Monday was another teacher work day, which means the kids have to go on an adventure with their dad. The morning started out lazy and I let them watch Journey to the Center of the Earth to help inspire them. Then we packed some food and extra layers jumped in the “Adventure Mobile” and headed to REI. My Discover Pass for Washington State Parks had just expired so I need another annual pass! Then off we were to Deception Pass State Park!
It had been a while since we had visited the park and our visits had always been on the Whidbey Island side, so I wanted to explore the trails on the other side. We parked down by the Bowman Bay Boat Launch where there is also a decent playground and headed toward Rosario Head. The trail was in great shape, but there are countless spots where one could slip off a cliff and end up on the rocks below. Needless to say we all were cautious hikers!
Soon we were there and looked back toward Bowman Bay, past the cove with the boat in the picture below.
There is a loop trail on Rosario Head that we followed.
Levi being a typical 9 year old boy found a stick to carry along. Yes, he did poke his sister with it if you must know.
Some of the cliffs with the large mass of clouds that seemed to abruptly end just over the water.
We paused at this rock while the kids jumped on and off it, sharing their tips on how best to quickly get on top of the rock. Rocks will always be one of the best toys ever!
A closer look at the boat in the cove showed it was fairly weathered, complete with a boarded up window. We chatted about what the story was on the boat as we walked back toward Bowman Bay.
Passing Bowman Bay we followed the trail around toward Lighthouse Point. From there we could see the Deception Pass bridge. Once, a long time ago Ben and I walked about 38 miles in 16 hours and walked over that bridge. We will have to share that story sometime. Because of that and memories of walking out on the bridge with my kids when they were smaller, I always smile when I see that bridge. Memories are great!
Climbing onto a grassy island like bluff at the end of Lighthouse Point.
Just the three of us on the grassy bluff.
We followed some trails around on Lighthouse Point and had a great time exploring. Soon we were back at Bowman Bay.
Since it was just about sunset I checked with the kids and they said “Yes!” when I asked them if they wanted to stay a while and watch the sunset. Then they ran toward the playground. I guess watching the sunset means different things to kids. I put on some layers and soaked in the beauty of a December sunset at Deception Pass!
Deception Pass is a wonderful State Park that you should visit year round. We had an awesome time creating memories with each other. If you go on cold days like we did it will feel like the park is all yours!
Adventure Date: December 2, 2013