New Year rainfall let up on Sunday, January 3, a development that drew enthusiastic crowds to Deception Pass State Park: both Fidalgo and Whidbey sides. On this trip I ventured onto a trail that runs adjacent to the beach from the park amphitheater to the bridges. I have walked the same trail from the east […]
Kukutali, which in the native Swinomish Tribal language means “place of cattail mats,” is a wonderful near-island managed in partnership between the tribe and state parks. Walk a narrow band of land to this place of beach and forest. Beautiful trees tower above on the forest trail, with many madrona trees growing both in forest […]
I (and many others) spent part of my Thanksgiving Eve in the Bowman Bay neighborhood. That included a beach walk on Lottie Bay, with sightings of many ducks and a harbor seal. Beaches are littered with “sea debris” from recent winds, combined with high tide. It was nice to see a few families out with […]
It was exciting last Saturday to see so many Northwesterners outside enjoying the natural attributes of this amazing corner of the state. I saw kayakers, paddleboarders, horseback riders, hikers, boaters and beach walkers. They were young, old … families and friends. I saw cameras, cellphones and binoculars, all being utilized to add images to memory […]
What a spectacular morning in the wake of a week of smoke-saturated skies due to wildfires. When I looked out the window Saturday morning to discover the smoke was gone, I headed for Deception Pass State Park. I wasn’t alone. These young women from Renton were fishing for salmon from Little North Beach. I also […]
I’ve been watching apples ripen on a shoreline tree, often wondering if and when other walkers will begin to pick them. This morning I got an education when I discovered these apples are on the crow’s menu. I saw at least a dozen crows in the tree and on the beach a few yards away, […]
My morning started at West Beach on the Whidbey side of Deception Pass. I then headed to North Beach, and then crossed the bridge to Bowman Bay and Lighthouse Point on Fidalgo Island. I’m guessing sunshine and a desire to be temporarily free of COVID-19 “incarceration” prompted people to head for the outdoors with boats, […]
I encountered two groups of divers Saturday at Rosario Beach. I thought the first diver I spotted was a seal, and in fact he and two others were later joined by a curious seal. Pacific Northwest waters are renowned among divers. Lots of color, both plant life and underwater creatures.