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Creating Memories at the Deception Pass Creating Memories at the Deception Pass
May 9, 2020
by Olena

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

by Olena

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

On my way to Los Cabos, while enjoying the breathtaking views, I finally had time to myself.

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

What is your life about?

For me, it’s all about creating memories. At the end of the day, that’s the only thing that stays with you forever and no one can take it away. I would be devastated if in 30-50 years I would not be able to close my eyes and smile.

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

It would hurt even more if my kids were missing the bright memories of their childhood. Can’t go back in time…just yet.

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

In a way my childhood was tough but in a way it was the best. I have very bright memories of worry free summers, yearly beach vacations and grandma’s fresh homemade food.

When me and Alex decided to move from Calgary to Vancouver in 2007, the main goal was to enjoy an outdoors lifestyle all year round in a mild climate. We have always been fascinated by the travel options of British Columbia and nearby United States.

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

It has been 5 years and we are finally settled. The jobs, the house, the kids…it’s all good. The move was very expensive, around $40,000, so it had to be justified…

This year we took it another step further and bought a little tent trailer. We used to do tent camping before the kids and were missing it a lot.

The first destination of choice was Deception Pass Park in Washington state in the US. It’s only 150 kms south from Vancouver, BC. Not bad if you go for a couple of days, which we did.

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

It was amazing to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, Internet and connect with nature.

It was time for creating memories…

hiking wild trails

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

wave watching

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

rock spotting

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

building sand castles

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

making rock towers

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

breathtaking sunsets

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

admiring the kite

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

and lots of “cheese” smiles

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

as well as unknown berry picking

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

burnt tree holes view picking

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

There is just something powerful about the massive amount of steel and iron construction of the Deception Pass bridge.

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

You realize it once you are under it…

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

It reminded me of a Brooklyn bridge in a way.

The area is full of small islands you can access only by water.

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

 

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

The North Beach is perfect for strolling and running. Some amazing rocks cover the shore. We can only imagine the years it took the water to polish the perfectly smooth surface and turn them into gems.

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

The West Beach is open and windy – perfect for grown up men to try their hand at kite…

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

And perfect for little men to board their own pirate ship equipped with a control cabin, guns and an emergency ladder.

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

We didn’t skip “hello” and “anybody home” log memories.

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

Neither there was a shortage of big brother rescue missions.

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

I didn’t take many photos of food as Alex decided to give me a break and was creating magic in his 3 burner stove+campfire forest kitchen. It was quite luxurious for a camping trip.

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

One thing I can tell you about my nutrition on this camping trip is that I didn’t go off the wheels at all. I can proudly say I have changed my lifestyle forever. We stopped at Trader Joes on the way to the park and stocked up on organic and natural food. Also got some exquisite bottles of wine.:)

The menu consisted of fresh clean and simple meals like omelettes, soup, whole wheat toasts, coffee, lean grilled meat, lots of fresh fruits and veggies. It was great, just like home. If I really wanted I could even make greena coladas but instead I just ate lots of pre washed veggies and salads.

I managed to shoot one dinner before it was gone.

Fire roasted tip sirloin

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

Foil campfire potatoes,

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

And arugula salad in a pot.

Creating Memories at the Deception Pass

As we were leaving the park full of memories, we decided to come back in fall to explore the nearby islands.
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  1. Love your pictures of Deception Pass. My family and I live very close to Deception pass and we love taking the kids there to watch the sunset 🙂

  2. Going camping with my family was always my favorite part of summer when I was younger. Great memories!

    What kind of camera do you have Olena? Your photos look fantastic.

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