My brother is someone who loves to be outside and travel and explore. Just like me. But he has a huge love for national parks around the country. So the last time he came to visit we decided to venture out and go somewhere new. We thought about Mt. Rainier but it was too big of a drive to fit into our schedule. (We had plans to go to a hockey game as well). So we divided to head north to Deception State Park and back down through Whidbey Island.
We (my brother, his girlfriend, the kids and I) decided to get an early start since it was a bit of a drive. It was lightly raining almost all of the way up there and I was really praying it would stop since I wanted to spend a good bit of time outside exploring. Well thankfully it stopped raining right before we arrived.
Right before you arrive at the most amazing bridge with a view that I could have stared at all day long. Deception Pass Bridge connects Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island along the highway about two hours from my house. The bridge is pretty old too. It was completed in 1935 and is said to be 177 feet high with views all around and down into the park. We parked the car and decided to get out for a bit. I grabbed my camera and we walked along the pathway. It was just truly breathtaking. Nothing like water and mountains all mixed into one.
After getting what felt like a million pictures of the bridge in all it’s glory we head across the massive bridge to Deception State Park on the other side. Matthew did not care for going over the bridge that much but he dealt with it. LOL We didn’t have to go far to park but the hike down to the beach was a bit of a walk. But once we got down there it was all worth it. Thankfully the cool air and gray skies kept most of the crowds away but it did not stop the kids from getting their feet in the water. I especially loved seeing the seal in the water and the huge bald eagle just hanging out looking around. And the weather held out just long enough for us to make it back to the car and it started pouring!!
So I have always heard cool things about the islands around here but had never been to any. I probably should have done a bit more research on what to do or where to go but we had fun. It was pretty on the drive through. We made our way down to find someplace to get out and walk around and grab some lunch. We found a quaint little town on the water. So we were able to get out and explore. Thankfully the rain had stopped. I love towns like this too. They just have the small town charm. The kids especially loved the ice cream parlor we found.
King of the World
So we decided to take the ferry home. I had not been on a ferry before and the kids thought it was pretty cool driving my car onto a boat. It had started sprinkling again but that did not stop the kids from gong out on deck. Needless to say the kids HAD to stand on the deck right at the front and do the “king of the world” pose from Titanic. LOL We had the whole deck to ourselves too due to the rain.
Such a fun adventure. Nothing better than mountains, trees and water all together. Can’t wait for another adventure. Might have to do a city shoot next. We will have to see. There are so many places to see around here.
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