Bridge Over Deception Pass

An example of geometry in construction.

We finished up our recent Alaska vacation with a few days in the Seattle area, visiting Mike’s cousin Rick. Rick took us on an overnight trip out to the islands northwest of Seattle. Although we initially got on the wrong ferry (and wound up on the wrong island) we eventually made it to our destination on Whidbey Island.

Along the way, we stopped at Deception Pass. This is a narrow straight of water with an extremely fast current during tide movements. According to Wikipedia, which has separate entries on Deception Pass and the Deception Pass Bridge:

In the spring of 1792, Joseph Whidbey, master of the HMS Discovery and Captain Vancouver’s chief navigator, sailed through the narrow passage that is now called Deception Pass and proved that it was not really a small bay as charted by the Spaniards (hence the name “Deception”), but a deep and turbulent channel that connects the Strait of Juan de Fuca with the Saratoga Passage, which separates the mainland from what they believed was a peninsula (actually Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island).

Deception Pass BridgeThe Deception Pass Bridge crosses over this strait, about 180 feet above the water (depending on the tide). There are actually two spans to the bridge with a small uninhabited island between them. There’s limited parking on both ends of the bridge with plenty of places to stop and take in the view.

Deception Pass BridgeThe bridge includes a 3-foot wide sidewalk on each side, which is definitely not recommended for those who are afraid of heights. We walked across on one side and back on the other. To prevent people from crossing the relatively busy roadway, a flight of stairs leads to a pathway under the bridge on either bank. That’s where I took this photo. I liked the symmetry of the construction and the fact that I could frame the photo in such a way that the pattern seemed to go on forever. This is a theme I try to capture in my photos when I can: infinity.

There were kayakers down on the water, braving the strong current. And lots of people walking around in the vicinity of the bridge. If you’re ever in the area, sop by and check it out.

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2 thoughts on “Bridge Over Deception Pass

  1. I do love bridges. Some are fascinating but almost all have character to one degree or another. I think my favorite is the Ben Franklin bridge that spans the Delaware river between Camden, NJ and Philadelohia, Pa.

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