Our drive up IH5 to exit 230 and Hwy 20 to Whidbey Island Naval Air Station located near Oak Harbor and on Juan de Fuca Strait to the west and Saratoga Bay to the east. It was commissioned in 1942. The main portion of the base is Ault Field where the RV park is located and the Seaplane Base is located south closer to Oak Harbor. The base currently supports the MH-60S Seahawk helicopter, EA-18G Growler, EA-6B Prowler, P-3C Orion, EP-3E Aries II and c-9 Skytrain Aircraft. We are entertained everyday. This location was chosen to defend Puget Sound as suitable for takeoffs and landings of seaplanes. In 1943 the land field was named Ault Field.
Today there are 17 active duty squadrons and 2 Ready Reserve squadrons. The air station also maintains a Search and Rescue Unit.
|Map of Area|
The Cliffside RV park overlooks the Strait and is a very nice park with concrete pads, full hookups, laundry and walking paths.
|Isn't the View Relaxing?|
|Our Site 12|
There are supposed to be lots of eagles, but haven't seen any. We are in site 12 across from the water. We chose this rather than one on the water due to the hookups are on the right side. We could have pulled forward, but means dragging the hoses under the motorhome and picnic table would be on left side. Not sure why they did this, but we still have a nice view of the Strait.
In the distance is a small island that looks like a large submarine. On a clear day you can see Lopez Island in the San Juans.
|Island that Looks Like a Submarine|
NAS is the premier naval aviation station in the Pacific Northwest.
After dinner, John and I took a walk on the beach. No shells, but lots of unusual rocks with color and designs. Found 2 heart shaped rocks for Hope. I am always looking for these and seem to have a knack for finding. The staff here is very helpful and nice. This is definitely a return for us. There was a Parasailer practicing his launch in the field by the campground.
|Doesn't John Look Relaxed?|
|Destination Exhibit at RV Park|
|Shoes Collected From Beach|
|ParaGlider Trying to Launch|
|Not Going Well|
The drive through Seattle gave me the vapors. Traffic was horrible and drivers aggressive. John is a very good driver.
Weather is supposed to start raining the next 5 days. Good that we are here until the 1st of June. One day we want to take the ferry over to Friday Harbor in the San Juans to tour American and British forts.
Because we are so close to Canada, we had to turn our roaming and internet off as you sometimes get the Tellus cell towers.
Fortunately the campground has free Wi-Fi.