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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Bike Camping at Manchester State Park

G and I decided to squeeze in a quick bike camping trip (aka an S24O) a few weekends back, not only to enjoy the obvious and plentiful joys of bike riding and camping, but because the weather was going to be very "un-Seattle": somewhere around 75 degrees, and nothing but sun.

To be honest, I was kind of feeling a little bit of withdrawl from the Oregon Coast tour that we'd taken a few weeks prior (more on that later), and I felt like sleeping outside surrounded by trees just might soothe my symptoms.

Since we didn't have a ton of time, and were planning on leaving straight from work on a Friday, I thought we'd check out Manchester State Park, over on the Kitsap Penninsula. For me, Kitsap is one of those "I've lived in Seattle for how long, and still never been there?!" places. It's a really short ride (~7 miles) from the Fauntleroy-Southworth ferry.

Some pics from the ride out:

The hiker/biker sites at Manchester were pretty primitive, and didn't have picnic tables, which normally I'm alright with, but we were hungry, and having a picnic table sounded nice, so we just took one of the "normal" campsites:

The next day, after some coffee, we checked out the waterfront part of the park, and it's accompanying abandoned military buildings:

From the WA Parks website:
"The park itself was constructed at the turn of the century as a U.S. Coast Artillery harbor defense installation for the protection of Bremerton. During World War II, the property was converted to a navy fuel supply depot and a navy fire-fighting station. A former torpedo warehouse, built in 1901, still stands in the park. It was later an officer's club, a barracks and a mess hall, and is now a picnic shelter in the day-use area."

All in all, Manchester was a pretty decent place to stay. It's a state park, so it's easy to find, and on some pretty choice real estate. We're thinking of maybe taking another (bike) trip out there later this season with some friends that don't really bike or camp, so this seems like a good introduction.


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