Looking Back

December 2, 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 […]

December 1, 2021

Lions Christmas Parade: 2002

It’s always fun to break into the archives for photos of Christmas events past. This collection includes scenes from the 2002 Anacortes Lions Christmas Parade. This year the Lions event will be held Saturday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. in downtown Anacortes.

November 30, 2021

Celtic Christmas: 2011

Violinist Geoffrey Castle has played several venues in Anacortes over the years, but his “Celtic Christmas” has to rank high with local audiences. These photos were taken 10 years ago during a Christmas performance at the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed. Sharing the stage with Castle were the Gothard Sisters … and Santa Claus! Event […]

November 29, 2021

Puppies on parade: Christmas 2007

“Wishing you a very dachshund Christmas.” These cute little dogs were among stars in the 2007 Anacortes Christmas parade. Sorry, didn’t get their names. Besides, it’s been awhile…

November 17, 2021

Tsutakawa delivers sculpture: April 2008

It was April 2008 when renowned Northwest sculptor Gerard Tsutakawa and team delivered the sculpture “Annie Curtis” to its home at Cap Sante Marina. A beautiful day for placement and unveiling, with many arts community and Port of Anacortes dignitaries on hand.

November 16, 2021

Upriver park on Skagit River: 2019

Howard Miller Steelhead Park, just off Highway 20 near Rockport. This photo was taken about this time two years ago. Right now high water due to rain puts a return trip in the “sketchy” category. A county park with utilities, even a couple of cabins. Beautiful.

November 15, 2021

Shipwreck Day: 2002

Perennial favorite “festival.” The one-day Shipwreck Day garage sale in downtown Anacortes.

November 12, 2021

A flash of red

This was one of several turkey vultures perched menacingly in a tree near Lake Erie during an August 2018 drive. An impressive bird, to be sure!

October 19, 2021

Anacortes Salmon Derby: 2007

Prizes galore! Salmon fishermen from around the region descended on Anacortes for a few consecutive years as the Fidalgo-San Juan Islands Chapter of the Puget Sound Anglers hosted the popular Anacortes Salmon Derby. Among board members and organizers was Jay Field.

October 15, 2021

Fog over Deception Pass: 2013

With contractors packing up equipment and closing on the finish of a two-plus-year painting project, I look forward to seeing the iconic Deception Pass spans again — shiny green and free of rigging. Maybe this month!

October 4, 2021

Eagle inspired sculpture: 2015

“Aerie,” a stainless steel sculpture by Merrilee Moore. Inspired by an eagle’s nest. Located at the roundabout on the south end of Commercial Avenue. Installed in January 2015.

October 2, 2021

Highway 20 project: July 2015

I made good use of my time on July night in 2015 when a crew stopped me on Highway 20 at Deception Pass. A much needed resurfacing project. Happy to wait…

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