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Griffiths-Priday State Park - Copalis River Spit — Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012

Southwest Washington
Tiny Christmas trees live among the grassy dunes. Photo by Jon Stier.
On the first morning of our New Year's trip to the North Beach area, we woke to the bluest skies and brightest sun that I'd seen since October. We packed up the kids and headed out early to Griffiths-Priday State Park to enjoy the day and the low tide. From the parking lot the trail is not intuitive. Head to the far side of the picnic tables or simply walk to the gate on the road and head north along Conner Creek. On this day, the winter sun cast long shadows and illuminated the golden grasses. It was beautiful walking in the small grassy dunes. We walked until the path started to braid out and get more brushy, and then headed back, crossing a pedestrian bridge to the south of the park and walking along Copalis Beach.
A contemplative lunch spot on a small bluff over Conner Creek. Photo by Jon Stier.
The pedestrian bridge to Copalis Beach is about a quarter of a mile south of the park - walk along the jeep roads to get there. Photo by Jon Stier.
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