When Darla Jean and Duwayne decided to take one final trip, prior to their imminent long winter escapade, they were happy to find out that their friends Beau and Blanche would be meeting them in the happy little town of Copalis Beach, on the Washington Coast, just North of Ocean Shores.
After researching the area online, they chose Driftwood RV Resort & Campground (http://driftwoodrvresort.com/) as their destination. A leisurely 3 hour drive from Poulsbo (through Shelton, McCleary and Aberdeen) brought them to the coast and, eventually, to Copalis Beach. What they DIDN’T know was that, contrary to their belief that Driftwood Resort was one of the only RV parks in the area, there are HEAPS of RV parks along this stretch of coastline (probably one every 1/4 mile). Luckily, the one they chose was quite nice. While it is obviously a work in progress (new campsites and facilities being added), the grounds were clean and quiet, the staff friendly and helpful and the firewood free.
The one down-side to the campground was that, despite assurances by the locals (and the website) of easy access to the Copalis River from the campsite, there really was no direct access. Sure, you could walk from the campsite to the marsh that was paralleling the river but all you could do was stand there and look at it — there were no trails or other means of enjoying the river.
But, all was not lost! Duwayne, Darla Jean, Beau and Blanche (and, of course, Princess and Yellow Dawg) piled into The Dude and drove down the highway for approximately 3 miles to the first possible beach access at Ocean City. And, not only could they drive TO the beach, they could drive ON the beach!
Boy, was THAT fun! Once on the beach, the happy travelers could drive as far as they wanted (all the way to Ocean Shores, if so desired). This made delivering the dogs to their running grounds very easy. For an eleven year old mutt, Princess was still able to kick up her heels and Yellow Dawg took off like a bolt of lightning!
Yellow Dawg particulary enjoyed chasing the wading shorebirds. And she would sometimes disappear about a quarter mile down the beach before returning with a happy smile (but no birds!)
The happy campers enjoyed 3 days of mostly splendicious weather and walks on the beach. Sand dollars were found. Greetings with other dogs were exchanged. Fun was had by all!
And, what’s more, The Gumbos experienced no major trailer issues. They even managed to pump the holding tank with out creating another smelly mess! Time for a long trip South!