There really is no way to describe what goes through you when you see an animal in the wild for the first time or look up in the sky only to see it lit up with stars so bright you'd think you could take a photo of them. I tried but I couldn't of course, nor could I snap photos of sea otters or harbor seals as they disapeared into the ocean!
Although many of the photos of our third day include a gray cloudy sky, the majority of the day was beautiful. It never rained other than a few tiny specks on the wind shield at one point. The blue skies came out and the sun warmed up the air till it was nice enough that we rolled parts of the canopy up as it was during the first 1 1/2 days of our trip.
On Saturday morning we had another hot breakfast, this time we served it using the engine cover as the table for our breakfast nook.
Sea Anemones on the side of the dock.
Look familiar Sallad?
We left Stuart Island shortly after breakfast Saturday morning. I cheated this time on the dirty dishes and just threw them in a bag to save for washing in the dishwasher when we got home. We wanted to make the most of our day as our time in the islands was winding to a close.
We came whipping around a corner only to realize that we were in the path of the ferry. We accidentally got a lot closer than you are probably supposed to, but it was fun to see the ferry so close.
We made our way to San Juan Island and docked the boat at the Port of Friday Harbor Marina. Friday Harbor is a place we have visited many times. There are shops that always have new items to browse through, coffee shops and a lavender store that sells almost anything you could think of in a lavender version, even coffee and brownies. My favorite is their beautiful lavender wreaths. There is great food, whether you are looking for a quick bite or a sit down meal. This is a real town, not just a "tourist trap" so there are also the regulars like a hardware store, toy store and grocery store. These are some of our favorite stops because you can find interesting things to look at that you would never find in the big city. If you ever walk on to the ferry and land in Friday Harbor, walk straight up the main drag (Spring Street) till you get to a car rental place and rent a car or a scooter. Go visit all the tourist attractions and bays on the island, you won't regret it. There is such beauty and so much history on the island.
When we pulled into the Friday Harbor Marina we saw something that looked familiar. This boat stayed the night at Sucia the same night we did! Here is the photo I took of it through the trees while we hiked at Sucia. What's the chance we would run into each other again?
A lantern at The China Pearl restaurant. Nice lantern, but the restaurant gets horrible online reviews. I would say it's just your regular run of the mill Chinese food! After eating Chinese food for supper, we stopped twice for dessert on our way back to the boat. We visited the neatest little health food/candy/kitchen supplies store. That sounds like a weird combination, but where else can you buy gluten free supplies, chocolate of all sorts and beautiful kitchen linens all at once? I think it was called The Gourmet's Galley, but I am not sure. We left with a little brown bag of three chocolate bars. They stayed untouched until The Mr. decided to buy himself a black cherry waffle cone at the ice cream shop at the Friday Harbor Ice Cream Co. I was perfectly happy having chocolate over gluten cross-contaminated ice cream but in the hot summer months we'll see how I feel about it!
For the trip home we decided to take a route we had never taken before. We swung over to the east side of Orcas island. We took the Upright Channel and Peavine Pass before heading North towards Blaine. The water was smooth and almost glassy in areas. It was so beautiful.