brother to brag about his great camp site.



Just above Tongue Point looks West and is a nice spot for taking in a nice sunset.



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That is great, a little far for me but I saved it for the future trips to West coast. Thanks for the view!!
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It is a beautiful place, that's why a pic of it is up there.

If you get a chance, please do a review in our Campgrounds section & upload your pics there.

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Nice trip & photos. Thanks for posting.
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We passed it up last year and went to Whidbey Island (Military retired). That looks like a must stop the next time and spend a little more time in that area.

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It is a beautiful place, that's why a pic of it is up there.

If you get a chance, please do a review in our Campgrounds section & upload your pics there.

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Uhhh, I thought this WAS the Campgrounds section. What am I missing?

Never mind - I figured it out (DUUUH!)
Its the link called "Campgrounds" right under the banner picture.
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Thanks for the nice pics...
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