Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Exploring San Juan Island

I hope everyone had a great long weekend, minus those of us that had to work :) A regularly scheduled Observation Tuesday post has been interrupted to bring you this day of exploring I had last weekend with some friends.

If you're ever in Seattle and feel like doing some exploring further out of the city you should definitely go to the San Juan Islands. They're a few hours north of the city and you get to take the ferry to get there. We left at 6:30 to catch the 9:30 am ferry from Anacortes to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.
Our first stop when we go there was breakfast. The Cask and Schooner serves a weekend brunch and I definitely recommend it. I got biscuits and gravy, Seth got their banana pancakes. Everyone else got something different (steak and eggs, frittata, eggs benedict) and it was all delicious. It comes with potatoes, salad and fruit.
After wandering around Friday Harbor for a bit we headed over to Roche Harbor.
 There we found a cute gift shop, walked on the docks and played bocce ball.
One of two free bocce courts with a nice seating area nearby.
In the background are the limestone kilns. The british founded a limestone quarry on the island back in the 1800s.

 After that leisure we headed over to Lime Kiln State Park. Their is a view point that is excellent for whale watching. I didn't see any though.

 Doesn't this look like perfection?
 Finally, we drove to a lavender farm. The harvesting season is July to September and you can cut your own. We explored the gift shop, tried samples of lavender flavored things and enjoyed the sun.

 All of this is totally doable in a days drive. We left on the 4:20 ferry but could have spent a few more hours looking at shops or getting ice cream.

Definitely check out the San Juans if you're ever in the Northwest!

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