Glenda's Adventures with Daisy 2006-07 travel blog

Whale-Watching Cruise Map

Island Explorer II

Harbor seals and birds

Anacortes harbor

Glenda back from cruise

Today was a full day of fun. At Anacortes, Fidalgo Island, WA I took a six-hour whale-watching cruise on the "Island Explorer II" around San Juan Island in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The first part of the trip was very foggy but finally we saw the sun.

At first I was afraid that I had dressed too warmly by wearing a heavy cotton turtleneck and a denim vest but, when I checked in for the cruise, they told me I would need a coat. I was very glad I had a coat with me (another advantage of going via motorhome!). I even used one of their blankets on board while I was seated!

There was a couple seated next to me who are from Wimberley (near Austin) and are full-time RVers. Naturally, we hit it off and had a wonderful visit. They are retired florists. They started this trip about two weeks before I did and are now heading back east. We exchanged tips on things to see and do.

I was a bit disappointed that we saw only one whale (a Minke baleen whale) and I didn't get a picture of it. It surfaced and then disappeared before I had time to do anything! Arrrrghh! We did see lots of other wildlife, though, including common murre, gulls, bald eagle and tufted puffins, as well as harbor seals and sea lions.

Since it was after 4:00 when I left Anacortes, it was later than normal when I reached the Cedar Grove Shores RV Park on Lake Goodwin and got set up. Because the late afternoon sun was shining in my eyes, I had trouble seeing the signs to the park; but I finally arrived safe and sound. And so ended another wonderful day.

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