Beauty beneath the bridges

Published July 13, 2005 / by Steve Berentson

Many people don’t even realize Anacortes is on an island. A small public boat launch beneath the Duane Berentson Bridge (actually twin spans) offers the opportunity to step to the shores of Swinomish Channel, the ribbon of water separating Fidalgo Island from the Skagit mainland. If you don’t have a boat, pack a food basket one of these days and take advantage of the solo picnic table situated near water’s edge. It’s fun to see the boat activity … and to gaze up at the concrete underbelly of the spans that replaced the old drawbridge that served the island for many, many years. P.S. The bridge is named after my Uncle Duane, who served in the state Legislature for 18 years, and then as state Secretary of Transportation before retiring.

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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