Jack Hartt is Park Manager of Deception Pass State Park.
It was spring, 1972. I was part of a high school marine biology field trip to Reid Island State Park in the San Juans.
It's not often you get to say Happy Birthday to a 94 yearold. Your chance to sing and blow out candles comes on March 23, when Deception Pass celebrates its 94th year as a Washington State Park.
Parks have been called "Islands of Hope", refuges for protecting our environment, our diverse cultural heritages, our adventurous spirits, and our sanity.
Sometimes I forget that change is constant. Our planet, our lives, our health, our relationships, our economy, our pocketbooks, our weather, our tides, our hopes and dreams–they all change, year by year, day by day, even minute by minute.
We knew it would blow. Park staff warned our Friday night campers of the coming wind storm predicted to hit us the next day, and that we may have to close the campground.