Whether you’re driving over the bridge or speeding beneath it in a motor boat, Deception Pass offers amazing views. I had been here once many years ago, but it was just a very quick detour on the way back to Seattle from Orcas Island. I’m so glad I got to go back on this trip and funny enough, I got to go twice. On our RV trip to Port Townsend we went over the pass heading to the Coupeville ferry. We were on a tight schedule due to ferry reservations, so Joel and I just hopped out with Blanche and met his parents in the parking area on the other side of the bridge. With clear, picturesque weather, it was a great day to snap some quick pics from the top.
Our first stop turned out to be super handy because I picked up a brochure about a Deception Pass boat tour which we ended up doing with my parents when they arrived later in the month.
Visit number two was a leisurely one. We had about an hour to kill before we had to board the boat so we took time to explore not only the bridge, but the beaches inside the park. And my mom had plenty of time to do what she does best- pictures! Doesn’t she look happy down there?!
When we arrived there was a thick fog (known euphemistically in the Pacific Northwest as the ‘marine layer’) in the distance that amazingly cleared completely in the hour we spent at the beach before our boat tour. Thanks nature! The newly crystal clear skies gave way to a gorgeous view of Mount Baker from the boat.
The hour-long cruise offered plenty of wildlife. Joel worked on the Victoria Clipper for many years, so after hearing his tales of frequent whale sightings, I was hopeful we’d catch a glimpse of one of the three local and transient Orca pods that frequent the Salish Sea every summer. Unfortunately, the whales weren’t out and about, but we did see lots of birds and some really adorable seals doing their seal thing.
Both trips made me thankful to call the PNW my past and future home. Just after we left the US my in-laws took Joel’s sister and niece on a camping trip to Deception Pass Park. Seeing their photos when we were just getting back to Indonesia (and back to work!) gave me a little post-vacation blues, but in no time at all we’ll be back in Washington with years and years to enjoy this wonderful part of the world.