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December 2nd, 2021

Vikings hit beach at Bowman Bay: 2004


History shows the Vikings made it to the East Coast of North America a few hundred years ago. It took them until March 21, 2004 to hit the beach at Bowman Bay in Deception Pass State Park. A couple of dozen Whatcom County residents in period costume descended on the park in conjunction with the filming of a documentary by a crew from The Discovery Channel. The channel sponsored a series looking at how things were made at various times in history. Among the episodes: a feature on how Vikings made boats. On hand for the latest segment of filming were Anacortes craftsmen Jay Smith (who built a 21-foot Viking boat) and Paul Thorne, who hand-crafted tools for Smith to work with.

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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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