Whidbey Island sunsets are beautiful. We are so lucky to have been there at the perfect time of year and camped at the perfect campsite. This was a surprise, not that I didn’t know if Whidbey Island had a sunset every day, but rather it was that I didn’t know where our campsite would be and that our campsite would have such a great view of these beautiful Whidbey Island sunsets. Sunsets that are completely obscured by clouds are just not the same.
Six months ago (I think) I made this reservation to stay at the Cliffside RV park. At this military-only campground, they were not accepting any reservations due to COVID during 2020-2021. I think we could have stayed there last year, but rather we headed to the east. It was a wonderful trip we did a good job covering several southeastern states ending up as far as you can drive in Key West Florida.
I mention Florida because that is where we were on January 1st. The fact is that we were as far south in Florida as you can take an RV that doesn’t float. We started this year’s journey at Key West which is where I hatched the plan of crossing the country from corner to corner. Some people would conclude now that we are on an island on the far side of Washington that we finished our goal. Close but we are going further north and much further west.
We spent four weeks at Key West, three weeks at Boise, and now three weeks at Whidbey Island. After our stop at Whidbey, we are still headed west. The sunsets at Key West were great. Here is a link to our post. Key West Sunsets
As a preview of this post since I have some great pictures of Whidbey Island Sunsets, I won’t include pictures here of Key West sunsets. Most of the time, at least in my blog, good pictures dictate how many words and descriptions I include. Not so on this post. I have more pictures than words.
I wonder if you will agree that the pictures of Whidbey Island sunsets are better than the pictures of Key West Sunsets. Please comment below I am very interested if you agree (or not). Since we are talking about taste, there isn’t a right or wrong answer, it is just expressing a preference.
Corner to Corner
It is a long way, starting in Key West to cross the country and so far (we are still heading west) it has taken seven months. We had a delay (to enjoy the mountains) in northern Idaho. As I explained before when complaining about the weather, we went too far north too soon and spent too much time crossing the Washington desert. Here is a link to the story of when we were crossing the desert, in the middle of the summer. In a Heat Dome
A better route that would avoid these mistakes of going north too soon and then crossing the Washington desert in the middle of summer wouldn’t look so much like a corner-to-corner crossing on a map. When we finally reach the point furthest west I will include a picture of the map, For now, I hope you like the pictures of the sunsets.
Our stay in Whidbey was wonderful. Whidbey Island is south of and connected to Anacortes Island. Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island is about half the size of Anacortes. Both cities are very quiet, especially on Sunday afternoon when we visited Anacortes.
The Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island is the reason the RV park is there. Even though the sunsets were wonderful, there is the frequent noise of the jets at Whidbey. Usually, Whidbey has the jets practice landings at an outlying field about twenty miles to the south. However, when we were there, the outlying field was closed for repairs and the jets frequently practiced at Whidbey.
These landings are all made in a precise manner as if they were landing on an aircraft carrier. Instead of stopping after each touchdown, they go take off again and do it again. As noisy as it is, it is critical training. For us, because the outlying field was closed, the noise occasionally lasted until after bedtime. The RV park is located right below the flight path, so often it was very noisy.
In case you think I am complaining, I’m not; nor am I sensitive to noise. When onboard the ship, my bed was located directly below the flight deck. One time I noticed that the noise wasn’t quite right and bolted out of bed and ran to the flight deck to find out what was wrong, once there I found that the landing was caused by an engine failure.
An interesting side effect of the jets flying overhead is that when they were flying, we would lose cell service. It was a side effect of the planes overhead. I don’t know which radar/radio was jamming the cell service but I started being able to predict the cell service loss when I heard the planes.
Other great sunsets
Since I made this post all about Whidbey Island sunsets I figured I might as well review a few other great sunset pictures and locations that we have had during our travels. Seeing these pictures reminds me of how many times we have been treated to great sunsets. In the list below, you will see that we don’t include very many sunrises, the one exception is the one in Death Valley. Usually, sunrise doesn’t fit into my sleep schedule. Then there is the issue of not going outside before I have coffee.
When you click through these links make sure to scroll down for more pictures, not all the sunsets are at the top of the post.
Great sunset pictures are scattered in these posts.
- FMCA magazine sunset cover photo
- Colorado Rocky Mountain High sunset
- Amazing Arizona sunset
- Montana Big Sky sunset
- Super photo of our RV at a lake in Idaho at sunset
- Red hot photo at sunset in Phoenix Arizona
- Mississippi sunset photo from the inside of our RV
- Sunset photos from the Everglades
- Super sunset reflections at the Pacific Ocean in California
- Sunrise in Death Valley
- Kayak Adventures
- Key West Sunsets
Life is good, thanks for letting us share.