Hey guys! We crossed another one off the bucket list this week. For my birthday we decided to take the drive up to Deception Pass State Park and spend the day by the water. I can definitely see why this is the most visited park in Washington State. The views were absolutely stunning and there is so much to do.
We spent most of our day at Rosario Beach, which is actually a pair of beaches located on the Fidalgo Island side of Deception Pass State Park. Rosario Beach is a great place to spend a day with the family exploring tide pools and picnicking in the meadow. Since we visited on a Monday it wasn’t very crowded, which gave us tons of room to explore. The beach was speckled with small pieces of sea glass, agates, driftwood and sea life. The girls had a lot of fun wandering the beach, playing with rocks and watching the crabs. We also found a starfish washed up on the rocks, which was a great teaching experience.
The Maiden Of Deception Pass
After some time on the beach we took a walk up to the story pole carving of Ko-Kwal-alwoot, the Maiden of Deception Pass. According to Samish tribal tradition, this maiden risked her life to save the tribe from starvation by agreeing to marry a man of the sea who threatened to take the plentiful sea-life away from the area if she didn’t. Her father demanded that she return annually so he could check on her well-being. After about 4 years of visits she had become so accustomed to the sea she decided stop visiting and stayed underwater. Legend says her hair can be seen drifting with the flow of tide around Deception Pass.
This was probably one of my favorite things about our visit to the Pass. I have such an appreciation for old legends and traditions and I always get caught up in the stories.You can read the full story of the maiden on plaques posted around the story pole. The plaques also give some insight to the Samish people and their traditions.
From the story pole carving you can see the second beach with tide pools. We decided not to walk down to the tide pools with the girls because they are still a bit too young, but it was fun to sit and watch all the people who were exploring. Finley found an old tree to play with and they both really enjoyed picking the flowers. The meadow area has picnic tables and a trail that will take you to the nearby Bowman beach. I’ve heard this is a good beach for spotting the occasional whale or sea lion, but we didn’t see any on our visit.
If you are planning a trip to Washington state this summer, I would absolutely recommend adding Deception Pass State Park to your travel plans. There is so much more to do than was even covered in this post and sites you truly wouldn’t want to miss. Don’t forget to stop for some drive-thru ice cream on your way out!
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