Tuesday, January 3, 2012

First Hike of the New Year

The state park system in Washington tries to hold a first hike of the year - weather permitting. This year I joined a group of eager hikers and participated in a New Year's Day hike at Deception Pass State Park on Fidalgo Island. There was quite a good turnout of adults, kids, babies, and even dogs. We met at the parking lot at Bowman Bay where a ranger greeted us and gave us information about the local natural habitat. Then he led us down the trail...

We walked along the beach at Bowman Bay
toward Lighthouse Point...

A search and rescue dog even came along - just in case...

View of Lottie Bay...

The emerald waters of Lottie Bay
with Deception Pass Bridge in the distance...

The deep, still waters of Deception Pass...

Deception Pass Bridge connects Fidalgo Island with Whidbey Island...

The end of the pier at Bowman Bay...

A resting seagull...

View of Deception Island from Rosario Head...

A sailboat leaving Bowman Bay...


View from Rosario Head...where sky meets water...

View from Rosario Beach looking toward Lopez Island...

An old log washed up on Rosario Beach...

Kayakers enjoying the last hours of daylight...

Dramatic skies end our day and hike...


The skies may have been gray and overcast, but they did not disappoint especially since they didn't shower rain upon us! Thanks to my blogging buddy at Fidalgo Island Crossings for suggesting this wonderful hike at one of my favorite state parks.

4 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

What a perfect beginning to the year, Linnea. Deception Pass is such a beautiful place, and your photos are particularly pleasing to someone who loves boats, oceans and gulls!
Wishing you more of the same throughout 2012.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Great photos that look like scenes out of some movies.

Dave Wenning said...

Amazing! We chose many of the same shots for our respective blogs. You know that means I did well. Thanks for sharing the day.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

What a great post and a awesome start to your year! I really like the dramatic skies.