A very nice day to take the ferry over to Lopez Island, another island in the San Juans we haven't visited. This visit will leave Shaw Island as we have visited Orcas and Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.
|Passing Through the Islands|
We took the 1035AM ferry from Anacortes over which is a 40 minute ride and the cost is $44 rt for car and passenger. You cannot book return trip, but get in line 30 to 40 minutes prior to departure.. We tried to get the 135PM departure, but due to a traffic accident, we were delayed and then had to wait for the 500PM departure. So we decided to have lunch at Buckey's and ride to some other areas.
|Small Picnic Cove|
|View of Shaw|
There is not much to see on the Island..geared more for hiking and bicycling as well as tent camping. We did take a mile hike to Shark Sanctuary. Pretty views, but no sharks. The Island is known as "the friendly isle" with a population of around 2,000 that swells in the summer. It is around 29 square miles, rural with rolling hills and a small village of restaurants, shops and museum. There is also a 6 acre organic vineyard.
|Path to Bluff|
|View from Bluff of Olympic Mtns|
Tomorrow we are expecting gale force winds up to 50 miles/hr. Time to secure items outside.
Saturday we are taking the ferry from Coupeville/Keystone to Port Townsend for a revisit to Fort Warden and Hayden and sights in between. Good weather is predicted.
We depart on 1st for a night in Ellensburg enroute to Fairchild AFB in Spokane and then on to Bonner's Ferry ID.