Tuesday on San Juan Island

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.

Anacortes Terminal
Anacortes Terminal
Mount Baker
Mount Baker

The crossing was smooth as glass, no waves.

From the Ferry
From the Ferry

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Sailboat in the water, view of the deck of the ferry
Sailboat in the water, view of the deck of the ferry

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Serene stillness in motion
Serene stillness in motion

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.

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Mount Baker from the camp
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The information center was closed, of course!
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Descriptive marker
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Overview of the grounds
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Officers quarters
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Inside one of the buildings
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Parade grounds
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Laundry shack

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!

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The lighthouse perch
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Beautiful sight
Surreal level of natural beauty here
Surreal level of natural beauty here
Incredibly clear waters too
Incredibly clear waters too

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.

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Entry sign
Descriptive plaque. Harbor access to boot
Descriptive plaque. Harbor access to boot
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Barracks building
Lovely old growth trees
Lovely old growth trees
Of course there would have to be an English garden!
Of course there would have to be an English garden!
View of the parade grounds
View of the parade grounds
Harbor defenses
Harbor defenses
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Overview of the camp

We also visited Roche Harbor, which is probably one of the most picturesque towns I have had the pleasure to visit.

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Looking into town with the Quarryman Hall on the right
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Hotel De Haro
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Superlative view

We had a wonderful time exploring and I would love to someday own a home on this piece of paradise.

 

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