Washington Weekend Trip Guide: Cape Disappointment is ANYTHING But Disappointing

Washington Weekend Trip Guide: Cape Disappointment is ANYTHING But Disappointing

The name is misleading, but I promise you will love it.

Summer is just around the corner and between summer jobs, internships, and other commitments, it can be hard to get away. If you are a Pacific Northwest native like me, you know that the whole area is basically just a huge hidden gem, but there are some places that shine a little brighter than others.

I am here to say that Cape Disappointment State Park is my absolute favorite weekend camping destination in the PNW.

The name may be misleading at first, but it actually has a meaning! According to the Washington State Parks Website, Captain John Meares set out on a voyage to find the Columbia, but the mission was thwarted when he struggled to find the entrance to the river and thus the area he ended up finding was named Cape Disappointment.

Let me tell you, this place is anything but disappointing.

First, the basics. The campground has accommodations for all types of camping. You can pitch a tent, haul a camper, or even stay in a yurt (which is more like "glamping" and is my personal favorite). The bathrooms have actual flushing toilets and are well maintained, which is a huge plus. The roads are paved all through the grounds, so you don't need any special vehicle. Lastly, there is an amazing beach that you have access to from the campgrounds with soft sand and gorgeous sunsets.

There are 8 miles of hiking trails scattered around the park. My personal favorite is the Mackenzie Head Trail, which leads you up to the Battery 247. There you can explore the abandon and overgrown battery. If you climb overtop of the large concrete structure, you get to see this view.

The park is best known for the North Head Lighthouse . The hike is easy, and on some days, you can even pay a small fee to go up to the top. There are usually volunteers there to tell you the history of the lighthouse and the area.

The state park lies just outside of the small town of Ilwaco, WA. Every Saturday, there is a small farmers market at the Marina, and I promise it is worth checking out! My family always goes for the mini doughnut stand and I always stock up on handmade soaps and chapsticks. You really cannot go wrong there! If you don't find anything you like, you can always stop into OleBob's for some fish n' chips!

Right outside of town, you can visit Fort Columbia and do more exploring! This place is really well kept up and they have an awesome visitors center. You can wander through the old structures and if you are anything like my sisters and, it is the perfect opportunity to have an impromptu photo shoot.

There are still the old officer houses, barracks, and other buildings up on the hill. I cannot reiterate enough how picturesque this little corner of the world is.

Long Beach, WA isn't far either, and it is full of small shops to wander through. An absolute must-see in Long Beach is Marsh's Free Museum . This place is the definition of sensory overload in the best possible way. Browse seashells and go pay my buddy Jake the Aligator Man a visit! Down the strip, you will find my favorite ice cream place in all of Washington, Scoopers. I recommend splurging on the waffle cone with a double scoop of anything with huckleberry in it.

(Enjoy this photo of us circa 2011)

There is so much more to this place, but those are a few of my favorite highlights. As someone who has been coming here for all 20 years of my life, I hope you all take a weekend to go explore Cape Disapointment State Park and all the area has to offer

Cover Image Credit: Kassy Mendoza

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19 Struggles Only Girls With The 'Looks Thin In Clothes But Not In A Bikini' Body Type Will Understand

A resounding 'thank you' to whoever decided one-pieces were cool again.

We grew up thinking the world was black and white. There's tall people and short people. There's old people and young people.

There's fat people and skinny people.

But as you get older, you realize there is a lot more in between those two ends of the spectrum than you ever thought possible. Especially when it comes to weight. And you do a lot more realizing if you're in an awkward position on that scale... Literally.

1. People always tell you to stop saying you are fat

Obviously, your friends SHOULD prevent you from talking negatively about yourself. And if you only saw you when you were fully dressed, you'd probably tell yourself to stop saying you're fat, too.

2. And are kind of surprised by your actual weight

You've definitely had friends who are shocked by the number on your scale because you can carry it pretty well when you are fully dressed.

3. Sometimes you feel like a catfish

Have you ever changed out of your super cute, flattering outfit and looked at yourself in the mirror and thought... Wow, am I lying to people?

4. But you know this is probably true for most people

When you're wearing clothes, typically the parts of a body that bring about insecurities (stomach, namely) are covered. No matter the body type, you realize most people are more comfortable in clothes than out of them.

