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Sep 14, 2013 - Deception Pass

We made a day trip to Deception Pass today, which brought back many childhood memories. My family used to both camp and picnic here, often times in the rain. Named by Captain George Vancouver in 1792, Deception Pass is a narrow and deep waterway connecting Saratoga Passage with the Strait of Juan De Fuca. It provides the shortest route from the waterways of Seattle and Everett to the San Juan Islands. The only problem is that Pass is full of strong tides, unpredictable currents, and major whirlpools. Passing through is not for the...

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Sep 10, 2013 - La Conner

We spent the day in historic La Conner, visiting friends, Pam and Denny, who we knew in high school and college. La Conner was established as a fishing port in 1868 and is filled with old Victorian structures (many now on the National Register). It is bordered on the east by the Skagit Flats, home to the huge tulip fields which bloom every spring. On the west, La Conner is bordered by the Swinomish Channel, which provides safe marine access to Samish Bay and the San Juan Islands. The alternative is to navigate through Deception Pass, which...

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Sep 9, 2013 - Camano Island

We are staying on Camano Island, which is located in Puget Sound north of both Seattle and Everett. It is a tranquil and low-key place, with little traffic and great beauty. The island was named by Spanish explorer Jacinto Camano and first settled in 1853. It is 17 miles long and 7 miles wide at its narrowest. There are several state parks and a number of sandy, or small-gravel, beaches. Saratoga Passage runs up its western shore, which provides marine access to the Strait of Juan De Fuca via Deception Pass. The eastern shore allows views...

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Sep 3, 2013 - Boston-to-Seattle

So here we are, living our West-Coast life again. We closed up the house on Branch in late August and drove a rental car to Boston's Logan Airport. We took the "red-eye" across the country to Sea-Tac, spending what remained of the night at La Quinta Hotel right at the end of the Sea-Tac runways (not a good choice). The trip was pretty smooth and Miss Daisy came through fine, ready for action when she finally arrived. The next day, we took the RV out of storage and set up our camping site on Camano Island north of Seattle. From our earlier...

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