Monday, May 10, 2010

San Juan Island

We've been trying to take more advantage of the wonderful things on offer here in the northwest lately. With spring finally peaking through, we decided to take a camping trip up to the San Juan Islands in the very northwest corner of these great contiguous United States. As I (Dominic) was in charge of hastily arranging this excursion, it was so great to arrive at our campsite and find that it was the most beautiful place I have ever had the pleasure of camping (evidence below).

The site looked out on the Haro straight. This stretch of water not only separates the US from Vancouver Island in Canada (see previous Victoria/Valentines day post), but it also is a common migration stretch for Orca whales. We had a chance to explore the coast of the island which led us to a beautiful lighthouse and a lime kiln.

Mostly though we just relaxed and looked at the wildlife from our campsite. We ended up seeing many seals, a bald eagle, porpoise and orcas! It was really great and relaxing.

Our timing couldn't have been better. There wasn't a cloud in the sky the whole weekend and as the tourist season hasn't quite gotten underway, the ferries were not too crowded. Just the ride up there; winding between islands on a sunny day was phenomenal.

Good times in the Pacific Northwest.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm jealous. I don't recall ever having a campsite that pretty. Love the lighthouse picture too.

Love,
Mom

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Lina said...

Oooo.... take us there!!! Looks gorgeous