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Oct 17, 2019 - Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

We're back in the USA. Interestingly, as we checked-in at the ferry terminal in Sidney, BC, we went through US customs. As we arrived in Friday Harbor, which is in the state of Washington, we again had to go through customs. Not sure why the duplication, but all is well. The last travel day of our great trip was here in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. The island is largely rural, similar to its past history, which is why this place played a pivotal role in British-American history. Apparently when the border between Canada and the U.S....

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Aug 24, 2016 - August 2016

Greetings to all We have finished up the last half of the summer with two boating trips: First trip we decided to just do the San Juan Islands – close to home and we have not puttered in and out of the harbors in several years. We relaxed in Blind Bay on Shaw Island for 3 days with hikes on the island and a day trip to Orcas Island for lattes and ice cream. Then onto Friday Harbor: we visited friends Brad & Sue on their boat the first night. Then friends Chris & Sue took the ferry over from Anacortes –we motored to Roche Harbor for lunch...

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Jun 10, 2014 - Last day in Friday Harbor

Running around trying to get everything done before I leave. Everyone knows how crazy the last day can be. While I'm eating my lunch I thought I would try out this new site, upload a few photos to see how it worked and hope you will enjoy my postings. I took these two photos on Sunday morning with my new camera. I love the 20x zoom. It is a Panasonic Lumix ZS-30. I bought my older camera in 2005. It had only 3x zoom and was 4MP. It was time to buy a new one after seeing several friends take wonderful close-up photos that I couldn't. These...

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Time in Spain 2014

Apr 12, 2014 - 2nd District Conference

We got checked into our lodging in Mt. Vernon after 11 PM last night. It had all the ambiance of a cardboard box on a city street. We had freeway noise all night and conversations from the rooms on either side of us -- one until after 1 AM. We got up early to get out to the Anacortes Ferry Landing, park the car, get our tickets and get boarded. We were among a strong Legion contingent headed the same way. The day was pretty and it is always so peaceful to watch the island drift by as we headed out to Friday Harbor. The Post at Friday Harbor...

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Sep 3, 2012 - San Juan Island, WA

We took a ferry to Friday Harbor, the most populated island in the San Juan Island Chain in the Straits of Juan de Fuca. The town of Friday Harbor is a quaint town with lots of shops. We decided to drive first to Roche Harbor. Roche Harbor was named in honor of Richard Roche, who served in the British Navy. Roche Harbor is now a resort, it was formerly a company town surrounding the Tacoma and Roche Harbor Lime Company, which was incorporated in 1886. Lime production was a major industry and revenue source for a corporation founded by John...

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Aug 1, 2011 - Day 62 - Cruising the San Juan Islands

What a great day! We met Jay's cousin Donna & her husband Rico at the San Juan Cruises dock about 8:30 this morning. We enjoyed looking at the Zodiac sailboat parked next to our boat while waiting to board. The weather was cool, but clear as we boarded for our day of sailing to Friday Harbor and back looking for whales. The boat sailed through the many (170+) islands with the Captain giving us the history of the islands that we passed. The morning was a bit cool to sit outside, so we took up residence at table 15 near the door to the back...

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Jul 28, 2011 - July 24-26

July 24th Westcott-Garrison Bay - About a 1/2 hour from Friday Harbor, we pulled into an achorage known for dungeness crab. Anchored our boats, hopped in our dinghies (along with our hoop nets) to catch crab. - We pulled out our salmon scraps and set the bait. With hoop nets, you check them every 40 mins or so. So we left & returned to find 3 nice size crab in our net. One was a Rock (a throw away), one a female (illegal to catch) and one male, legal size! Dropped the nets again and kept it up till we had 5 legal crabs - more than enough...

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Jul 23, 2011 - Beginnings

July 23, 2011 - Friday Harbor, WA - We provisioned in town and bought our crab bait (lovely salmon fish heads & parts - yuck!) The bait will go inside our hoop nets to lure the crab into the net and "voila!" we will have a nice crab dinner. I hope it's that easy. - Dave will be fishing for salmon as well. And Lee & Nancy know a good place for digging clams - glad I brought some old shoes. I guess the mud is pretty thick. - It is truly beautiful here - the bay & the town are incredible. It's obvious there's a lot of money here. The houses on...

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Jun 13, 2011 - The San Juan Islands

Friday morning we got going early and headed to Anacortes where we would catch the ferry to Friday Harbor. On the way we stopped at a donut shop which we had been told was the best donuts in town. It was! We took the donuts to go and saved them until we got in the Que waiting to be loaded on the ferry.The ride was an hour an a half and we unloaded to a enormous uphill road. We had reservations at the fairgrounds which was just a short walk to Friday Harbor. This is the first year that the fairgrounds was opened to campers and without a lot...

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THERE WE ARE

Aug 8, 2010 - Day on an island

After breakfast this morning we went to Cattle Point to look at tide pools. We went to a cluster of rocks, across an expanse of seaweed covered rocks and found them. In the pools we passed, hermit crabs scuttled over stones, limpets hung onto the rocks, snails moved slowly and sculpins swam over the sand. Some pools were obscured by bright green sea grass while others sported sea anemones, open or closed. We saw one bright orange starfish on the rocks, but it was gone by the time we got back. We saw a lighthouse on the bluff, then went back...

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Aug 7, 2010 - Rain, swimming and whales

After waking up at two in the morning to take meds for cramps, I wasn't too thrilled to hear the rooster crowing at eight. He's a very strange rooster, not only does he crow later than normal, he also has a very strange accent. Apparently, he grew up listening to both the roosters on the other farm and to the quail, which live in the high grass on the other side of the house and so his call sounds like squadoo!. Emily and I collected eggs from the chickens, which turned into breakfast. After our pie a la mode, eggs, and hash browns we sat...

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Aug 6, 2010 - Friday Harbor

Today we got up to see a bear walking up the hill a couple sites down, we thought he was going for the people's breakfast who had it spread all over. It didn't, but walked up through the yurts, I don't think the other people even saw the black bear. Dad had gone for an early bike and saw the bear when he came back. We drove past some signs for the Olympics and through Vancouver. It was a bustling hive of activity, with people shopping, making deliveries, winding their cars through town, going to work, or riding the trollies which were...

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