Next week is the Washington State International Kite Festival in Long Beach, Washington. If you are forgoing an exotic summer vacation you might want to consider the Long Beach Peninsula as an alternative and the kite festival is a wonderful time to be there. Already canopies and booths are beginning to go into place on the Bolstad approach to the beach. The weeklong festival will close the approach to all but foot traffic making it a great place to stroll, enjoy the colorful kites in the sky and the booths offering food, crafts and dust-catchers.
Even the drive to the coast is refreshing. Those leaving Tacoma will probably want to take I-5 from Olympia, but if you live across the Narrows the route through Shelton is only 15 minutes longer than zooming down I-5 and so much more relaxing. From Shelton there are a number of roads that will get you to Montesano and thence to the coast. All have charms and I try to go a different way each time I make the trip. Since I make the trip frequently it is fun for me to see which houses have been painted, which are for sale, which may be gone altogether. Many little farms have eggs and vegetables for sale and everywhere is the beautiful green our state is known for—even in these dry times, although some of the grass along the highways has gotten brown.