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Deception Pass & North Cascades National Park

It’s my last weekend in the states for a while, so to make the most of it, Adam and I went on a mini adventure to the North Cascades. It was also my first weekend without homework! Whoa. It feels so weird not having any homework to worry about… (Good weird, though!)

We left Friday evening and took the ferry to Whidbey Island. We stayed in an adorable Airbnb cottage in the woods (which I somehow forgot to take photos of) and ate ice cream for dinner. In the morning, we headed to North Cascades National Park. Along the way, we stopped to see Deception Pass. I had heard about how beautiful it was but purposely didn’t look up any photos of it before we arrived because I wanted to be surprised. :)

Deception Pass & North Cascades National Park

I was definitely surprised. The view from the bridge is incredible! The water was so blue. The history of this area is pretty interesting. I snagged this from Wiki: “A group of sailors led by Joseph Whidbey, part of the Vancouver Expedition, found and mapped Deception Pass on June 7, 1792. George Vancouver gave it the name ‘Deception’ because it had misled him into thinking Whidbey Island was a peninsula. The ‘deception’ was heightened due to Whidbey’s failure to find the strait at first.”

Deception Pass & North Cascades National Park

Deception Pass & North Cascades National Park

Deception Pass & North Cascades National Park

Deception Pass & North Cascades National Park

Deception Pass & North Cascades National Park

We brought our drone on the trip because we realized we hadn’t even touched it since January or so! We were pretty excited to play with it again but I think we both need more practice. (I’m still editing the videos we took!)

Deception Pass & North Cascades National Park

We camped at the Newhalem Campground which is a part of North Cascades National Park. We’ve been testing out different sleeping methods in the Element but I think this one takes the cake. We just brought our mattress from home! It fit perfectly and was soooo cozy.

Deception Pass & North Cascades National Park

Deception Pass & North Cascades National Park

Deception Pass & North Cascades National Park

Deception Pass & North Cascades National Park

We made gourmet mac & cheese for dinner (I know you’re jealous), complete with veggie dogs. My parents bought Adam a hammock for his birthday and this was our first time testing it out. Loved it! Super relaxing.

Deception Pass & North Cascades National Park

Deception Pass & North Cascades National Park

Deception Pass & North Cascades National Park

Deception Pass & North Cascades National Park

Deception Pass & North Cascades National Park

Deception Pass & North Cascades National Park

Deception Pass & North Cascades National Park

In the morning, we ate some oatmeal and then packed up our site to head to Diablo Lake. I still can’t get over how beautiful North Cascades National Park is. It’s my new favorite place in Washington. I took about a million photos there, so I’m saving them for a separate post! I’ll try to get that up soon… Thanks for reading! xo

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Craig Aude
    June 19, 2017 at 1:43 PM

    Ice cream for dinner? I’ll let it go this time. Ha, great pics.

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    Fiona
    June 19, 2017 at 8:21 PM

    So beautiful and how great to have a car you can sleep in – so many adventure possibilities :)

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    Nano @ Travel With Nano B.
    June 19, 2017 at 10:17 PM

    What a relaxing getaway, and the views look stunning! Hope to visit Washington one day.

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    Lynnae | So I'm Lost Again
    June 23, 2017 at 5:17 AM

    That water looks so nice and refreshing, but you look a bit chilly in the photos? What kind of weather does Washington get this time of year? We’ve had a heat wave here in Germany the past few days.

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      amandaaude@gmail.com
      June 23, 2017 at 11:51 AM

      The summer weather in Washington is a bit strange. We often call June “Junuary” because it can stay chilly until almost the 4th of July! But once the nice weather does kick in, it stays that way for a solid three months, with little to no rain. So yeah, it was probably in the low 60’s while we were camping and got colder at night. The next week in Seattle is all sunshine, though. High 80’s! Looks like summer has finally arrived.

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    Marina
    June 23, 2017 at 5:56 AM

    WASHINGTON! I love it so much. I can appreciate anywhere in the world, but Washington will always hold a special place in my heart.

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    Jae x SCATTERBRAIN
    June 29, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    I confess—I did get jealous of your gourmet mac & cheese with veggie dog! So I’ve never gone camping, and this could be the best option for me—to actually sleep on an actual bed propped at the back of an SUV! Hahaha! Oh, and as much as I know how lounging in a hammock feels relaxing, it also give me major anxiety! I’m afraid that it’d snap from the branches when I sit on it! Or is it just me?

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      amandaaude@gmail.com
      July 2, 2017 at 5:26 PM

      Haha yeah we were a bit scared to sit in the hammock at first! But it was pretty sturdy. :) And omg you have to go camping!!

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