Saturday, May 30, 2015

Deception Pass


Towards the end of May I was along on a camping trip with a group of sixth through eighth grade students to Deception Pass State Park.  We camped in the park two nights, did some hiking in the area and the last day took the ferry from Anacortes to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island before returning home.  These are some of the pictures I took along the way.

WEST BEACH

After setting up camp we went to West Beach for a while.
We had intended to watch the sunset there, but the kids went in the water,
were cold and wanted to go back to camp to dry off and get warm.





Deception Pass bridge from West Beach



wild rose


NORTH BEACH

The next morning was foggy and a bit chilly.
We hiked around from West Beach to North Beach,
and then on to the Deception Pass Bridge and Goose Rock.

Cranberry Lake


wild roses




 Shore Pine new growth and male cones


seaweed


Aggregating Anemones



Limpets


Shores Pines and moss



 North Beach




Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock and Pacific Madrone


Deception Pass Bridge from North Beach



 Beach Pea



Douglas Fir new growth


Sword Fern


 Western Red Cedar


Sword Fern


GOOSE ROCK

After climbing the hill from North Beach, we climbed further to the top of Goose Rock,
and then hiked around the rock back to the bridge.

Cyanide Millipede


spider web


 Tapertip Onion


Salal


DECEPTION PASS BRIDGE

After returning to the bridge we hiked it as far as Pass Island
and then returned to camp for lunch.

views from the bridge





 Deception Pass Bridge




 Wild Carrot


boats in Deception Pass







 unidentified caterpillar


ROSARIO BEACH

The afternoon was spent at Rosario Beach exploring tide pools and hiking.

Rosario Beach to Bowman Bay trail





Madrone


Bald Eagle



 Oyster Catcher



Thimble Berry


WEST BEACH

It was back to West Beach in the evening for flying kites and watching the sunset.


Great Blue Heron


 Yellow Sand Verbena


 Shore Pine




waves



sunset














FERRY TO FRIDAY HARBOR

Most of the next day was spent going to San Juan Isalnd and the town of Friday Harbor
as walk-on passengers on the ferry.
While waiting for the ferry we explored the park near the docks.

ferry



ship



site of an old salmon cannery









American Searocket


Black Twinberry


 Cynipid wasp galls on wild roses



Pelagic Cormorant




Friday Harbor



ferry


Plumed Anemone


camp and campers












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