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Libby Beach and Bowman Cove - November 2020

Daboo

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James (jtvisions) and I looked at the weather, and after a long spell of rain, we saw our chance. So with promises of dry weather and sunny skies, I headed north to James' house to meet up with him.

Unfortunately, before I could get there the Puget Sound Convergence Zone reared its ugly head.



Once I got north of Everett, the bad weather was behind me, and beautiful skies lay ahead. :)



Deception Pass and the bridge. If you have time, read the description on Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deception_Pass It's a place worth spending a couple hours at, though we didn't this time.
Currents

Deception Pass is a dramatic seascape where the tidal flow and whirlpools beneath the twin bridges connecting Fidalgo Island to Whidbey Island move quickly. During ]ebb and flood tide] current speed reaches about 8 knots (9.2 mph), flowing in opposite directions between ebb and flood. This swift current can lead to standing waves, large whirlpools, and roiling eddies. This swift current phenomenon can be viewed from the twin bridges' pedestrian walkways or from the trail leading below the larger south bridge from the parking lot on the Whidbey Island side. Boats can be seen waiting on either side of the pass for the current to stop or change direction before going through. Thrill-seeking kayakers go there during large tide changes to surf the standing waves and brave the class 2 and 3 rapid conditions.





One of the beaches we passed along the way.





Libby Beach. There's virtually no "beach" here. Still a nice place for a stop.

(Courtesy of jtvisions)




Bowman Cove



(Courtesy of jtvisions) That's me in the bright yellow.



On the other side of that passage, is Deception Pass.







Chris
 
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