This could be you.
This could be you. Ranger Billy Moran/Washington State Parks

If you’d like to get away from it all — and Jesus, who wouldn’t — Washington State Parks would like you to know that state parks are not only open for business, but COVID-cleaned cabins are ready for reservations. They’ve also partnered with a company to provide door-to-door delivery of camping supplies so you don’t have to go shopping ahead of time, and added free days in which you don’t need a $10 Discover Pass to enter parks.

Sure, staying cooped up in your tiny apartment is one way to avoid contributing to a global pandemic. But taking an extended trip into the wilderness would perhaps be slightly more scenic; and it has the added benefit of preparing you for the eventual collapse of civilization and return to a primitive hunter/gatherer society. Better get that yurt rented now while the renting’s good!

Almost all of the state’s parks are ready to welcome you with open arms and bees, with only a small handful remaining closed. A couple dozen are closed for overnight visits, so you should check the official list before heading out; but if it’s a nice hike and a pleasant vista you’re after, options are plentiful from Anderson Lake to Yakima Sportsman.

If you’re looking to camp or rent a cabin, mid-week is your best bet since weekends tend to get a little crowded. ("Work from home" can also mean "work from nature," provided you don’t need wifi wherever you go.)

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Alas, the Seattle Public Library is not among the local libraries offering one-day Discover Pass checkouts right now, since all of our branches are closed. But you can visit any park without a pass on any of the upcoming free days, some of which were recently added: August 25, September 13, September 26, October 10, November 11, and November 27.

And if you’re new to camping out, Washington State Parks recommends checking out Arrive, a company that ships rental camp gear to your home, customized to whatever experience you’re planning. Popular packs in Washington include a camping set for two (romantic), a backpacking set for one (alarming), and a three-person tent (sexy).

Okay, now get out into nature, look at some mountains, sniff a flower or a bear, and think longer than you expected to about whether you should give up on city life altogether and move to a remote cabin where nobody can find you!

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