Jack Hartt is Park Manager of Deception Pass State Park.
The tragedy of the Skagit River I-5 bridge collapse several weeks ago may have disrupted the business and travel plans of everyone in the region, but at least some good came out of it.
The year: 1792. Your mission: explore an unrecorded inland sea to discover where it leads, especially if it connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific.
The good news: the swim beach at the west side of Cranberry Lake received a clean bill of health last month. The E. coli numbers have dropped back to almost non-existent levels. The lake has restored its health.