From the boat, he could see the trees rising from Admiralty Inlet. The tall pines, the lowland salt marshes, the sandy beaches all beckoned him to come ashore. Then, as if by divine intervention, the trees parted to reveal a prairie on an island. Isaac Ebey would later write to his brother Winfield about Whidbey Island, calling it “…almost a paradise of nature.”
Historians can only speculate, but that first view of Whidbey Island by its first European American resident must have been breathtaking. So many who now call this beautiful island home experienced their first view in a similar way as Ebey, seeing it from the observation deck of one of a Washington State ferry. His journey is mirrored in the lives of many of today’s Whidbey Islanders.