February was a snowy and frigid month, but we did have a weekend that was good for getting outside. We decided to get our boat chores done one Saturday morning and then explore Deception Pass State Park. We have passed under the Deception Pass bridge which connects the Straight of Juan de Fuca to Skagit Bay many times, but had never seen it by land.
Going through by boat can be hairy if you don’t time the currents right. When the tide is coming in or going out the currents can get up to several knots. It’s a tight passage with lots of rocks and lots of boats wanting to go in both directions, so we always time it for slack current to make it a non-event.
On Saturday we came by car, and walked over the bridge. This turned out to be much scarier than I expected! I wanted to take a picture looking directly down from the bridge, but my stomach wouldn’t allow me to. So here is a shot from the bridge looking out and Larry pointing down. Neither of us could actually look down.
We’ve finally made the move from Seattle up to Anacortes, where we own, but have rented out for the past couple of years, a condo in Skyline. The condo is having some remodeling done, so we’ve been living on the boat for the past couple of weeks. We were greeted with plenty of snow and cold weather, as you can see here.
We survived the winter weather surprisingly well. The boat stays plenty warm, though we are giving the diesel heater a big workout. The biggest issue has been water (getting a bit low) and holding tank (getting a bit high). The local pumpout guy made it over after the worst of the snow, and as soon as it warmed up, we will fill up the water tanks.
Here’s the view out of the port side of the pilothouse.
And one looking back up towards the condo. Our unit is just to the left, out of this photo.
This was the view looking south from the Skyline Marina entrance the day after the storms.