The island is incredible driving, hiking, cycling or just jumping on a ferry to blew my mind. Its like everywhere I went seemed to be better than the place I left.
Starting on the North side of the island you have Deception Pass, there you can get in some hiking, biking, fishing or just sightseeing. Trails throughout the area take you from the top of the bridge to the Puget Sound or to Pass Lake where the bass seem to jump into your frying pan.
Working my way South you get to Oak Harbor, a nice small city with some modern and classic American life. There are two Navy bases there, NAS Oak Harbor is where numerous Squadrons are stationed and the other one is mainly living and shopping. And then there is Sailing, what can I say...
Further South you get to Coupville a very nice and small town where antiques and relaxation are the way to live.
Next comes Greenbank, Freeland and Clinton. Here life is relaxing and hiking, biking and fishing rule. Also down here there are some great areas to scuba dive or snorkel.
We went down the bridge- walk down the hill, walked on rocks to get down to the ocean shore. There are nice beaches below the Deception Pass. There are tons of wood drifts and we used them for make shift seating. I picked up some white tiny pebbles to put in my aquarium! My children just walk around the seashore looking for beautiful stones!
Some visitors just drive across the bridge slowly to take a good view of the Deception Pass. But for me, I drove across the bridge and stopped by the information center and get pamphlets about the island and then parked my car. I was afraid of height but I had to get over it! I walked across the Deception Pass bridge and look down below! What a wonderful view! The mountains, the buff, the water, the shore, the beaches - all these were my panoramic views from the bridge!
Fort Ebey State Park has miles of walking trails. Many of the trails follow the bluffs and have a beautiful view of the water. You can follow the trails to the old gun implacements that are dug into the banks. There are also trails that the non-motorized bikes can use.
For more pictures of the campgrounds continue on the next pages...
If you drive over the bridge at Deception Pass, be sure to stop and take in the great view and the magnificent bridge. There is a place to stop at both ends, and you can walk across the bridge as well.
We hiked an easy trail named the Wilbert Trail. The entrance is located across the entrance to South Whidbey State Park. There are two trails; we hiked (walked) the shorter one, which is .8 miles long. The entrance is marked by a sign across Snugglers Cove road. Watch out for stinging needles. They will cause a rash and itch that lasts 15 minutes long.
Went to the Bayview Farmers Market on a Saturday in May 2006. Several vendors had booths with locally made arts, crafts, products, and food items. Not many produce farmers this early in the season. Friends enjoyed the homemade brownies, honey, and body butters. Some people were even selling goats.
The the benches with the mosiac glass tiles below was a nice piece of art. The giant chess set was fun to play with. The sustainable public restroom is intriguing.
A friend had a gyro from the vendor and she was not impressed with it.
Fort Ebey and Fort Casey are the two state parks in the Coupeville area. They are situated halfway up the Island. Fort Casey has a very limited amount of camping available. Fort Casey, however, is very interesting as there is the ruins of a pre-world war fort remaining. You can climb and explore throughout the fort.
Fort Ebey has the majority of camping available in Coupeville. Fort Ebey is located on the Straight of Juan de Fuca. It is a beautiful sight to watch the sunsets over the water. There is plenty of space for tent camping as well as motor homes. Campfire pits and tables are provided at each camp site. There is also showers available.
The two largest parks on the Island are Fort Ebey and Deception State Park.
Fort Ebey State Park and Deception State park are both very large and have miles of hiking trails. Whidbey Island also has a third large camping park and it's located on the Southern end of the Island. I prefer Fort Ebey and Deception Parks for their beauty and access to the water.
Fort Ebey was established as a Fort to protect the inland waterways of the Puget Sound. It was shut down just before the World War 2 conflict.
When Fort Casey was constructed, the old lighthouse had to be moved.
A new lighthouse was built on the present site in 1901. The Admiralty Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey serves now as a historic landmark and interpretive center.
The park was incorporated into Ebey's Landing National Historic Reserve in 1980.
Fort Casey State Park is a 467-acre marine camping park with a lighthouse and sweeping views of Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A coast artillery post features two historic guns on display.
Nice beach covered by old trees ... Great view on the surrounding islands.
Wonderful view from the battery.
More than 28 miles of mountain bike/hiking trails are available in the park and surrounding area. The park features para-gliding, surfing and gun batteries to explore. Eagles may be viewed at Lake Pondilla.
Fort Ebey was Battery 248, a gun battery to protect Puget Sound.
Its construction began in 1942 and the 2 six-inch guns were installed by the end of 1943.
The battery was designed to coordinate its fire with other installations on this coast between Fort Casey and Deception Pass. Fort Ebey maintained the alert during WW II but never fired their guns at anything but practice targets. The Army removed the gubs after the war but continued to use the property as a training facility. Conversion of military land to stat park began in 1965.
One of the major businesses on the Island is the Penn Cove Mussels. The large rafts that are anchored in Penn Cove have long ropes hanging down in the water. The weight of the mussels growing sinks the barges down to the water line. The mussels are harvested by machines when the rafts are just about sunk in the water. A nylon sock covers the mussels when they are growing to protect them from predictors, such as star fish.
Every year the town has a mussel festival. The local restaurants all serve their favorite recipes.
In the center of Coupeville there is a museum that specializes in the history of Coupeville. Much of that history includes the Indians, the original inhabitants of Coupeville.
During the thirties the Indians celebrated a water festival in Coupeville. Part of the festival included races in the Indian canoes. Today, those festivals are continued. In the summer a weekend is devoted to races with the Indian canoes and other traditional Indian customs.
The only remaining original cannon that could be found is now under going restoration. The cannon was found in the Philippines and had damage from the American shelling.
The cannon would fire a round then would lower itself below the top of the ground level to be reloaded.