Our First Time Visiting the Hood Canal
The summer of 2017 my daughters and I were looking for a random adventure one sunny summer week, so we packed our lunch and took our Washington State Discovery Pass (for state parks) and embarked on new territory.
Hoodsport is one of the Gateway towns to the Olympic National Park and we were happy to find it along the way. We had a blast all around Hoodsport!
The local forecast for the day of the Solar Eclipse at our house was cloudy, so we scoped out places to stay on the Hood Canal. I figured our chances for clouds on the beach would be the same as at home but if there were clouds at least we would be at the beach!!! After googling I found a trailer to rent at Mike’s Beach Resort.
I packed up two dogs, two kids, Solar Eclipse glasses and acrylic paint (for sunrise painting) than headed out! The canal looked almost tropical and was just breathtaking that year because of some weird algae. It was safe to be in the water, but it was an unusual thing.
Guests at Mike’s have a private beach that is perfect for swimming, harvesting oysters, or just enjoying a sunset. There is a community area open to all guests next to Mike’s house. Mike and his wife live there with the guests during the summer months. They told us we are welcome to come to their home at anytime for anything.
The community area was a good size, which included a couple of fire pits, grills and a ton of seating and string lights. Mike’s was also very dog friendly and we took our dog and our guest dog Bailey.
On the morning of the eclipse, we woke up at sunrise (at 6 am) and did sunrise painting on the canvas of our surroundings. Great memories were had and will not be forgotten!
This camp is an amazing camp right on the Hood Canal. Since the first time we dropper her off It has been Julie’s “go-to” camp. Julie loves seeing the same girls and counselors year after year. Most of the camping experiences she signs up for is survival and water-based activities.
They usually have girls from different country’s to work there every summer. The girls learn all about different cultures and get a different experience altogether.