DECEPTION PASS STATE PARK, WA - Mild weather, the sea, and bones of the lost. On weekends they hold rituals in the amphitheater. Last time they had a bluegrass band, a requiem. Today there was a six-foot skull strapped to a utility trailer.
The nearby bridge and cliffs, nearly two-hundred feet above deadly rapids, are dangerous beauties - known cannibals. These Sirens lure and lull men, roadside tourists - to dash their bones on rocks.
Deception Pass has a long history of disappearing people, the site of countless tragic accidents. Tidal currents carry bodies far out to sea. Local authorities find their cars abandoned, unlocked. These ghosts sit with me - at the campfire.