I'd been looking for a hike I could do safely by myself. Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island is well-populated, only 5.6 miles long, and not very technical. It's also not in the middle of the mountains. So I picked it.
It happened that my mother came along, which made it a lot funner. But it did mean that I wasn't by myself. Not a bad fact.
You may need a ferry reservation to access this hike. We got lucky and made it on as a stand-by, but barely.
We parked at the trailhead across from the cemetery for the hike. The Washington Trails Association had recommended that trailhead for more of a hike and the other one for more of a beach walk.
We'd chosen a day to go when it was supposed to be raining sideways. Thankfully, the rain and wind weren't as bad as predicted. It rained a bit, but I stayed dry in my Arc'teryx. My mom's Columbia wetted out.
The prairieland here was amazing. Nothing like other parts of Western Washington I've seen.
At one point two bald eagles flew at eye level maybe 15 feet off the trail. It was amazing. I had my phone in my hands but was too busy looking at them to take a picture. So I took one when they were flying away.
I could have done without the walk on the beach. It wasn't as enjoyable as the walk on the bluff. If I did it again, I'd probably stay on the bluff, walk down the hill to the beach, and then back up to the bluff and just do a there and back.
It was a pretty good day-hike. Afterwards we took the ferry back to Port Townsend (again, get reservations!), got pizza for lunch, stopped at a loose-leaf tea place where I found my new favorite decaf tea, and drove home.
Do you have any fairly easy hikes you'd recommend in the area?