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The two RV Gypsies (plus one)
enjoyed Deception Pass
5596 Highway 20, Anacortes, Washington
June 22, 2015

Deception Pass information sign

Deception Pass is a strait separating Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island, in the northwest part of the U.S. state of Washington. It connects Skagit Bay, part of Puget Sound, with the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A pair of bridges known collectively as Deception Pass Bridge cross Deception Pass, and the bridges are on the National Register of Historic Places.

sign: the mysterious channel at Deception Pass

Deception Pass is a dramatic seascape where the tidal flow and whirlpools beneath the twin bridges connecting Fidalgo Island to Whidbey Island move quickly. During ebb and flood tide current speed reaches about 8 knots (9.2 mph), flowing in opposite directions between ebb and flood. This swift current can lead to standing waves, large whirlpools, and rolling eddies. The two RV Gypsies observed and photographed this phenomenon from the twin bridges' pedestrian walkways and from the trail leading below the larger south bridge from the parking lot on the Whidbey Island side. Boats can be seen waiting on either side of the pass for the current to stop or change direction before going through. Thrill-seeking kayakers go there during large tide changes to surf the standing waves and brave the class 2 and 3 rapid conditions.

the mysterious channel and tide currents
the mysterious channel and tide currents
the mysterious channel and tide currents
the mysterious channel and tide currents

the mysterious channel and tide currents

the mysterious channel and tide currents

The two RV Gypsies looked down from the Deception Pass Bridge at part of Deception Pass State Park and the beach and decided they wanted to go down there.

view looking down from the bridge to the beach

view looking down from the bridge to the beach

Deception Pass is today surrounded by Deception Pass State Park, the most-visited park in Washington with over 2 million visitors each year. A Discover Pass is required at state parks for day use. The park was officially established in 1923, when the original 1,600 acres of a military reserve was transferred to Washington State Parks. The park's facilities were greatly enhanced in the 1930s when the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built roads, trails, and buildings in order to develop the park.

sign: Deception Pass State Park
Karen and her siser Ilse Blahak

After a few stairs and a short, but steep path, the two RV Gypsies made it to Little North Beach. They got a wonderful view of the bridge they were on a few minutes earlier.

Deception Pass Bridge

Deception Pass Bridge and Ilse

panorama of the bridge and the beach and Karen

Deception Pass Bridge

Deception Pass Bridge

Karen, Lee and Ilse and the Deception Pass Bridge Deception Pass Bridge

Little North Beach

Little North Beach

Lee Duquette taking panorama photos of the beach

panorama of Little North Beach

After going around the corner of the cliff shown above, Karen noticed the black cliffs with white designs and went closer to take photographs. She did not know what type of rock this was. At first Ilse thought it was bird poop until she looked closer. That made Karen laugh.

black cliff
black cliff
black cliff
black cliff
black cliff
black cliff

Karen Duquette loved how clear the water was and how the rocks in the water sparkled in the sunshine.

clear water and sparkling rocks

clear water and sparkling rocks

Such a beautiful, peaceful place.

Lee Duquette taking photos of the beach and bridge

Little North Beach

the two RV Gypsies at the beach

Little North Beach

the two RV Gypsies

Little North Beach

Lee Duquette started back up the trail because it was time to go on the boat tour.

Lee going up the trail
Look below

Please continue on to any of these 44 sections in the state of Washington that you have not yet seen. There is also a link to BC, Canada below.

Travel to Washington

Segway tour of Seattle

Seattle, Pike Place, Waterfront, Sculptures

Art at the Seattle Center

Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle

Space Needle in Seattle

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Settle - July 1


Anacortes and Cap Sante Marina

Cape Flattery / Tootish Island / Neah Bay / Sea Otters / Sea Caves

Deception Pass State Park

Deception Pass Boat Tour

Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

Forks (as in the Twilight movie)

Mount Baker

Mount Erie and Lake Campbell

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Vernon and the Skagit Riverwalk

North Cascades National Park

Ladder Creek/Powerhouse Gorge-day

Ladder Creek/Powerhouse Gorge-night

Olympic National Park

Hoh Rain Forest

Marymere Falls near Olympic NP

Pillar Point County Park - Clallam County

Port Angeles

Port Angeles Whale tour

Port Townsend

Chetzemoka Park in Port Townsend

Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend

Point Defiance Park and Garden in Tacoma

Rainbow Falls State Park

Sandy Cove Park - a great picnic spot

Spirits of Iron Sculpture Park

Sekiu Overlook /Whale Trail and Rosie

Snoqualmie Falls

Strawberry Festival in Marysville

Totem Poles and Jamestown S'Klallam Indian Reservation in Blyn

divider bar

funky hamburger joints



Chehalis campground

Thunderbird Resort TT in Monroe

KOA-Port Angeles-Sequim

Seattle / Tacoma KOA in Kent

Concrete / Grandy KOA and TT

Look below

go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have seen all of the above sections, please continue on to British Columbia, Canada: Cultus Lake, Bridal Falls, Harrison Hot Springs, City of Hope, the tunnels, Whistler, Brandywine Falls, Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, Shannon Falls, a bear tour, Lac La Hache Provincial Park, Prince George, Glaciers and waterfalls in Smithers, salmon jumping, Indians net fishing and more.