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Old 12-14-2009, 10:17 PM   #11
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Re: Deception Pass

Hi Dave,

We spent our second-ever Escape night in site #43 at Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island. Beautiful park! There are a lot of really nice pull-through spots. Would have loved staying longer, but had to make it home to California in 3 nights.

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Old 12-15-2009, 08:55 AM   #12
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Thanks Cheryl. That looks like a great place for a housewarming.

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Old 03-27-2010, 11:08 PM   #13
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I had to look on a map as we have never stayed in that loop.
Our fave "was" site 112--but I read on the map that only 17' of the pad is flat and I do remember the Boler fit well, but not a lot of extra room. So probably won't try ther escape as the driveway was on a bit of an angle up...
We have booked 112 for the Easter weekend. We will let you know how the 17' fits..

Wow. Washington State Parks have an excellent web site.
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Old 03-28-2010, 04:25 PM   #14
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Puts our BC parks site to shame..
Oh, anxious to hear how the Escape fits....Such a nice walk on the trails there--we did the walk on the beach and around up to the bridge and then walked across the bridge. Have some very nice pictures.

Also a nice hike on the other side of the highway and you get a toally different view from the top.

I am working ALL next weekend--but it means some nice $$ as I have both stats--gotta pay for some new toys...(and cruise and tires upcoming for the car etc etc etc)
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:37 AM   #15
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Deception Pass State Park. Camped there a few years ago.

Few years ago? 1956 - 54 years ago!

Remember it well as a beautiful campground, wonderful trees, great weather. My brother and I were in our "puptent" and my parents in a Benroy teardrop trailer, one of 300 built. Some memories stay with us forever. Haven't been up that way since.
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Old 04-09-2010, 12:17 PM   #16
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We arrived Friday in the midst of a wind storm. Some vehicles were damaged by falling tree limbs. Park rangers filled out accident report forms for insurance claims.

It is a beautiful location. We loved being there. Since Americans don't get a holiday for Easter, most of the license plates were from BC. Site 112 has a nice view, unless site 111 gets filled by a particularly big rig. I'll post a picture this evening.

For unserviced sites, the pull-through 115 is very nice, but not level. Back-in 117 has the best view in the park - visible through your rear window. If those two are not available, 118 and 120 are very desireable.

Generally, the unserviced sites have better views. It seems that you don't get a sewer outlet in the serviced sites, but you get water and power.

I could not get a campfire going very well, and noticed a lot of fires in the campground were very smoky. I attribute part of this to my lack of skill and part of it to the steel fire-pit rings. Their walls are too high to allow air flow. I saw one couple who had used rocks to lift their ring several inches, and they had a good, low-smoke fire going.

There is a two-lane sewer dump that is free with camping, and $5 otherwise.

Monday morning came, and starting at 8:00, some EA-18G Growlers from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station started running laps. These are like F-18 Hornet fighter jets on steroids and equipped for electronic warfare. Now, I am ex-navy and love military aviation, but this was not my idea of a relaxing morning. For the 2.5 hours it took us to wake up, eat, pack, hitch and dump, the noise never stopped. There were times when you could not hear yourself shout, although mostly it was like standing half a block from a busy highway.

I gather weekends are usually quiet, but weekdays can be noisy. My advice is that you keep your tow vehicle ready for excursions. Anacortes is a very scenic town, as is Langley. I hear that Coupeville is nice. Oak Harbor is nice if you like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Jack-In-The-Box, etc. It is just a seviceable, practical small city, but with zero holiday appeal.

There are five off-leash parks on Whidbey Island, of which two are near Deception Pass. One of the five is an off-leash beach on the southern part of the island, but the weather wasn't good enough for driving that far for a beach walk. See the FETCH! web site. Anacortes also has a dog park.

You can dump your tanks for free right at the Anacortes waste water plant on the south side of 4th St between R Ave and T Ave.

All-in-all, a fine weekend. We will be going back.
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Old 04-11-2010, 01:22 PM   #17
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Thanks for the great review. I'll make reservations for a September stay as soon as we get all the pick-up details sorted.

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Old 04-15-2010, 03:07 AM   #18
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We returned today from three days at Deception Pass State Park.

I have posted a few pictures here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2733509...7623858530988/

We stayed in the Forest Loop at site #40 (a serviced site) which has huge trees all around. There were few trailers despite mostly good weather.

We took a day trip covering Whidbey Island and especially liked Coupeville, which has a lot of charm in its old buildings. The Admiralty Lighthouse near the Keystone Ferry is worth visiting. Anacortes is an interesting city with some magnificent houses both old and new and a neat downtown.

The jets that Ron mentioned occasionally flew over the campsite, but most of the time did their flying out to sea, which was appreciated.

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Old 04-15-2010, 06:38 PM   #19
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Great pictures Brian--we have never stayed in the serviced sites...I like the ones closer to the water.
I think that is my fave park...
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