Island hopping through the San Juans
Ferrying again, this time on the very cool network of ferries that take you from Vancouver Island across to the mainland at Anacortes for one fixed and reasonable price which allows you to get on and off at a number of different islands for as long as you wish provided you keep heading eastwards.
Our choices were a couple of days on San Juan Island itself and a couple more on Orcas Island with our main activities centering around more kayaking and more orca watching which, as the pictures will attest, were both very rewarding!
|The golden calf...four weeks old|
|Back-drop to orca viewing - Mt Baker|
Back to the mountains - Mt Baker and Mt St Helens
Within an hours drive of the ferry terminal we were climbing steeply up the slopes of still snow-tipped Mt Baker for a bit of hiking and a bit of sitting around on mountain tops with a bottle of wine and a thin slither of a moon for company (for those watching the moon over the Indian Ocean, you’ll realise how far behind we are with this blog!).
|With John and Carla in the Olympic Mtns|
|Sailing into Port Townsend|
Redwoods and rockstacks - down the north west coast
|There were a couple of grey whales lolling in this bay|
We’re pretty much glued to the coast now as we head down through Washington and Oregon. The sun is still shining - a couple of weeks of blue sky is a real treat after the solar deprivation of Canada and Alaska, though temperatures are cool and autumn colors are widespread. Not the spectacular shows that one apparently gets on the eastern side of the continent but a colorful contrast to the evergrey-green of the conifers.
|Cobra pitcher plants - Darlingtonia spp. (for Helena, who will want to know)|