launched from the Wauna Purdy Spit, a small public beach and boat launch near
the little town of Purdy, Washington. It provided great access for a casual paddle
up along the western shore of Henderson Bay, and then we crossed over to land
here on Cutts Island. The island is mostly beach at low tide, with a central madrone-filled
bluff area (see below). It is officially a part of Kopachuck State Park, which
is located across the water on the mainland, but is also separately called Cutts
Island State Park. Boaters, swimmers, and people getting all types of seafood
seem to really like hanging out here.
center of the park can be accessed by a trail that meanders along the top of the
bluffs. Watch out for the poison oak there. The island is slowly becoming smaller
and smaller over the years, as the forces of erosion work on chipping away at
the higher bluffs and replenishing the wide beaches below.
a.k.a. Crustacean Man, is out searching for critters, wigglers, and anything that
moves but which can be captured. We found interesting groups of crabs, geoduck
clams, anemones, oysters, hermit crabs, and lots of other things. It's a great
area for marine life beachcombing.