San Juan Island
Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
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We decided that since it would take us some time to get to the ferry because we were biking we would catch the 11:55am ferry. It was a 6 mile bike ride to the ferry so we headed out at 10:30am to give us plenty of time. There actually is a really nice walking/running/biking trail that runs by the campground and along the water in to downtown Anacortes. We were able to take the bike trail for a while before turning to drive across town to the ferry. There were definitely more up hill stretches on the way to the ferry than downhill, but there was a huge hill down to the ferry at the end. It was great for the finish of the bike ride to get to the ferry, but we knew it would be horrible later when we were just starting out our trek again.
We got to the ferry fine and bought our tickets
We headed to the bus, which was $20 round trip total but still less than the mopeds would have been. The bus took us out to Lime Kiln Point State Park, which has a lighthouse and great views for whale watching. The woman driving the bus gave us a little tour of the island while we drove out to the park and she informed us that she has already seen some whales on earlier trips out. Apparently there are a couple of different pods of orcas that you can usually see around the island
The bus was right on time and we ended up riding back out with the family of 4 we had ridden in with. On our way out from the park the other guy spotted some whales coming up from farther south. (I had told Jared the whales would come as soon as we left) The bus driver was very nice though and pulled over for us. Unfortunately Jared didn't really get any good pictures, but we saw about 4 different orcas. One of them breached twice and it was awesome to see it jumping up super high in the air. It was just so quick that Jared couldn't get any pictures of it. He did get the splash on the water and we were super excited to see it
When we got back to the harbor we grabbed a slice of pizza for a little meal and then walked around town more. We stopped in at the San Juan Vineyards tasting room and then headed over to the San Juan Cellars tasting room. We purchased two bottles from the San Juan Cellars that were on special 2 for $14. We had a nice chat with the lady in this tasting room too. She said that her and her husband own the company. They said that all the grapes and wine are grown and made in central Washington, but the only place it is sold is this little shop. She said that since they live on the island this is where they sell their wine. Once we finished up with the tasting it was time to board the ferry to head back.