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This is our family's favorite beach accessible from
the Seattle area in a day trip.  Double Bluff Beach
sits at the south end of Whidbey Island, facing into
Useless Bay.  It's a wide, sandy beach.  The water is
extremely shallow and warms up quickly in any
summer sunlight.  There's an impressive collection
of driftwood at the back of the beach.  Another
interesting feature are the baked red bricks
eroding out of the cliff-face.  These come from a
10,000 year old forest fire that baked the clay soil.

Take the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry to reach the south
tip of the island.  This is a nice, half hour trip that is
interesting in itself.  From the middle of the
channel on a clear day you can see Mount Rainier,
Mount Baker, and the Olympics all at the same time.

On the way home - if you've devoted a full day to
the outing - you might drive the length of the
island to the north, explore some other parks (Fort
Casey, Fort Ebey, and Deception Pass), and return
home via highway 20 and I-5 without another wait
for the ferry.  (The line can be long on a late
Sunday afternoon and evening to leave the island.)

Dog-Friendly Beach

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by Bob Kelly
Nye Beach
The Mukilteo-Clinton ferry ride
The beach and lots of sticks
The tide's coming in
Shallow water