June 15-18: Shoreline – San Juan Island
It was only a short ride to the ferry after leaving aunt Lee and Uncle Bill’s house. We took a 30 minute ferry from Edmonds to Kingston. Then rode around the island and took another ferry from Port Townsend to Whidbey island. Our campsite was beautiful at Fort Ebey State Park. However there was a nice hill straight up to our campsite. Never fails…there’s always one more hill! Right next to our site was a trail that led to a bluff overlooking the water! In the morning we only had 25 miles to the ferry out of Anacortes. We got there before the ferry left at 11:55. Only 25 miles, but it was constant up and down on the side roads. My legs were happy to be on the ferry! $18 each for an hour ferry ride from Anacortes to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. We were going to meet Joe’s friend, Joaquin, who grew up on the island and has a house there. He’s a firefighter at one of the biggest stations in Seattle and takes the ferry to work. What a commute! Joe and I tied our bikes up and went up to the top. We couldn’t have asked for better weather! Beautiful and sunny. Joaquin met us once we got off the ferry. The 3 of us grabbed lunch then Joaquin showed us around the island. There’s a paragliding spot that we stopped at and the wind was good enough for Joe to get a couple short flights in. Joaquin made a delicious spicy curry. It was pretty funny watching Joe sweat 😛 Amanda, Joaquin’s friend, came over later and we spent the rest of the night talking and drinking Moscow mules.
For the next couple days we went on a plane ride and fishing around the islands! Joaquin’s family took us on a ride in a Cessna 182 around all of the tiny little islands and saw the huge mountains in the distance covered in snow. I’m normally afraid of flying, but that ride was awesome! The next day we went fishing for 5 hours! Rick took us out and we caught some shrimp. We caught just enough to add shrimp to our dinner. Apparently we went a little early. I’m sure Rick caught a lot more after he dropped us off at the dock. The shrimp were SOO good with the gnocchi that I made that night! The next morning we had to catch the ferry back to Anacortes where we continue to Canada! We had an awesome weekend with Joaquin and so stoked he let us stay at his house!