The five days of boat ride surpassed even our high expectations, so it was with many regrets that we said farewell to Christine and Jeffrey and the David B. We found a fine dinner and a soft bed waiting for us at the home of my blog friend, Linda Sue. She and her husband provided meals, accommodations and entertaining conversation for us; both before and after our excursion through the
San Juan Islands.
The plan for the second part of our time away was a drive down the coast of
on the Oregon Pacific Coast Highway.
Our route took us down Washington Highway 20 and across Deception Pass Bridge which connects Whidbey Island to
It goes over a deep and narrow channel made extremely turbulent by the changing tide. The bridge, completed in 1935, is a two-lane span; 180 feet (depending on the tide) above the water.
People who are foolish enough to walk across have a passageway provided with a heavy steel barrier to protect them from the traffic. DH and I are that kind of fool.
The bridge cast a long shadow across the water in the early morning sun. As we braced ourselves against gusts of air and exhaust from passing trucks…
…we noticed a gathering of small boats in the channel below. We looked close and saw they were fishing a salmon run. While we watched, DH noticed some action in the boat you see on the lower left with the blue stripe. I zoomed in with my camera lens.
The fisherman had hooked something that appeared to be pretty big and was reeling it in.
He brought up a huge fish, then fumbled around and got his net under it.
With one hand he landed his catch.
When it was safely captured and brought into submission,
the guy sat down to move his boat out of its drift into the dangerous current.
We spent a little more time enjoying the beautiful view of Puget Sound
with Mount Baker as the backdrop and then continued on our way to the Pacific Ocean.