Monthly Archives: March 2018

Island fun with Forts and Seafood

Spotlight: Whidbey Island – Deception Pass. Another favorite for locals and guests, this island tour has variety and isn’t too far to get to.

Deception Pass is a water-passage at the opening of Puget Sound where the tides come in and out, bringing an abundance of life to the Puget Sound Region. During the day, you’ll visit an historic military fort in Fort Casey State Park, and see the Admiralty Lighthouse. Because you’re on an island, you can see across Puget Sound to other islands too.

You’ll see a mussel farm and enjoy a seafood lunch, unless you don’t like seafood, in which case we’ll have something else!  Later you’ll undoubtedly see colorful sea stars lavishing under the end of the pier in historic Coupeville, and if the tide is out, you can easily see mussels, barnacles, sea stars, seaweed, and more, right on the beach. Great Blue Heron enjoy this area too and I love seeing these blue/gray birds.

You’ll walk across the 180 foot high Deception Pass bridge if you like, as well as walk a trail to the beach in Deception Pass State Park. At the other end of the island, you’ll take a short ferry ride, then return to your hotel. This is a very popular tour!

To book this tour, go to http://cherylsnorthwesttours.com/near-seattle-tours.php

Seafood dish

Seafood dish

Saltwater Driftwood

Saltwater Driftwood

Deception Pass Bridge

Deception Pass Bridge

Fort Casey State Park

Fort Casey State Park

About the Pass Bridge

About the Pass Bridge

Viewpoint

Viewpoint

Admiralty Lighthouse

Admiralty Lighthouse

Historic Coupeville

Historic Coupeville

Mount St Helens Ape Cave

A cave, under Mount Saint Helens! The Ape Cave, created over 1900 years ago and found in the early 1947s is amazing! About 1900 years ago Mount Saint Helens erupted and a gas bubble under the earth traveled over a mile through the earth. It formed a giant tunnel, unknown to humans until it was discovered in 1947 by a logger.  You can walk in it.  In 1951 a youth group explored the cave, and named the cave after a legend of Apes in the area. (There are no apes in the area.) We provide you with lights, and you will walk down the tunnel until it gets too small to pass through. About 40 minutes each way, it’s such an experience you’ll tell stories about it for years. A Natural Wonder.

On the way you’ll learn about the history of the area, and stop for snacks. You’ll visit one Visitor Center to see the 1980 information, and then you’ll proceed to the Ape Cave.

Another stop on this fun Ape Cave tour is the Trail of Two Forests. Not a long walk and on a boardwalk, you see wonderful cement chimney stacks which are really former trees.  Fun for kids to climb in, interesting scenery for adults.

Lunch is included.