Friday is another clear-blue-sky day and perfect for the 80 mile drive north to Anacortes. We pull into the Swinomish Casino RV Park around noon and get set up in our level gravel site, backed up to a huge green grass area with lovely views of Mount Baker.
Anacortes can be an expensive place to stay, and I'm very happy with our $32/night for FHUs with 30 amp and good water pressure. We're right next to the hotel which is very quiet as it buffers the Hwy 20 noise. We received an email last week letting us know there was casino construction that might be noisy, but we don't hear it during our visit.
However, our last two days we do get a lot of noise from another source.....
Friday afternoon we explore the little town and enjoy a late lunch at Calico Cupboard, a sweet diner with a unique menu.
|Brussel Sprout Hash - divine!!|
|Comparing Mill Row in 1925 to the current view from Cap Sante. Once home to numerous mills, the last one succumbed to fire in 1992, leaving a very active marina.|
|Views from Cap Sante.|
|Colorful Madronne trees surround the scenic point.|
|The 2 mile straight-up-check-your-transmission-and-brakes road to the Mount Erie look-out takes us through a thick forest.|
|Erie Lake in the forefront with Burrows Bay in the background.|
|West over Fidalgo Island|
|Parallel to the shore, the turned bridge allows boats to pass.|
|It pivots to allow trains to cross.|
|The Baker River joins the Skagit River at the base of the Northern Cascade Mountains.|
|Sun diamonds sparkle in the ripples.|
|I love the clear water.|
We haven't cleaned out the basement bins in over 18 months so Monday is the day. Tossing out a handful of things we haven't used (flimsy tripod, door mat, etc) and a bag of trash, we (Bill) reorganize and reload everything. It feels good to have extra room we aren't using!
|More room with that storage unit on top :-)))))|
It is humbling to stop and recognize what a blessed life we are living. Last year at this time we were being amazed by the natural and spiritual beauty of Devils Tower in Wyoming, and here we are at the San Juan Islands in a drastically different environment being just as amazed.
|Winter storms must be impressive here.|
|Rocky fingers play subtle music on the bay.|
|This beautiful wooden boat reminds me of a small Chinese Junk.|
|The Washington Park Scenic Loop meanders through a forest with peeks of the surrounding water.|
|Single parking spots provide opportunities to view the rocky shores.|
In our two years on the road we have been exceptionally lucky to miss most extreme temps, bad storms, and fires. With 100 fires burning in British Columbia our luck runs out on Tuesday as the smoke begins to move in.
And then the railroad construction begins on Wednesday.......