I opted for Belfair this time since it was a shorter drive. Low and behold, there was some sort of town festival going on in Belfair that had the main road we wanted to take closed and caused bottleneck traffic on all the side streets to get around it.
Even so, things worked out pretty well. We stopped at a little country-cooking type of local place, Pat's Little Red Barn, and picked up some lunch to go. We took it down and ate lunch on the picnic benches at Belfair State Park. The food was excellent and the setting couldn't have been much better.
Belfair State Park was a nice place with campgrounds, picnic areas, public restrooms, showers, and obviously beach access. I was a little surprised that on such a beautiful Saturday, the parking lot here wasn't more than about 10% full. It does cost $10 per day to use the park or $30 per year if you buy the Washington State Discover Pass.
Stats for the paddle log:
- Date: Saturday, 11 August 2012
- Time In: 1:00 p.m.
- Time Out: 3:10 p.m. (based on time-stamps on my camera)
- Elapsed: 2 hrs 6 min (based on GPS)
- Moving Time (GPS): 1 hours 58 min
- Stopped Time (GPS): 8 min
- Mileage (GPS): 3.25 miles
- Sea State: 0.
- Winds: 7-10 kts NE
- Air Temp: 75F climbing to 81F
- Water Temp: 73F
- Current: None.
- Tides: Started on a flood. High Tide was 9.5 ft at 3:08 p.m.
- Avg Speed (GPS): 1.6 mph
- Max Speed by (GPS): 5.1 mph
- Rapids? None.
- Hazards? Not much.
- Kit: My youngest son and I in our Ocean Kayak Malibu Two XL, and my eldest son in his Perception Acadia Scout. Flop hat, NRS paddling gloves, short sleeve shirt, swim trunks, Keen Newport sandals.
- Route: Put-in at the Belfair State Park and paddled northeast toward the nature preserve in Belfair.
- Other comments (such as wildlife spotted): 5 Great Blue Herons, lots of ducks and geese.