Sunday, August 13, 2017

Exploring Northwest Washington

Deception Pass bridge
Our next move was north of Seattle to a base near Burlington, WA. From here we did some exploring of things that interested us. The haziness of pictures is due to smoke from wildfires in Canada that was blowing down to the area.

Deception Pass
This little state park is pretty and has a special feature of a bridge over the channel between Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island. It is interesting to see the water rushing through the narrow channel between islands as though it were a river, when in fact, it is just tidal water flowing during the changing of the tide. There is a pretty view in both directions from the bridge. At West Beach we enjoyed a nice beach and great views of the channel, looking across to Lopez Island and out the Strait of Juan De Fuca.
Deception Pass State Park
Bowman Bay

We took the ferry from Anacortes to San Juan Island and spent the day on the island. We took our car so that we had complete control over our movements but there are buses and moped rental available. We started by going to the American Camp, part of the San Juan Island National Historical Park. This is the site of the American military encampment during the conflict over possession of the islands, aka The Pig War, in the mid-1800s. The conflict turned out to be very tame but there is historical significance of what could have happened. 
Ferry ride to San Juan Island
as the fog clears
We next went to the Lime Kiln State Park where the whale watching is supposed to be good. We were there about an hour, had our picnic lunch, and had good whale watching - no whales, but the watching was fine on a nice day. We moved on to the English Camp, site of the English military encampment during the Pig War conflict. Not much remains to be seen at this location either but there are some nice old photos. Then back to Friday Harbor in time for dinner at Herb's Tavern (recommended) and the ferry ride back. It was a good day.  
Lime Kiln State Park on San
Juan Island

This reserve is a living rural community on Whidbey Island. There is no one place to go, no operating hours and no admission fees. There are historic buildings such as the Jacob Ebey house and historic stores in Coupeville but the reserve integrates historic farms, a seaside town, native and pioneer land use traditions, and ecologically significant areas to preserve an entire historically significant area. 
Jacob Ebey House
We went to the Jacob Ebey house (only open certain days) which is mostly the original home built in 1855, walked to the Bluff Trail for great views, and walked around historic Coupeville to complete a nice day trip.

Here are some more pictures from those day trips. 

Ferry ride to San Juan Island

American Camp - San Juan Island

English Camp - San Juan Island

Friday Harbor - San Juan Island

Jacob Ebey house inside

View from Bluff Trail with fog blowing
off the water - Ebey's Landing NHR

Historic stores downtown
Coupeville, WA

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