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April 20, 2013 at 9:35 PM

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Deception Pass State Park


BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The Nichols family from Arlington walks along the rocks on West Beach at Deception Pass State Park. They are frequent visitors to the park. "It's easy to come to and it's just so beautiful," said dad Calvin Nichols, right. "You just don't see anything like this in the world, especially the U.S."

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A couple takes in the sunset and the iconic bridge over Deception Pass from the north side of the strait connecting Skagit Bay with the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Dramatic currents can be seen sweeping beneath the bridge connecting Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands, especially at low tides.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Eowyn White, 7, of Utah, plays with a yellow ball on North Beach. Her family was in town visiting her grandparents on Whidbey Island.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The tide comes in over the stones on Rosario Beach on the Skagit County side of Deception Pass State Park as the last colors of sunset fade away.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Daniel Braun and his son Oliver Braun of Seattle stay warm by the fire at their favorite campsite with a view of the water at Bowman Bay Campground. After a long hike on a mostly cloudy day, they built a fire right as the sun came out.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A series of small stone cairns are lines up on the driftwood at West point, between West Beach and North Beach, the most popular spots for families at Deception Pass.

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