Archive | November 2012

Deception Pass Bridge

As we traveled along the main north/south route on Widbey Island in Puget Sound, we saw signs for Deception Pass…quite an ominous name! Back in 1792, explorer George Vancouver gave it the name “Deception” because it had misled him into thinking Whidbey Island was a peninsula. In the 1800’s, the area was known for smuggling. The bridge was not built until 1935.

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Unusual Find on Puget Sound

While strolling around the grounds of Fort Casey State Park in the state of Washington, we saw a lighthouse, a kite flying competition, some great mountain views, and ferries crossing Puget Sound to Port Townsend. Up on a hill, overlooking the Sound, was an old cannon. I debated on climbing up to take a picture, but thought it might make good shot. Lo and behold, as I came around to the front of the cannon, I saw it was marked “Watervliet Arsenal 1903”. Well, for someone from the Albany, NY area whose grandfather and uncle both worked at the arsenal which is in Albany County, this was the surprise vacation find of the decade 🙂

Climbing the Wall

As I sat on a bench in the Seattle Aquarium, I watched this starfish climb ever so slowly up the glass of the tank. I never really saw him (or is it a her?) moving, but as about 10-15 minutes went by, he had positioned himself halfway up the glass from the bottom.

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

We wandered through Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle marveling at all the stalls full of local products. The vendors were very friendly as they hawked their goods. We tasted some delicious items, and had some great conversations…no, we did not catch a flying fish! We wandered back through and bought some flowers, cheese and crackers, and fresh produce for our next day touring one of the islands in Puget Sound.