Access to the other San Juan Islands is one of the highlights of staying on Fidalgo Island, in Anacortes. Having wonderful friends staying on Lopez Island for the summer is the best!!
Tuesday morning we take our first ferry ride - we walk on as Eric and Laurel will pick us up when we land. Remember that it's our first time......
|I love the Elwha River story so it's special that our ferry is named for her.|
|Islands, large and small, surround us.|
|The skies are getting grayer as we get closer to our destination. Unfortunately it's not clouds.|
Eric and Laurel are sure we took the wrong ferry until we finally head up the ramp - it's wonderful to see their smiles!
They have worked the last five years as interpretive hosts for the state park here, and are the perfect guides for natural, historic and community highlights. We start off with coffee and a stroll through the cute bookstore and gallery, then head for Fisherman Bay. Before heading to their home for lunch we stop at the Horse Drawn Farm.
|This beautiful sculpture reminds me of the Pisces symbol.|
|Laurel and Eric, our fun and knowledgeable hosts at Fisherman Bay. Love these two!|
|A magical place to pick up delicious produce on the honor system - what a treat!|
|Not just produce......|
"Round 2" begins with a stop at a peaceful cove. Well, it looks like it's peaceful when the beach isn't full of families. The temps are warmer than normal so folks are naturally drawn to the water.
|A perfect spot to anchor for an afternoon or overnight.|
|Jelly Fish disguised as a large plastic daisy.|
|Artistic driftwood. Also great bleacher seats for the beach!|
I forgot my camera. And my phone!
Can't blame this one on inexperience, I just blew it.
Both Eric and Laurel offer to let me use their photos, and their camera. Such good peeps these friends are.
Even with the thickening smoke, this is a special place. I'm grateful for our time here. We have to come back for sure.
|In the distance Cattle Point Lighthouse on San Juan Island keeps watch where the Haro Strait meets the San Juan Channel. (Thanks Eric!)|
|These harbor seals look like they're floating on the water. Babies splash around the quieter adults. (Thanks Eric :-)))|
Yes, we successfully depart the ferry in Anacortes. Stop snickering. Stop it.
With the smoke much thicker on Wednesday morning we abandon our plans to visit Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. We also decide to leave home for a few hours.
|The Big Banging Piston Monster|
Yet another great recommendation from Eric, we visit the cute town of La Conner. Sitting along the Swinomish Channel, the historic burg is home to less than 1000 residents - but draws many more tourists to its galleries, shops, eateries and lodgings.
We find a parking spot along the main street and enjoy an afternoon of window shopping and people watching.
|The signage is as lovely as the wares.|
|Several galleries display a variety of styles.|
|Some courtyards are whimsical.|
|Some are serene.|
spoken to the night sky
reflected by the stars
and heard in the hearts
of those with silent minds.
Lloyd Wannell, 2009
|As is often the case in historic towns, the architecture is striking.|
|Dirty Biter - a cute tribute to a little town dog who was loved by all who knew him. He had his own bar stool and place on the dance floor at the tavern next door to his statue. This courtyard is called Dirty Biter Park in his honor.|
Thursday is our last day. It's still smokey and expected to be hot. And the banger is back.
Let's take a drive in the air conditioned Jeep!
Taking back roads, we drive to Bellingham with a side trip to Samish Island. Open fields of wheat and other agriculture, hardwood forests, lovely island homes, and beautiful bay views entertain us as we take our time exploring this unique area.
|Weathered stripes give this old barn such character.|
|Many of the Samish Island homes look like they grew there.|
|The views from the front must be wonderful sans the smoke.|
|.......in Bellingham - bbbbb,bb|
|Love their stairs :-)))|
|Good night to smokey skies.|