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Monday, June 25, 2012

Newhalem to Port Angeles ~ Deception Pass

Newhalem to Port Angeles ~ Deception Pass

Deception Pass Bridge
The campground in Newhalem was not overly populated. The tourist season is just on the verge of going into full bloom. Several Park Rangers have said the same thing… that is they are only busy for a month and a half; summer is short here in the higher elevations. When we pulled in to select a site, a fellow truck camper waved to us and we decided to pick a spot two trees down. Bill and Susan told us that this was a favorite campground of theirs. I forgot to ask if they were retired, but with their dog Daisy, they were having a good time walking the many trails in the park.

Morning routine goes something like this; up early, bathroom duties, blog writing, breakfast, dishwashing (hers) drying (mine). Unhook utilities (if available) and off we go on today’s adventure journey. Cool 50 degrees with partly cloudy skies.

On the Ferry to Port Townsend,WA
US 20 runs right into an island which is connected by Deception Pass Bridge. Spectacular, stunning, beautiful must stop for a photo. We drove by little towns like Whidbey, Oak Harbor, Coupeville all having their shops and tourist attractions. We knew that at the end of road we would have to take a ferry to Port Townsend to get to Port Angeles to get to Victoria, BC. It was an exciting time to drive our truck camper unto this big ship. We were first on board followed by several tractor trailer rigs. Maybe forty-five minutes across Admiralty Inlet.

We stayed at an RV campground with WiFi. One of our first disappointments on the trip was our planned trip to Victoria. The ferry from Port Angeles was pricy and on the other end of Vancouver Island we would have to take the ferry to Alaska to go north to Prince Rupert (not in our plans). We thought we might ride our bikes in Victoria, but rain was in the forecast. All in all it wasn’t meant to be so… as I always say, “we are in a canoe without paddles“ and the current is flowing in a different direction.

That is what we did and saw

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