Monday, September 17, 2012

Dazzling Deception Pass

In this series of posts about my jaunt to Whidbey Island, I left off my tour at the junction of LaConnor Whitney Rd. & Highway 20 headed west.  (You can click  Part 1 and Part 2  to read more of this journey if you like).  This is more of a photo journey rather than an informational one.





This is the sign for the Swinomish Casino & Lodge on the Swinomish Reservation.  This hotel overlooks Padilla Bay and comes highly rated on Trip Advisor.

I've enlarged this photo so you can read the signage to the left. We are on the Swinomish Reservation on Puget Sound.  The Swinomish Reservation is home to the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, a federally recognized Indian Tribe.


There is a large tanker out there on Padilla Bay but I have no idea what it is carrying.

We are still travelling on Highway 20 and are no on Fidalgo Island. If you go north on the Island you will hit Anacortes in Skagit County, Washington, United States. The name "Anacortes" is a consolidation of the name Anna Curtis, who was the wife of early Fidalgo Island settler Amos Bowman (Wikepedia).  Anacortes is the home port for ferry travel to the San Juan Islands.

A goose flies overhead as if to announce that nature here is in abundance.

This is very lovely countryside (sorry for the dirty windshield).

There was a boater on Campbell Lake. I managed to get a photo as we were zipping by.

When we got to Desolation Pass we managed to find a place to park and took the following photos. I also resolved to stop for more photos on the way back home which I will share in another post. The return photos are even more spectacular.


The weather that day was absolutely fantastic; sunny but not too warm. The water was shimmering like gold.






As we cross over the bridge into Whidbey Island I can see an island in the distance. I'm not sure if that is Deception Island or if Deception Island is further west.  In any case, it makes a pretty site even through the bridge structure.

There were many tourists parked in the narrow passageways on the side of the narrow highways.  They were all enjoying the dazzling sights of Deception pass. I can't wait to return this way and take more photos from a the other side!

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21 comments:

  1. Lovely to see the water after your drive! I'm always happy to be near water.

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  2. Wow! What a lovely photographic tour! Thanks for taking us along. Great shots! Susan

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  3. It must have been a wonderful trip! Thank you for letting us share it with you, cause that is a place i wont be able to see in this lifetime!

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  4. Beautiful photos! Wanted to let you know that I have finally found my way back to blogging although I have a new "home." Would love it if you would come visit me. http://www.masterpiece-beth.com/2012/09/17/a-moment-of-absolute-clarity

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  5. Thanks for the tour. Interesting post and good shots.

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  6. Thanks for the tour with your photos; I visited there years ago and liked it a lot.

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  7. What lovely shots of the lake and of nature... What heavenly blues!

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  8. fabulous drive by shots! thanks for the tour--i crossed the Puget Sound when i visited Seattle about 3 years ago, and it was a full moon. Washington is a beautiful state, so green!

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  9. I would love to go on a similar road trip on a pleasant day -- on a motor bike with my camera -- as inspired by this photo essay of yours.

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  10. Great photos of the scenery. It's a beautiful place and you did very well to take so many photos while traveling along.

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  11. Driving through the scenic place is so much fun. I’m amazed how nicely you took pictures from the car.

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  12. Beautiful area!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  13. Beautiful photo shoot showing.
    Wish you a good day :)
    Hugs Hanne Bente

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  14. Truly fantastic weather, so perfect for drives. The captures have come out so well with good lighting.

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  15. Superb photos of a beautiful section of our world. I'm partial to Islands. Love the beach, the sea spray, the wind in one's hair that goes with it. And fresh seafood! haha. Thanks for sharing these stunning pictures.

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  16. It's so pretty up there. We still hope to see some of the Puget Sound area sometime this Fall.

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  17. Some nice shots there! It's great how you are documenting your trip with photos and words on your blog.

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  18. thank you for taking me with you!! your photos are great!

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  19. Thanks for sharing your journey.

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  20. Dear Friend,
    thanks for the lovely pictures, I like the lake ones best, especially since living in the desert!!

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