Topic: state parks
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August 13, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Yes, we’ve had some rain around the state in recent days — even damaging deluges in places such as the North Cascades — but campers should be aware: The two-week-old ban on campfires in Washington’s state parks continues.
That’s puzzled some campers in places such as the Washington coast where it hasn’t seemed very dry. Here’s an excerpt from an email that came to me Friday night from a California visitor to a coastal state park:
“Tonight I write you from Cape Disappointment State Park in Washington, where it is 57 degrees at 98 percent humidity. According to another website, the fire danger is rated as ‘very low.’ Five hours inland, large wildfires may be raging, but you wouldn’t know it here, where mist-caused water drops pellet my van’s roof. Which prompts my question: Under what authority does Washington State make the idiotic demand all campfires cease?”
The authority comes from the Washington Administrative Code, Section 352-32-125, governing fires and campfires in state parks (boldface is my addition):
May 31, 2013 at 10:20 AM
This weekend – and next – are for you. Washington State Parks will be free on June 1, June 8 and June 9.
The no-charge weekend days are part of a series of admission-free days at state parks this year. Otherwise visitors have to pay for a Discover Pass to enter state parks, either a $10 day pass or a $30 annual pass.
It doesn’t sound like much but it can add up, especially on top of other state park fees.
I’ve been at Cape Disappointment State Park recently, in the southwest tip of Washington. It’s gorgeous, with wave-pounded beaches, walking trails among ancient spruce, two lighthouses and an excellent interpretive center. But on top of buying a $10 one-day Discover Pass (more…)
March 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Here’s another beaut of a reader photo from a Washington state park. It was taken by Amy De Los Santos, of Marysville. See this and a bunch of other very nice contributions here.
Then go through your own web albums and add to the collection. It’s part of our 100th birthday present to the state parks system; sort of a family scrapbook thing, you might say, from a really big family (almost 7 million Washingtonians). We have scores of photos already, but I’m sure you have more in your electronic albums (and you might see your photo in this space next). Share the wealth, spread the beauty, practice random acts of kindness — here’s how: (more…)
March 19, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Happy birthday, Washington State Parks!
One hundred years ago, on March 19, 1913, Washington’s Legislature created the commission that put together our state parks system, which now includes 117 developed parks and other properties totaling more than 110,000 acres, including 7,000 campsites, 35 interpretive centers and 400 miles of cross-state trails.
State parks play a big part in my personal story, from my family’s 1960s camping trips to Moran State Park on Orcas Island — in Dad’s old Army surplus tent — to the annual picnics at Deception Pass when my folks retired on Whidbey Island. (The Heavenly Lime Jell-O salad complemented the view of roiling, jade-green waters.)
Memory-making in state parks is part of being a Washingtonian. To mark the milestone, starting this Sunday and continuing into July The Seattle Times will spotlight five “Gems of Our Washington State Parks,” representing some of the best in our state’s natural history, cultural history and recreation.
You’ll see our choices soon enough. But we also want to hear about yours. In honor of the centennial, give us your picks of Washington State Parks: the best and (hey, nobody’s perfect) the worst.
In coming weeks, we’ll ask for more of your feedback — best park to kiss? worst park for raccoons? — and share the results. Stay tuned.
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