We drove north to the town of Sidney to catch the Washington State Ferry to Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island. (Note - the Ferry expects that you will pay in US Dollars, not in Canadian, so we had to pay a surcharge for them to "exchange" our Canadian currency. Odd, since we were still in Canada.)
Photos of us in Sidney.
Onto the ferry.
We approach the town of Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island.
We stayed the night at the Earthbox Motel and Spa, which we really liked. It used to be a generic motel, but has been recently renovated with a distinctive modern twist. Free bikes to ride, although we did not do so.
Gil and I drove north to "English Camp" state park and cemetary, while Daniel walked the back roads. San Juan Island was the site of a near-war between the English and Americans in 1859, that began with the killing of a pig and took 13 years (and Kaiser Wilhelm I) to resolve. During the dispute, which stemmed from uncertain boundaries between the United States and Canada, the British troops were stationed at "English Camp" and the Americans were at "American Camp" on the southern end of the island.
We saw an oyster catcher along the edge of the bay - very exciting!
We walked up a path to the English cemetary. Quite a number of soldiers died, not through skirmishes with the Americans, but through illness and (mostly) drowning.
We traveled south along the coast, stopping at a couple of parks along the way. Really nice camping opportunities and almost nobody around, at least at this time of year.
With the help of a friendly local person, we were able to see a school of orcas, albeit from quite a distance.
We returned to Friday Harbor, and walked around.
Gil felt it was time to knock off some of the grime coating our car. A clean car is a happy car.
Our room at Earthbox.
Next morning, we journeyed all together south to English Camp. (Interesting historical footnote: a young Lt Roberts, US Army Corps of Engineers, directed the building of the redoubt by the soldiers. He left after 2 months, stayed in the Corps until he retired as a General years later. He is the man who wrote "Roberts Rules of Order.")
We saw several foxes!
"Two Foxes Eying Each Other"
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