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October 7, 2011 / mws

2011 Whidbey Island, October

October 3, 2011  Whidbey Island is one of nine islands that are located about 30 miles north of Seattle.  Whidbey Island forms the northern border of the Puget Sound.  It is a lovely area and has a lot for visitors to explore.  Oak Harbor is our home base for this leg of the journey.

Whidbey Island, Washington

To reach Oak Harbor we crossed the Deception Pass Bridge which is considered one of the scenic wonders of the Pacific Northwest.   Deception Pass

Deception State Park is located here with lovely views and lots of hiking trails. We stopped here at Deception State Park and found the trailhead to Goose Rock Summit.  From the summit there is a view of the Puget Sound.  To the north is Mount Erie. To the west is the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Olympic Mountains, and the San Juan Islands.  To the south is Mt Ranier rising above a rolling Whidbey countryside.  From the summit you can hear and see the United States Oak Harbor Naval Station fighters taking off.Puget Sound from Goose Rock Summit

October 4, 2011  We started the day by touring Whidbey Island.  There are very nice villages and parks throughout the island.  We stopped at the Whidbey Greenbank Farm. There are shops, art galleries and a cafe located there among interesting landscaping. Greenbank Farm, Whidbey Island Our drive south to Seattle was filled with melancholy thoughts as we knew that this Pacific Northwest journey was coming to an end.  It was an incredible trip with many fun adventures and will stay in our memories for a long time to come.

To see more photos from Whidbey Island, click here

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