This state park is an island accessible only by boat, about 45 minutes from Downtown Seattle (if you take the unadvertised Argosy Cruise boat to the island). You land at the dock right outside Tillicum Village.
I immediately headed straight for the hiking trails, which lead all over the island. Nearly tame deer were munching on the grass, barely giving me the time of day as I walked past. I didn't bother wearing bug spray, and I still was not bothered by insects. After hiking to the opposite side of the island, I settled down on my beach blanket in a grassy knoll and proceeded to read and leisurely munch on the picnic I had packed.
The only distractions were consistently needing to move, as my shady spot kept turning into full sun, and my mom calling me on my cell phone (yes, there is service, at least if you're with AT&T).
Towards the end of the afternoon, I headed back to Tillicum Village and the dock. While waiting for the return boat to arrive, I browsed the gift shop then enjoyed a glass of wine at the snack bar (there was also appetizers and even full meals available) and watched a raccoon works its way through discarded mussel shells out front. (You also have the option of paying to attend the touristy salmon bake and buffet - lunch or dinner - offered at Tillicum Village, once you're on the island.)
All in all, it was a day of quiet and relaxation with only the sounds of the waves against the shore and the conversations of other hikers and campers.
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