The World of Daman Beatty

Camping at Deception Pass State Park, Whidbey Island, Washington USA

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Fatima and I discovered a most spectacular camping spot only one hour south of the Washington border!

This is the first part in a series of posts I will do about our travels to Whidbey Island, Washington.
Whidbey Island was explored in 1792 by our city’s namesake, Captain George Vancouver.

Whidbey Island, only an hour from the Canadian border
(Whidbey Island, only an hour from the Canadian border)

Royal Navy officers and members of Vancouver’s expedition, Joseph Whidbey (Chief Navigator) and Peter Puget, mapped and explored the areas later named Puget Sound. Peter got the Sound, and Vancouver named this island after Joseph.

Below Deception Pass Bridge
(Our view underneath Deception Pass Bridge)

Whidbey Island is connected to the mainland by Deception Pass Bridge in the north and a ferry in the south. In that spring of 1792, Joseph Whidbey, master of the HMS Discovery proved that it was not really a small bay as charted by the Spaniards (hence the name “Deception”).

Waters Below Deception Pass Bridge
(Waters Below Deception Pass Bridge)

He showed that is was instead a deep and turbulent channel connecting the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Saratoga Passage, which separates the mainland from what they thought was a peninsula (actually Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island). Thomas Coupe, a sea captain and founder of Coupeville, Whidbey Island was the only man ever to sail a full-rigged ship through there – more on him later!

Our tent at Deception Pass Park
(Our tent and camping site at Deception Pass State Park)

Fatima and Daman inside our tent at Deception Pass Park
(Fatima and I inside our tent at Deception Pass Park)

The campground at Deception Pass State Park lies beneath this bridge and the views are spectacular. Take a closer look with our photos and video – all taken in and around the park (except for that last one which is our tent drying out on our balcony back home!).

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