Pacific Northwest - Day 5 - Ferry to Whidbey Island, Coupeville, and Deception Pass

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M/V Salish leaving port

Olympic National Park was great, but, it was time to move on. We had to make our way east towards North Cascades National Park. Since we were at the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula we had to use a ferry Service to get back to the main land. We chose the Port Townsend - Coupeville Ferry operated by the Washington State Ferries. This 9-km (5.6-mile) and 30-minute service links the pretty town of Port Townsend with the Whidbey Island. Whidbey Island is the fourth largest island in the contiguous states.

We had not reserved the Ferry and thus ran the risk of having to wait for hours or drive back south via the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which would add about 190 kilometers (118 miles) to our journey. Fortunately, and as anticipated, there was not much traffic in the middle of the day and the week.

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We had to wait for the next ferry to arrive and just roll on board the M/V Salish. Despite the weather forecast that predicted heavy rains we had beautiful sunny weather. A nice surprise, especially to enjoy on deck.

Whidbey Island is the site of the second oldest village of the State of Washington: Coupeville. Coupeville is a nice picturesque village with all kinds of old wooden houses. To our huge surprise we ran into a Dutch shop "A Touch of Dutch".

Another sight we visited on Whidbey Island, or actually just out of Whidbey is Deception Pass, and Deception Pass Bridge. See it here on the map.

Deception Pass Bridge as seen from the beach
This is at the northern most tip of the island where Whidbey Island is connected to its neighbor Fidalgo Island. The gap between the islands is so narrow that it was long thought to give access to a bay. In 1792 Joseph Whidbey proved this false. The bridge was opened in 1935 and is a true masterpiece. It is actually two bridges, since the road is led via a small rock like island just in between the islands.
We hiked a bit descending to the beach below the bridge where, until 1935, a ferry service, the Deception Pass ferry, was ran by Berte Olson, the first female ferry captain of Washington State.

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M/V Salish leaving port
M/V Salish leaving port
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An eagle as seen from the bridge
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Some nice flowers on Pass Island
Some nice flowers on Pass Island
Some nice flowers on Pass Island
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