Dan & Dee's Travels travel blog

Deception Pass Bridge

View from Trail

Dee on Trail

View from trail

View from trail

Dan on Trail

Trail

View from trail

water current in pass

View from trail

Dan on trail

View from Trail

Dan on trail

Dan on Trail

Blanche on Ferry

Lighthouse on San Juan Island

Roche Harbor


The weather channel predicted a day of no rain so off we went to Deception Pass State Park. Deception Pass is a channel between Whidbey Island and the mainland of Washington. The area has extreme currents and whirlpools which make the crossing dangerous. Many small boats cannot go through the pass against the tide so they must wait until the tide changes. They now have a bridge across the pass which has eliminated the ferries. The area around the pass is a state park. They have several hiking trails throughout the park. We chose the trail to the lighthouse vista point. It was supposed to be a 2.5 mile hike. The initial path was the start of two trails and somehow we missed the right turn to stay on the lighthouse trail. We realized our mistake but since the trails were a loop and we were a little over ½ way, we continued along this trail completing the 1.5miles. Once we return to the place where we missed our right turn, we headed toward the lighthouse. Both trails were very mountainous and rugged. We hiked up and down the mountainside until we reached the Vista point. To our surprise, there was no lighthouse in view. What is up with that? Even without the lighthouse, the views were spectacular. I have attached many photos. We enjoyed the hike and had a great workout after completing the 4 miles.

On Wednesday, our friends (Blanche and Gary Thomas) arrived in the area. We met them for dinner on Wednesday and (of course) had a great time catching up. Dan, being Dan, started a conversation with 2 men at a neighboring table and chatted with them forever. One of them was a marine home on leave so Dan bought him a beer. There is a reason we call him "Gabby Dan".

We leave tomorrow and cross the border into Canada. We have heard some horror stories about crossing the border in an RV. Things like them searching your RV, extreme duty taxes on liquor etc etc. We drank most of our liquor and Dan left the guns home so hopefully we won't have any issues.

We got together with Blanche and Gary again on Thursday when we took the ferry to San Juan Island. We had a great day being tourists on the island. We went to Whale Watch Park. We looked and looked and looked for whales but didn't see any. An information sign indicated the best time to view the whales was from June thru August. Of course, we were about a week early. Ever since we left Las Vegas, we seem to be about 1 week early for most events. We were leaving the park when a ranger came out and said "the whales are coming!". We quickly walked back to the viewing area and had the pleasure of viewing a pod of 20 whales. They are so fun to watch. The lighthouse is also an observation point and research station so they have microphones in the water that monitor for whale sounds.

We moved on to Roche Harbor and had a great lunch at a local restaurant but unfortunately missed the bus so we had to wait an hour for next one. According to the bus driver there are lots of celebrities in this harbor during the summer but we didn't see any. We must have been a little early.

On Friday, Dan and I took care of stuff that needed to be done before we entered Canada. Then we had dinner with Blanche and Gary. We went to dinner in La Conner which is a very quaint little town. We went to the local brew pub which mostly served Pizza???? Duh! The food was very good and the waiter was very entertaining. Also when we were arriving, there were 5 or 6 huge Turkey's strolling down the street. We had to stop then maneuver around them. They were in no hurry to get out of our way. The waiter said they were "locals". They escaped from a local turkey farm a few years back and just hang around the town.

We cross into Canada tomorrow. We are a little nervous because of the horror stories we have heard about difficulties in crossing in an RV. We drank all our liquor and Dan left his guns home so we should be OK.



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