This President's Day weekend was our wedding anniversary. We decided to celebrate by taking a quick trip to the San Juan Islands. Rose was beyond excited - and bounced around the house just thinking about it.
We left for Anacortes at 11:00 AM on Sunday, Feb 19, to catch the 1:50 ferry. We made great time and arrived in plenty of time for our ferry reservation. (Yes - you have to reserve your Washington State Ferry now.)
There was quite a weather system developing, and for one of the first times I can remember, the ferry boat was noticeably rocking in the ocean swells. It wasn't too bad - but it was a little unnerving considering how smooth ferry rides normally are.
Our first stop was Orcas Island, and the Outlook Inn in the community of Eastsound. (There's no official cities on Orcas - only communities.)
Our room was amazing:
The next morning, we decide to explore the west side of Orcas - we'd seen a lot of the east side on our last trip. We started near Westsound and a small marina near the Orcas Island Yacht Club:
(By the way - these panorama photos I'm posting were auto-generated by Google Photos on my new Android phone. Basically, if you take a series of photos in a short time period, the album software creates them for you. I've really liked the results so far!)
We explored around a bit - and saw this:
We continued on to Deer Harbor:
We saw one of these buildings in Doe Bay - the Post Office:
We traveled around the west side of Orcas for a while, then headed back to dinner at the Outlook at the New Leaf Cafe:
Then - I noticed the plaque inside the doorway:
Yup - history!
The next morning, we bid a sad farewell to our hotel room (and the in-room Jacuzzi!), and caught the inter-island ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. (Friday Harbor is the only incorporated city in San Juan Island county.)
We were on a mission. We wanted breakfast/lunch at Ernie's Cafe.
Ernie's Cafe is something only the locals know about. You'd never causally find it - it's hidden in the Friday Harbor airport, and not easily visible from the road. Named after the famed aviation author, and San Juan resident Ernest K. Gann (The Aviator, Band Of Brothers), it's the kind of place where you can walk in after after a couple of years away, and the owners recognize you and say "Hello". (True story)
We managed to get one of the amazing homemade pop-overs. They bake only 12 per day - if you want to buy more than two, you have to call the day before! (And I think it has to be before 11:00 AM!)
Suitably recharged, we headed over to Roche Harbor to get freshly made donuts (yum!) at the Lime Kiln Cafe and look at the boats:
All in all - a perfect way to celebrate!