Beautiful red colored Sea Anemones (I think) were attached to the sides of the dock at Sucia. When you poked them, the feathery part disappeared. We took a video, so make sure you watch it at the end of this post!
The first Fairy Slipper or Calypso orchid I found on Sucia. I like this shot because the guys are standing outside the composting toilets in the background lol. It adds atmosphere don't you think?!
No, this is not another place to sit on the boat. This is the swim platform. Please do not ask.
Look at that wall of water to his left.
The busy state park dock at Jones island(it's the only dock there.) Hmm, just a thought: if you are a 40 foot boat complete with crane and dinghy, might it not be a courteous thing to use the mooring bouys in the bay instead of mooring at the dock? About half way through our visit to the bay, some boaters at the dock lowered their dinghy into the water, and climbed into it, motering past us while leaving their boat at the dock. We were so frustrated! Sadly we did not get to set foot on Jones island, I guess we need to get a blow up dinghy to keep on the boat? We had a really good time in the bay anyways and moored at a buoy for the first time, it was neat! We had a cold lunch and relaxed in the sun. Next time we will go back during the middle of the week and see if that is better. Anyways, please excuse the rant!
Tied up at the Roche Harbor breakwater dock. The regular guest area that we use was completely full as there was a Nordic Tugs rendezvous. It was so cool to walk down the dock and see so many of the same boat, they are so nice! We even saw one from Edmonton Alberta.
Big boats are pretty to look at, but I prefer our 21 1/2 footer because we can island hop as much as we want! I doubt this guy has ever visited three harbors and two state park islands in one day!
The "We brew Starbucks Coffee" was seen from afar at the Good Brew Coffee shop. Iced coffee tastes so good on a hot day. Actually, we all ordered iced americanos with vanilla and cream.
While walking down the dock on our way back to the boat, we came across a shrimp farmer. I'm sure that is not what they are really called, but they had just finished harvesting and boiling their catch of shrimp for the day and offered us a sample. It was kind of weird to stand there and eat a shrimp while all his other little shrimpy friends were swimming around in a tank less than a foot away from us. Oh well, it was good!
We bought two pounds and ended up eating a few fresh, and the rest of them at home with lots of butter and freshly minced garlic. Mmmm.
Drooler has good sea legs and was very comfortable on the boat. He is so big now, maybe we need to shorten his nickname to Droo? All these nicknames are probably getting hard to remember, but I still believe nicknames are better than real names, so that's just how it is. Chasm, Dee, Droo and Cake. What a family! Newcomers to the blog will be so confused, but I guess that's part of the fun, the old-timers will understand the code and know who everyone is and why they are called what they are.
Cake having a grand ol' time. She just loved watching the wake and water spraying up behind the boat. She would kick and squeal and laugh.
We hiked about a mile on Stuart island. I got beautiful photographs of four different types of mushrooms, but I'll spare you from those. I also spotted my first Salal plants, but again didn't get a good shot of those. I didn't know they were edible, they sure look strange.
After our hike at Stuart island, we were very hungry for dinner so we made our way to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island for dinner at the Hungry Clam. While walking from our boat, I noticed something to my left that looked very familiar. Why did it look familiar? I had just started reading this blog a couple of weeks earlier. It's a small world. Captain Rodriguez's blog is very interesting if you are a local boater and it was neat to run into his boat!
I've seen this yellow cab parked near the Doctor's Office coffee shop several times but this was the first time I was able to get a clear shot. I love old cars!
Dee holds a sleeping Baby Cake under that blanket. The seats at the stern are the most fun to sit in, and if it is a bumpy ride, it is the smoothest place to sit.