In the News

May 16, 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 […]

May 15, 2020

Beach, boat & bluff fishing

Fishermen are out. On a visit to Deception Pass Park I viewed folks fishing from North Beach, boat just offshore, and bluff from the base of Pass Island. Traveling in and out of the park I saw many folks fishing lakes including Cranberry, Heart, Campbell and Pass.

May 13, 2020

Vibrant greens of Spring 2020

What a delight during these Spring days to see all of the new growth, from flowers to trees … and to enjoy the sweet aromas that come with that new growth. Collected here are some images from a recent visit to the Ship Harbor Intepretive Preserve adjacent to the state ferry terminal on the west […]

May 13, 2020

Summertime blues

COVID-19 pandemic restrictions continue to take a toll on popular seasonal activities, now including the Anacortes Fourth of July parade and related events. A cancellation notice regarding city-hosted summer events was issued Tuesday, stating in part: “The City has determined that the threat that large-scale events pose to the health of the community is too […]

May 12, 2020

SHIP roundabout almost a wrap

This Tuesday morning photo from Clearidge demonstrates just how close crews are to completing the SHIP roundabout project started in mid-March. Landscaping crews were still at work, light traffic was flowing smoothly.

May 9, 2020

Anacortes Arts Festival still hopeful

On May 1 Anacortes Arts Festival Director Meredith McIlmoyle reported: “We have been doing our best to stay abreast of rapidly changing guidelines as they relate to our industry. As of today, we are still planning a festival. We will continue to do so until our state or local officials tell us we can’t because […]

May 9, 2020

Out for a paddle

What better way to enjoy the outdoors while meeting COVID-18 “social distancing” regulations. There was a marked spike in activity on the water Friday afternoon at Bowman Bay, but watersports provided a safe way to exercise and enjoy the sun without worry about a crowd.

May 7, 2020

Forest textures, early May

Another wonderful hike in the Anacortes Community Forest. Today, Trail 300, including a stretch on private property. Thanks to those who allow the trail to pass through their land.

May 7, 2020

Return to Rosario

What a wonderful morning is was! Given the governor’s lifting of state park closures due to COVID-19, I grabbed my camera and made my way to Rosario Beach. My trip featured opportunities to photograpph blooming plants as well as shorebirds, geese, rabbits and quail. The views from Rosario Head were stunning, and confirmed that boaters, […]

May 6, 2020

The Pass is back!

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 […]

May 4, 2020

Many state parks reopen for day use

Many state parks including Deception Pass State Park will reopen Tuesday, May 5, for local day-use recreation only. Fishing and hiking will be allowed, with continued emphasis on “social distancing” of six feet or more, and precautions including face masks and regular hand cleaning. Visitor centers, camping and other overnight accommodations on state-managed lands will […]

April 30, 2020

Bill Mitchell Day May 3

The late Bill Mitchell, artist and historian, will be memorialized on May 3 with a virtual celebration of Bill Mitchell Day in Anacortes. I think this photo of the muralist posing for a “selfie” dates back to the Eighties. Click Bill Mitchell for details.

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