It seems as though we've traveled several hundred miles in the past few weeks, but in reality, we've not been far at all... as the crow flies. We've literally made a circle around the largest part of Puget Sound. The map below shows what I mean:
|A. Point Hudson at Port Townsend, Washington - B. Port Angeles, Washington - C. Victoria, BC - D. Nanaimo, BC - E. Horseshoe Bay, Vancouver, BC - F. Whistler, BC - G. Ferndale, Washington - H. Whidbey Island, Washington|
|This map shows Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands connected by|
Deception Pass Bridge (A) a vertigo sufferers' nightmare.
Camano Island is accessible by car from the mainland,
and only by ferry from Whidbey Island.
We're winding up a 10 day stay here at Deception Pass on the north end of Whidbey Island. We were here last year too, but only for a day -- no room in the campground. We have, without a doubt, enjoyed some of the finest weather in the country during our visit this year. There's been sunshine almost everyday with temperatures cool enough to require a sweatshirt.
Our campground is only about a mile from Deception Pass, a strait of violent water that separates Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands. Deception Pass connects Skagit Bay in Puget Sound, with the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
|Deception Pass Bridge from below on the Whidbey Island side.|
The Deception Pass area was mapped and named on June 7, 1792 after George Vancouver had mistakenly thought Whidbey Island was a peninsula. Two-lane Deception Pass Bridge, was completed in 1935. There are actually two bridges here: Deception Pass is the larger section, Canoe Pass is the smaller. Some other Deception Pass Bridge facts:
- Height from water to roadway: about 180 feet, depending on the tide
- Roadway: two 11 foot lanes, one in each direction
- Sidewalks: a 3 foot sidewalk on each side
- Width of bridge deck: 28 feet
- Total length: 1487 feet (more than a quarter mile)
- Canoe Pass: one 350-ft arch and three concrete T-beam approach spans
- Deception Pass: two 175-ft cantilever spans, one 200-ft suspended span, and four concrete T-beam approach spans
- Vehicle crossings: 20,000 per day, average
- Maximum speed of current in Deception Pass at flood/ebb tide: 9 kts
- Maximum speed of current in Canoe Pass at flood/ebb tide: 10 kts
- Completion of the bridge was a factor in the decision to build Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and helped Oak Harbor, Washington flourish.
- The bridge is among the most photographed landmarks of the Puget Sound region
|Deception Pass Bridge|
|This sailboat was quite large but from where I |
took this picture (under the bridge), it appears tiny.
|Oops, forgot to take the picture 'till it was too late! |
|Coupeville is on the shore of Penn Cove. Several eateries and bars overlook the cove. |
The day was overcast, damp and a little cool.
The air smelled of fish to me and I would not enjoy eating outside at low tide. UGh.
|His Mission: ice cream.|
|Ice cream store found. |
Another day we traveled north across Deception Pass to Fidalgo Island and the City of Anacortes, a town adored by many but I found to be only mildly interesting. The best view on Fidalgo Island was from atop Cap Sante on the northern part of the island.
|Typical view from Cap Sante.|
|That's the city of Anacortes behind me.|
|Always with those binoculars in hand.|
|The blurred image is surely a result of a very hungry photographer.|