San Juan Island- Enjoyment

 The road journey from our home at Woodinville to Anocortes ferry site, was pleasant and lasted two hours. The Ferry took us to the Friday Harbor in San Juan Island in one half hour. We, a family of nine members, five adults and four children had decided to spend two days on the island. Personally for me I was sailing on the ocean after a pretty long time and I liked it and so did the rest.

From Friday Harbor it took us fifteen minutes by road to reach the other end of the island where we found the Lavender gardens. The beautiful flowers are in full bloom in the months of July and August, though we did enjoy finding a few rows which had the flowers prematurely obliging us. They indeed were a very pretty sight.

Set on a rocky bluff at the west end of San Juan Island, Lime Kiln Point is considered one of the best whale-watching spots on earth.The Lime Kiln lighthouse is a quaint little historic building, which is now used as a miniature whale watching office.The rugged scenic environment provides a beautiful view of the ocean as well as challenges those who prefer to stretch their legs on the rocky surface. Do listen in the video to the expert on whale watching.   

Visitors to the Lighthouse after watching the whales, oblige by translating ‘whale’ in their language! 

Juan Island does have its charm, especially with its flora and fauna and its seclusion from the mainland. The place has developed considerably making it look like any other small town with its paved roads and streets, overlooked by rows of houses, used for residential and commercial purposes. Bill Gates and Oprah Winfery, amongst other celebrities, have their houses and estates here. The hotels and the motels too are no different from those on the mainland, the menu said ‘Fish and Chips,’ we were served with ‘Fish and French Fries!’

The Lime Kiln Light House

Picture by Jafar Shameem

San Juan is a good place, however, for me it is Santorini in the Mediterranean ocean. Having stayed there for a few days a couple of years back, would like to spend the rest there! If only wishes were horses!

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2 thoughts on “San Juan Island- Enjoyment”

  1. A good weekend outing for the family. I wonder what the occupation of the people living on the island is?
    It was good that there was an educated girl( double major in biology) to enlighten people about whales and their sightings. It will give meaning to the visit. Gray and humpbacks are said to be the most sighted of whales. I wish she had explained about the breeding habits of these massive mammals. It is a pity that these lovely inhabitants of the seas are hunted. I suppose the Japanese are the worst culprits. Whales are not prolific breeders and a few generations later there may be none left for our children to see.
    I liked the scriblings of what whales are called in their language. The one in Nepali would naturally be a fake as a Nepali would never have seen the sea, leave alone having sighted a whale. In the early days, I know of our recruits never having seen a train till they reach Gorakhpur recruting depot.
    I wonder what the occupation of the people living on the island is. If Bill Gates had a getaway there, it must be a nice hide away. Perhaps he may have brought the woman he was having an affair with to this
    cosy get away.
    What was the accommodation like in such a place?
    Take care and enjoy yourselves.


    1. Thank you Naidu. Like most tourist locations San Juan Island economy depends on tourism. The island does have the farms where flowers are grown and exported. There is no whale hunting in this region, sad that the Japanese are into it. Regarding their breeding habit, I forgot to ask, I suppose Google could throw more light.
      Let me check with my son’s friends on Bill Gates; will return with some news soon. We stayed in a motel, which looked like a regular furnished apartment with a drawing room, kitchenette and so on.


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