Deception Pass State Park

So, Deception Pass State Park. The most beautiful multi-beach park beauty. I want my ashes spread at Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park…one day. Whether it be the views of the waterways, the rocky beaches and the walking trails, views of the most beautiful area of the world. #pnw It is peace and it contains Rosario Beach, Bowman Bay, North/West Beach of this beautiful part of the Pacific Northwest. I may edit this but on this last day of April 2022, I need to celebrate and share my pics of 04.09.22. It was a very windy day. A few of these pics are of La Conner, WA too. A great starting point of a beautiful #pnw day.

16 for 2016

So, it’s the start of the new year ~ what do you want to see and do this year?  Here are 16 (for 2016!) that you might want to consider:

  1. Visit Deception Pass and the Rosario Beach/Bowman Bay area
  2. Head East from Seattle to Suncadia Resort ~ taste, relax, play
  3. Snoqualmie Falls
  4. Stay at Fort Flagler State Park
  5. Wine tasting in Walla Walla ~ make a long weekend of it as there is much to taste
  6. Explore the Kalaloch area of the Washington Coast
  7. Vancouver, British Columbia
  8. Attend at least (6) six festivals or fairs (ex: Washington State Fair, Poverty Bay Wine Festival, Bumbershoot, Fremont Fair, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Bellevue Arts & Crafts Fair, Issaquah Salmon Days, Ellensburg Rodeo, Bremerton Blackberry Festival, Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, Taste Washington… just to name a few).
  9. Take a hike and see Silver Falls at Silver Falls State Park in Silverton, OR.   It’s just short of 4 hours reach.
  10. Run/Walk a 5-K
  11. Haven’t been camping in awhile? Maybe this is the year.
  12. Take more pictures (and less selfies)
  13. Visit (and support) the beautiful area of the Methow Valley.  Winthrop, Twisp, Mazama and more… the activities and beauty abound.
  14. Go crabbing in the waters near Anacortes
  15. Leavenworth ~ take in Oktoberfest, Christmas Lighting Festival or visit anytime of the year
  16. Do it Local.  See: an Everett Silvertips hockey game.  Hear: local musicians. Smell: the fresh air of a nearby beach or park. Taste: a meal at a new restaurant or food truck.  Touch: shop at a neighborhood boutique.

Salish Sea Native American Culture Celebration – June 7th

Help celebrate the maritime heritage of the Swinomish and Samish tribes this Saturday, June 7, at the 9th Annual Salish Sea Native American Culture Celebration at Deception Pass State Park.

The event is from noon to 4 p.m. at the Bowman Bay picnic site on the Fidalgo Island portion of the park.

Take a ride in a traditional native canoe. Listen to singers, dancers and storytellers from the two tribes. Watch demonstrations of traditional weaving, cedar work and woodcarving. And enjoy a salmon and fry bread lunch.

Proceeds from food sales help support the tribes’ canoe families’ participation in the annual intertribal canoe journey. (This year’s canoe journey will bring Northwest Tribes and First Nations to Bella Bella, British Columbia.)

Saturday is a state parks ‘free day’—a Discover Pass is not required for day use at Discover Pass State Park.

For more details and directions to this event, visit:

Find out what other days during the year are free days at WA state parks:

-credit for this info given to Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

Deception Pass

Deception Pass consists of Bowman Bay, Rosario Beach, Deception Pass bridge, and Deception Pass State Park.  One of the most beautiful places on earth in my opinion…even on a cloudy day.  The Deception Pass Bridge is a scenic wonder with views of the Puget Sound and the Pass.  Deception Pass is known as a deep turbulent passage that links Whidbey Island (another future post) and Fidalgo Island which then connects to Hwy 20/Anacortes area. 

Picnicking can be had at all the stops here.  Most areas have BBQ’s and tables.  Some covered units can be reserved for larger parties.  There are many trails for walks/hikes, a swimming hole at Deception Pass State Park, and camping (tent and RV) at both Cranberry Lake (DPSP) and Bowman Bay (limited) – year round.  Rent kayaks or launch your boat at Bowman Bay, a saltwater marine park.  Fish at Cranberry Lake.  A Visitors Information stand is located at the parking area at the bridge.  At Bowman Bay, visit the interpretive center which is named (and renovated) by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) – it provides interesting historical information about the CCC and area.

My favorite is Rosario Beach.  This beach has beautiful rocky/pebbled beaches (all shapes, sizes, styles) with tidepools to entertain – you’ll spot sea urchins and hermit crabs.   The Maiden of Deception Pass story pole is located here…and depicts a story of the Samish Indian Nation.  It’s a great place for kids to learn about marine life.  It’s a place for adults to explore …or enjoy the sites and serenity of nature.  Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory, owned and operated by Walla Walla University is also located there – offering classes and a summer camp.