May 16th, 2020

Bluff trail wonders

An early morning visit to North Beach at Deception Pass Park put me in a mood for adventure, so I took a trail I’ve never walked before. I was alone from beginning to end — a wonderful hour of discovery. The trail, which leads from the North Beach parking lot toward West Beach and the park amphitheatre, is about a half-mile walk. Although it runs parallel to the beach and Deception Pass waters, it is a safe distance from bluff’s edge. Rocks and roots are everywhere on this trail, so it is important to watch your footing. In addition to roote and rocks, however, I was surprised to find bright pink rhododendron bushes along the way. I did find a couple of established, safe viewpoints that yielded exceptional views of beach and bridges. It’s safe to say I’ll be back, maybe next time to trail’s end.

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About Photographer 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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