February 24th, 2010

From family archives

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I could have titled this entry “From family album,” but hey, let’s be honest: April 1958 was a long time ago! This photograph, taken on North Beach at Deception Pass State Park, features me (left, age 6) and an unknown friend/relative striking a pose in the midst of our beach adventure. I’m not sure how I came to have custody of this photo, but when I found it I scanned it immediately. Like many Anacortesans, our family spent many days at Deception Pass, including “swims” at Lake Cranberry (More like “thrashabouts.” I ultimately learned to swim in a pool at age 10). Another favorite family hangout was Sunset Beach at Washington Park. Fewer people. Closer to home. Today I choose the Sunset option most of the time, but Deception Pass is definitely one of the most beautiful public parks in the Northwest. Visit now to avoid the spring rush.
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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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