Deception Pass

Deception Pass

Whidbey Island, the largest island in Puget Sound, features farmland and forest, scenic shoreline vistas and abundant parks. Captain George Vancouver discovered the island in 1792, naming it after Joseph Whidbey, his sailing master. Whidbey proved the island was not a peninsula by navigating Deception Pass. As we left the island, we stopped at the bridge and walked on it to view the strait separating Whidbey Island and Fidalgo Island with a view of Strawberry Island. We arrived on the island by taking a ferry from Mukilteo. We walked the main street of picturesque Langley, named in 1891 for Kudge James Weston Langley, president of a land development company. The Dog House Tavern, built in 1908, and taking on its current name in 1937 caught my attention as a classic building. We enjoyed a great meal at Primo Bistro on a deck overlooking the water. We traveled to Fort Ebey State Park where we hiked the Bluff Trail to Battery 248, the primary gun battery of Fort Ebey to protect Puget Sound from the Japanese. Building started in 1942 and was completed in 1943. State park use began in 1965. We returned to the parked car on a trail and encountered a deer tasting the park’s delicacies. We have much more to explore on Whidbey Island.

We camped for two nights in front of my wife’s brother’s home in Everett. He and his wife shared the Boeing tour and drive around Whidbey Island. It was great to meet my wife’s nephew and niece, and to enjoy the cooking of her sister-in-law.

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