136 Photos - Jun 5, 2008
Photo: Photo: All packed for our trip to the San Juan Islands!Photo: Day 1: View from the "Rainbow Bridge" over La Conner, Washington.Photo: Day 1: My sister loves big yachts.Photo: Day 1: Rainbow Bridge over La Conner, Washington.Photo: Day 1: Tug boat picture (taken for my mom).Photo: Day 1: This hill doesn't look that tall, but checkout the next picture...Photo: Day 1: The farmlands we passed through got tiny!Photo: Day 1: Finally made it to the outskirts of Anacortes. Unfortunately, we had to bike along the highway after this picture for about 2 miles. Not fun.Photo: Day 1: Yay, we made it to our hotel!Photo: Day 1: The Ship Harbor Inn was quiet and clean, but the exterior was a bit boring.Photo: Day 1: The hotel clerk suggested we store our bikes in our room.Photo: Day 1: Our room overlooked the ferry landing. It was a really short bike ride to the ferry the next morning.Photo: Day 1: Iris and lawnchair at the Ship Harbor Inn.Photo: Day 2: Waiting at the Anacortes ferry landing.Photo: Day 2: I've always been in a car during the ferry boarding process, so it was interesting to see the bike boarding lane.Photo: Day 2: There weren't very many bicyclists waiting for the ferry.Photo: Day 2: Lopez Village shops, and Holly B's bakery (where we often stopped for pastries).Photo: Day 2: The Lopez Village coffee shop had these shoes on display. I wonder who left them at the dump?Photo: Day 2: We visited the historic Center Church on our way to the south shore of Lopez.Photo: Day 2: The Center Church chapel.Photo: Day 2: View of the farmland surrounding Center Church.Photo: Day 2: The US-Canadian boarder marker at Iceburg Point state park.Photo: Day 2: Proof we were actually at Iceburg Point.Photo: Day 2: US-Canadian boarder marker plaque.Photo: Day 2: Jamey, the heroic explorer! ;)Photo: Day 2: Cool rock formation at Iceburg Point.Photo: Day 2: Details of the rock formation at Iceburg Point.Photo: Day 2: One of my favorite pictures from the Iceburg Point hike.Photo: Day 2: The trail ended at a small rocky beach. Jamey found a rock to sit on and enjoy the sound of the waves.Photo: Day 2: I found some tide pools and harassed the little critters in them. Anyone know what this creature is? It seems to be quite attached to the rock.Photo: Day 2: Bed at last! We stayed at the MacKaye Harbor Inn, and it was wonderful.Photo: Prep: Jamey managed to get new glasses the day before our trip. It's a good thing (TM) because his the transition lenses in his old glasses stopped transitioning a long time ago. Now he can actually see in the sunshine!Photo: Prep: This was part of our "test run" with our bikes fully loaded with gear. Jamey's spoke broke on the trip and was quickly repaired with velcro. Luckily he got the back tire replaced before we left.Photo: Prep: Walking bridge at Sunset. Near Oregon City, on the springwater trail. This was part of our "test run" with our bikes fully loaded with gear.Photo: Day 9: Eastsound bay.Photo: Day 9: Woman and child enjoying the beach at Eastsound.Photo: Day 9: Child exploring rocks at Eastsound beach.Photo: Day 9: Roadside art near Eastsound. I wish we could have talked to the artist, but we didn't want to go up the hill to their studio.Photo: Day 9: Details of the roadside art at Eastsound.Photo: Day 9: Details of the roadside art at Eastsound.Photo: Day 3: Leaving the MacKaye Harbor Inn.Photo: Day 3: Our hosts at the MacKaye Harbor Inn were kind enough to let us explore their private beach after we checked out of the hotel.Photo: Day 3: MacKaye Harbor Inn beach -- what's this slug thing?Photo: Day 3: Sarah Sharp (me) and a star fish at MacKaye Harbor Inn beach.Photo: Day 3: MacKaye Harbor Inn sign. We were lucky to be able to spend one night there; they were booked the night before and the night after.Photo: Day 4: Lopez Village bike rack was taken over by bikes from some touring outfit.Photo: Day 4: About 25 bikes, all with exactly the same gear, with printed directions on the handlebar. Plus their support van. Seems like cheating.Photo: Day 4: Amusing Ad at the Lopez Village grocery store billboard. "Will solve *all* software problems". Right.Photo: Day 4: Another sort of sad advertisment at Lopez Village grocery store billboard. Anyone have a motor scooter they can sell this kid?Photo: Day 4: Wild raspberries (we think).Photo: Day 4: Jamey and I ate some of the berries, and didn't get sick. I was pretty sure they were OK to eat, I just didn't know what they were called.Photo: Day 4: Beach at Odlin State Park, Lopez Island.Photo: Day 4: Odlin State Park had some pretty nice hiker-biker campsites.Photo: Day 4: Some silly kid was climbing the cannon at Odlin State Park.Photo: Day 4: We saw a pretty tame deer at Spencer's Spit state park.Photo: Day 4: Spencer's Spit state park has a salt-chuck lagoon in the middle of the spit. The beaches on the edges of the spit are full of lots of driftwood.Photo: Day 4: More pictures of Spencer's Spit state park.Photo: Day 4: Clam bed at Spencer's Spit state park.Photo: Day 4: There were a lot of driftwood buildings at Spencer's Spit. I think this storefront was the best example.Photo: Day 4: Jamey looks at the children's wares at a driftwood storefront. (Spencer's Spit state park.) They had small, medium, and large crabs for sale.Photo: Day 4: Back of