Saturday, April 12, 2008
Yesterday we drove over Deception Pass, a strait that separates Whidbey Island from the rest of Washington. With an ominous name like Deception Pass, we imagined a treacherous story of hundreds of men falling to their deaths or being swindled out of a fortune or forced to eat each other to survive. As it turns out, it's called Deception Pass because it appeared to early explorers to be a narrow bay, which would have made Whidbey Island Whidbey Peninsula, when in fact it was a strait and therefore an island. I'd say the most deceptive thing about the pass is its name.