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Savoring the rich days of late summer

Published on September 5, 2018 9:38AM

Saturday afternoon, Sept. 1, offered gorgeous weather for beach strolling, with abundant sunshine and mild temperatures.

Saturday afternoon, Sept. 1, offered gorgeous weather for beach strolling, with abundant sunshine and mild temperatures.

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Visitors of all ages enjoyed frolicking in the water at Waikiki Beach in Cape Disappointment State Park on the holiday weekend’s sunny Sunday.

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Visitors of all ages enjoyed frolicking in the water at Waikiki Beach in Cape Disappointment State Park on the holiday weekend’s sunny Sunday.

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Chanh Tran  went for one last walk on the boardwalk with his six-month old son Daniel before heading back to Seattle on Monday. This was the Tran family’s first visit to the Peninsula, who said they enjoyed the area’s laid-back atmosphere and the quaint town of Long Beach.

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Chanh Tran went for one last walk on the boardwalk with his six-month old son Daniel before heading back to Seattle on Monday. This was the Tran family’s first visit to the Peninsula, who said they enjoyed the area’s laid-back atmosphere and the quaint town of Long Beach.

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Above, Ron Wirkkala of Seattle walked with his daughter Kaia along the Seaview approach on Saturday afternoon.
Below, crowds lined the streets while stopping along Pacific Avenue’s shops and delicious eateries over  the Labor Day Weekend.

Above, Ron Wirkkala of Seattle walked with his daughter Kaia along the Seaview approach on Saturday afternoon. Below, crowds lined the streets while stopping along Pacific Avenue’s shops and delicious eateries over the Labor Day Weekend.

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Waikiki Beach in Cape Disappointment State Park was very busy with visitors who were enjoying some fun and relaxation over the Labor Day weekend.

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Waikiki Beach in Cape Disappointment State Park was very busy with visitors who were enjoying some fun and relaxation over the Labor Day weekend.

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The rides in Long Beach were a popular spot for Labor Day visitors.

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The rides in Long Beach were a popular spot for Labor Day visitors.

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Joseph Rumpel of Darrington had the Ladybug ride all to himself on Saturday.

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Joseph Rumpel of Darrington had the Ladybug ride all to himself on Saturday.

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Cape Disappointment State Park was booked solid with campers through Labor Day weekend. The Washington Department of Parks and Recreation
Communications office reported that June 2018 total park attendance was 50 percenthigher than 2017 while July total attendance in 2018 was 64 percent higher than 2017. August numbers were not available in time for this publication, but Cape Disappointment is on track to have record-setting attendance for 2018. The Observer will be doing a full report on this as details emerge later in the year.

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Cape Disappointment State Park was booked solid with campers through Labor Day weekend. The Washington Department of Parks and Recreation Communications office reported that June 2018 total park attendance was 50 percenthigher than 2017 while July total attendance in 2018 was 64 percent higher than 2017. August numbers were not available in time for this publication, but Cape Disappointment is on track to have record-setting attendance for 2018. The Observer will be doing a full report on this as details emerge later in the year.

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Peyton Baber, right, patiently waited for Brevin Bazurto to find his ball at the Putt Putt miniature golf course in downtown Long Beach on Sunday.

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Peyton Baber, right, patiently waited for Brevin Bazurto to find his ball at the Putt Putt miniature golf course in downtown Long Beach on Sunday.

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The Magana family of Sunnyside prepared to head home after staying at the Oceanview Inn at the Arch over the weekend. Personnel at the inn reported that 2018 has been the busiest in three years and witnessed a lot more new visitors to the Peninsula than in previous years.

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The Magana family of Sunnyside prepared to head home after staying at the Oceanview Inn at the Arch over the weekend. Personnel at the inn reported that 2018 has been the busiest in three years and witnessed a lot more new visitors to the Peninsula than in previous years.

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A child tested her safe kayaking skills in the calm waters at Waikiki beach.

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A child tested her safe kayaking skills in the calm waters at Waikiki beach.

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Dan Glowitz had his work cut out for him before leaving The Adrift Hotel in Long Beach for his home in Mercer Island on Monday.

Dan Glowitz had his work cut out for him before leaving The Adrift Hotel in Long Beach for his home in Mercer Island on Monday.

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Traffic was heavy in downtown Long Beach on Saturday afternoon as visitors headed north along Pacific Avenue.

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Traffic was heavy in downtown Long Beach on Saturday afternoon as visitors headed north along Pacific Avenue.

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