My wife and I recently visited beautiful San Juan Island. We have visited Friday Harbor several times, so this time we decided to take our car so we could explore the entire island.
We were stunned by the beauty and diversity of landscapes on the island. From driftwood covered beaches to solid rock outcroppings covered in vegetation; thick forests, wide lakes, and grassy plains. I was very excited to see the locations of the American and British Camps from the era of the notorious “Pig War”
Our journey began from the Anacortes Ferry Terminal on board the Elwha. While a glorious, sunny day, it being a Tuesday meant that we had very few fellow passengers compared to previous weekend trips.
The crossing was smooth as glass, no waves.
Friday Harbor was devoid of large crowds, which was a delight. We had a nice breakfast and headed out to explore. Our first stop was the American Camp.
We stopped at the Lime Kiln State Park to see the lighthouse and (we hoped) some of the whales that frequent the sound. Unfortunately the fish weren’t flying!
From here we visited the English Camp. Being British the camp was considerably more comfortable than the American location at the south end of the island.
We also visited Roche Harbor, which is probably one of the most picturesque towns I have had the pleasure to visit.
We had a wonderful time exploring and I would love to someday own a home on this piece of paradise.