the driftwood storefront at Spencer's Spit state park.Photo: Day 4: Another driftwood building at Spencer's Spit state park.Photo: Day 4: Another driftwood building at Spencer's Spit state park.Photo: Day 4: Salt chuck lagoon at Spencer's Spit. Looks pretty disgusting.Photo: Day 4: Jamey at the very tip of Spencer's Spit. The spit almost reaches Frost Island. We read a sign that said it probably wouldn't ever reach the island, because the current flows a different direction during the winter and summer months, and it will get faster the closer the spit gets to Frost Island.Photo: Day 5: Eastsound Village (in the middle of Orcas Island) has an electric car recharging station!Photo: Day 5: Electric car recharging station at Eastsound village.Photo: Day 6: Bird feeder at the Kangaroo House Bed and Breakfast. The birds kept us entertained during breakfast.Photo: Day 6: Jamey and I on the Kangaroo House Bed and Breakfast deck.Photo: Day 6: Put your bike away and head for the hot tub!Photo: Day 6: Cool stone stairway at the Kangaroo House Bed and Breakfast.Photo: Day 6: The Kangaroo House B&B garden has many hidden benches, which are great for private conversations.Photo: Day 6: The foxglove was blooming in late June, probably because it was a La Nina year.Photo: Day 6: Picture of the secluded hot tub at the Kangaroo House B&B.Photo: Day 6: Picture of the secluded hot tub at the Kangaroo House B&B.Photo: Day 6: Gardens at the Kangaroo House B&B.Photo: Day 6: More garden pictures at the Kangaroo House B&B.Photo: Day 6: The nuthatch room at the Kangaroo House B&B.Photo: Day 6: The nuthatch room at the Kangaroo House B&B.Photo: Day 6: The nuthatch room at the Kangaroo House B&B.Photo: Day 6: Living room and breakfast area in the Kangaroo House B&B.Photo: Day 6: Book nook at the Kangaroo House B&B.Photo: Day 6: Stained glass windows (enclosed inside) and original wallpaper (?) at the Kangaroo House B&B.Photo: Day 6: Another picture of what might be original wallpaper at the Kangaroo House B&B.Photo: Day 6: Kangaroo House B&B front porch. Plenty of chairs for lounging and talking.Photo: Day 6: Kangaroo House B&B.Photo: Day 6: Kangaroo House B&B front porch.Photo: Day 6: Kangaroo House B&B sign. Look, they even have a kangaroo crossing sign! It's too bad they don't actually have any kangaroos at the B&B.Photo: Day 6: North beach on Orcas Island. It's only a 2-minute bike ride from the Kangaroo house.Photo: Day 6: A wooden canoe at North beach.Photo: Day 6: A wooden canoe at North beach.Photo: Day 6: Shops at Eastsound, Orcas Island.Photo: Day 6: A French cooking supply store at Eastsound.Photo: Day 6: Funky flamingos at Eastsound. The sign near them said, "You've been flocked."Photo: Day 6: The giant hill from Eastsound to Otter's Pond B&B. We had to stop 3 times on the way up the hill.Photo: Day 6: We figured we had made it up the giant hill when we saw this sign.Photo: Day 6: A quick stop at one of the waterfalls in Moran state park before we zoomed down the hill to Olga for dinner.Photo: Day 6: Another waterfall in Moran state park.Photo: Day 7: We did a bit of off-road biking in Moran state park.Photo: Day 7: A footbridge in Moran state park.Photo: Day 7: Small creek under the footbridge at Moran state park.Photo: Day 7: Jamey went under the bridge to take pictures, but forgot to remove his helmet.Photo: Day 7: Jamey, taking pictures of a stream at Moran state park.Photo: Day 7: The trail narrowed, so we decided to push our bikes on the Moran state park trail.Photo: Day 7: Mountain Lake dam at Moran State Park.Photo: Day 7: Mountain Lake dam at Moran State Park.Photo: Day 7: Mountain Lake dam at Moran State Park.Photo: Day 7: Mountain Lake at Moran State Park. It was so peaceful here.Photo: Day 7: There were snails in Mountain Lake! I have a snail-eye, lol.Photo: Day 7: Isolated island in Mountain Lake. It's 4 miles long, so there were several islands.Photo: Day 7: Sun on moss, Moran state park.Photo: Day 7: Forest on the trail to Twin Lakes in Moran State park.Photo: Day 7: It looked like this tree was puking mushrooms!Photo: Day 7: Stop! This is the end, really! Funny signs at Olga.Photo: Day 7: Moran state park has an oddly shaped arch, and this sign details the exact height of each side of the arch.Photo: Day 8: Took a ferry from Eastsound (Smuggler's Cove) to Sucia Island.Photo: Day 8: New picnic shelter at Sucia Island. This was being constructed the last time we were here in a boat in 2006.Photo: Day 8: Fox cove at Sucia Island.Photo: Day 8: Kayakers at Fox cove, Sucia Island.Photo: Day 8: Fossil Bay at Sucia Island.Photo: Day 8: Kayakers and a sail boat in Fox Cove, Sucia Island.Photo: Day 8: Old sandstone quarry on Sucia Island.Photo: Day 8: A break in the canopy. Sucia Island.Photo: Day 8: Shallow Bay, Sucia Island.Photo: Day 8: Desert plants at Sucia Island.Photo: Day 8: Shallow Bay at Sucia Island.Photo: Day 8: Shallow Bay at Sucia Island.Photo: Day 8: Echo Bay at Sucia Island.Photo: Day 8: Echo Bay at Sucia Island.Photo: Day 8: Echo Bay at Sucia Island.Photo: Day 8: Echo Bay at Sucia Island.Photo: Day 8: Echo Bay at Sucia Island. Almost to the end of the northeastern shore.Photo: Day 8: Interesting rock formations at Sucia Island.Photo: Day 8: Dingy in Echo Bay, Sucia Island.Photo: Day 8: My second-favorite picture from Sucia Island.