Tuesday, May 5 marked the reopening of most state parks, including our amazing Deception Pass State Park. A morning visit revealed other outdoor adventurers with commendable “social distancing” skills. My morning stop included the drive to West Beach, a walk on the North Beach trail, a visit to the Cranberry Lake dock and a brief stop at Little North Beach to photograph fishermen under the bridge. What a beautiful time of year to be “released” to enjoy this phenomenal corner of a state teeming with natural assets. Thanks to the park crew for clearly visible work getting the park ready for summer guests.
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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