Monthly Archives: October 2017

Deception Pass a Tour to Remember

Actually a water “Passage” not a Pass, our Deception Pass Tour is another of our unique Northwest tours, and takes 6-7 hours.

From Seattle, you will travel North to Mount Vernon, and cross the famous Skagit Valley with its highly nutrient soil. This valley provides a plethora of vegetables, berries, and flowers.

Once through the valley, Deception Pass is the next destination, with it’s beautiful Bridge.  The Deception Pass Bridge is a very popular destination in the Northwest. The views are breathtaking, of North Puget Sound and the Straight of Juan de Fuca. The bridge itself has a fun story of its own, which we’ll share, then invite you to walk across the bridge, or ride with us in our comfortable SUV.  The walk is pretty exciting -and beautiful- and so is the drive.

Once across, we suggest taking a .9 mile trail to the beach, where driftwood, sand, and waves greet you at the shore, along with seagulls and other shore birds.  The Naval Air Station nearby sometimes has fly-byes of various military planes, and sometimes it feels like an airshow.  Other times it is very quiet with no airplanes, which is a wonderful and peaceful experience, listening to the waves lap on shore.

Your next stop is in Coupeville, an historic town you will love. We’ve included lunch with this tour to further your local experience along Puget sound.  The view is tranquil, overlooking the pier and Puget Sound.  You’ll find you are fully immersed with the region, just what the doctor ordered! (Actually, no doctors orders needed).

Next, you’ll visit Admiralty Head lighthouse and Fort Casey, the last stops on the island. These are remnants of a military fort built in 1901 and are very interesting with beautiful scenery.  Finally, you’re off to the Clinton Ferry Dock.  The ferry portion of this tour is as fun as all the other experiences, with 30 minutes of water travel before reaching the mainland. From there it’s a short ride back to Seattle.

Come join us on this unique Northwest Tour.  Book today at

trail sign

trail sign

Madrona shedding

Madrona tree- shedding

Fort stairs

Fort stairs

Fort from parking lot

Fort from parking

on the Cannon

on the Cannon

Bridge view West

Bridge view West

beach and bridge

beach driftwood and bridge

Admiralty Head Lighthous

Admiralty Head Lighthouse

Mount Saint Helens

Yesterday we visited Mount Saint Helens, during that fall storm of 2016. It was beautiful, the deciduous trees in yellow and orange, and the evergreens were green as ever. Our first stop was to the Silver Lake Visitors Center, and it is very worth the stop.  The movie they show of the eruption is actual video from 1980, and shows the amazing destruction of the blast and the aftermath.

the window

Johnston Ridge window

the road view

On the way to Johnston Ridge

colorful trees

colorful trees

some trees

some trees













The Forest Learning Center was closed, but is a great place to stop in the summer.

Nine miles from Johnston Ridge, we came across many waterfalls, and boy the water was gushing. The 2016 October storm brought so much rain, we were lucky to see the run-off with all its splendor. Once at Johnston Ridge, we got out of the SUV to find the wind much worse than we thought. The wind speed must have been 25-40 miles an hour; it literally blew us around as we walked up to the Visitors Center. Maybe they should put in a meter to measure wind speed when this happens, that would be fun!

Once inside, the winds were unnoticeable. The real tree trunk, photos, and interactive displays were intriguing, and let us get a full understanding of the destruction. This volcano, Mount Saint Helens, is still very active. Here at Johnston Ridge, they also had a movie, and it was more detailed using technology. They enhanced the actual footage from a photographer taken back in 1980, and give the viewer a deeper understanding of the entire landscape changes following the blast. My, it makes one think. Mount Saint Helens today was not visible, but that was okay, the rest was amazing!

The day from start to finish was 9 hours, with a nice relaxing hot lunch included.

I recommend this Mount Saint Helens trip late spring to mid fall, and you can get there with us, at Cheryl’s Northwest Tours LLC.  We offer private tours, and also group tours in our  SUV. If you have more than 6 guests, we also use a Mercedes Sprinter van or a motor coach, and if you have one arranged, we can simply join you with your group and take the work out of your day!

We offer a large variety of nearby and regional tours.  I invite you to visit our website for more wonderful excursions that will enlighten and intrigue.