5. Your confidence is often contingent on the month

November? Yep, won't need to be in shorts or a bikini for about 7-8 months. I am good to go.

February? I'll need to be in a bikini soon.. I could use some work.

6. You are thrilled by the one-piece bathing suit making a fashion come back

A resounding 'thank you' to whoever decided it was time to give one-pieces a try again. The stomachs of us in-between gals are appreciative.

7. Crop tops are 95% of the time not your top of choice

Yeah, okay, clothes are supposed to work for me and not against me.

8. You honestly don't understand jean sizes

I have fluctuated in weight a lot of my life, most recently losing 25lbs, and I still did not budge in jean sizes.

9. You wonder what other people think when they see you

Do other people see me as thin in clothing? Or fat in a bikini? What size am I perceived as?

10. Shopping is kind of a nightmare

Have you ever found about 27 items you liked, added the prices and thought, ah, it is going to be so tough to choose from all of these items? Only to go into the fitting room and realize only 2 of the items fit you well? Yep, me every single time I go to the store.

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11. You're thankful that at least you've got boobs

You can kind of hide them in clothes, and then let them steal the show away from your tummy in a swimsuit.

12. You have a hard time setting weight-loss goals

You aren't really sure how overweight you are (if you are, at all) and you don't want to be at an unhealthy weight on either side of the spectrum.

13. Body positivity comes and goes

There are days, weeks or even months when you feel like the most beautiful person on the planet, and then something happens (old jeans don't fit, you try on a new bathing suit, etc.) and you convince yourself that all of that confidence was wrong and undeserved.

14. You always try on the biggest size first

Either this or you're in a weird limbo between the smallest plus sizes size and the biggest generic sizes size.

15. Half of you knows every body is a bikini body, and half of you is convinced that yours is not

You know that your body is worthy of wearing whatever you want to wear, but looking at yourself and seeing what society (and you) sometimes deem as unattractive can eat away at that knowledge.

16. But you also know self-love and confidence are key to beauty

Even if you have to fake it, you know that feeling confident is going to carry you pretty far.

17. Being in a bathing suit is a constant game of readjustment

Okay, I am sitting. Pull the bottoms up to cover as much as my stomach as possible and the back of the top down to cover any back rolls.

18. You've avoided the mirror after a shower before

You know that you are just going to lose all the comfort you felt in your body during the day when you see yourself, so sometimes it is best to just avoid it.

19. Ultimately, you know your beauty is not contingent on what you are wearing

The goal for everyone should be to get to a point where it doesn't matter if you're in a snowsuit, a bathing suit or a birthday suit... You can see your beauty no matter what and feel confident despite what you have on. It'll take time, but falling in love with the way you look is worth it.

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Warm Weather Is Finally Here And That Means Seasonal Depression Can Go Fly A Kite

Like seriously, get out of here.


Any form of depression flippin' sucks. Like something major. Mental health is wicked important and sometimes crazy hard to maintain. The cold weather of winter does absolutely nothing to help either and ends up making it a lot harder to stay motivated, want to get out of bed and to ever go outside to be productive and active. Vitamin D is so detrimental to the health of our bodies. The sunshine lets us soak that up, but it's almost impossible to do when it's sub-zero for four months straight (ok, a bit of an exaggeration, but not really).

Seasonal depression brings out the worst moods during the long winter months and drags us down. What we can do is to busy ourselves and push ourselves to be the happiest we can be with enjoyable activities. Make sure you do fun things that will help you avoid being stir crazy. It's a vital time of self-care and making sure you are physically and emotionally healthy.

Once the icy force field of the winter breaks, spring flourishes and so do we. The heavyweight that was hanging on our shoulders is lifted off. We instantly feel lighter. It's an amazing feeling and so relieving. Getting through the winter in one piece feels so successful.

So, have fun now. Enjoy the fresh air and let the sunshine kiss your skin. Embrace your happy and positive thoughts. Cherish not having to wear a jacket and the fact that you need air conditioning in your car instead of heat. Roll the windows down and blast the music. Make your days include some form of outside activities and exercise. Celebrate every single aspect of the spring and summer because when winter rolls around again, you will want memories to keep you going so that when you have to do it all over again, it will go smoothly.

So, goodbye seasonal depression, we won't miss you.

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