Friday 28th, 2015
We took the ferry from Anacortes, WA to San Jaun Island.
The ferry trip is 35 minutes. We decided to not take the car
over. We had some thoughts of renting motor scooters, but
that would have cost $70 per hour and it was threatening
rain. We passed on the motor scooters and toured the whale
museum. Then we took the public transportation van to the other
side of the Island
Connie enjoying the ferry ride to San Juan Island
The main cabin of the ferry. Very comfortable and quite.
The ferry arrives at Friday Harbor and that's where are of
the shops and restaurants are, and the Whale Museum.
We took the van over to Lime Kiln Point State Park, as that
is supposed to be the best chance for spotting a
whale. But as one local said, "don't count on it, it's
pretty sketchy." I told Connie we weren't going to see
At Lime Kiln Point, we walked down to the little viewing
area at the shore and there were maybe 6 to 10 other
people. In a little bit, an older guy was there
sitting on the picnic table and we started talking with
him. He said he came and watched for whales every
Friday. He said the best times in his experience
were around noon and 3 PM, but he said, "but don't take that
to the bank. The whales come by when they want."
Then a boat went by headed south pretty fast. He said,
that's a whale watching boat. That might mean that
they are headed to some whales. They might be headed
this way. And then maybe 10 minutes later, another
whale watching boat went by. He again, said that it
might amount to something, and then again, it might not.
The light house at Lime Kiln Point. While we were
waiting on the whales, we walked over to the lighthouse and
took photos and poked around. Just about the
time we were ready to leave the lighthouse (we probably
would have left the park had a van been available) I
overheard this woman say that the boats went by (meaning the
whale watching boats) "and now they're coming." So we
hightailed it back to the whale watching area (not that you
have to be in any one spot, but the guy we had been talking
with had been there). We no more than got there
than whales started going by.
One of the perhaps a dozen or more groups of whales we
The same group as above, with the whale watching boat in
view. This was one of the boats that went by
going south at high speed, which suggested that they might
be after whales.
This is the closest shot I got. This is similar to the
above that has been tightly cropped so that it is a close up
here. We did see one whale "spyhopping" where they put
their head up out of the water and look around. That
was cool. We never saw any really jump out of the
water, but some of them did breach fairly high once in a
The Kitsap. We rode this ferry back to Anacortes. I counted 130 vehichles coming off it when it unloaded at San Juan Island. This was smaller than the big one we rode in the morning.
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