Friday Harbor, WA, July 3-5, 2008.
We drove up to La Conner a day early, so that we could put away
provisions and wash the boat and dinghy. We enjoyed the rocking of
the boat when we went to sleep, but on Thursday, we woke up to rain.
This wasn't your normal Northwest drizzle: this was rain falling so hard and so
loudly on the metal roof that you could jump up and down on the wooden
dock and not hear yourself make a lot of noise.
Rain in La Connner
Still, we didn't convince ourselves to not go, so we went slowly up
the Swinomish Channel.
Refinery in Anacortes
Our route went south of Guemes Island and then through Thatcher Pass.
The weather in Rosario Strait was not calm, so there are no pictures
We arrived in Friday Harbor without incident, and unsurprisingly,
there was a wait to get a slip. We had not called for a slip
assignment on VHF 66 before we arrived, so we ended up #13 on the list.
She was honest with us, and also said that it was unlikely that we'd end
up with a slip. With so many boats going in and out of Friday
Harbor, the water was lumpy. However, with a long wait in our
future, I dropped an anchor just northwest of the breakwater.
Luckily, Garry and Loraine of Eagle Lady sent us an MMSI message and
told us where we could raft to them. Fortunately for Mary, the
marina inside the breakwater had smoother water. She slept through
the anchoring experience.
Finally, at 4:20pm, we could have Ms. Pac-Man burgers for lunch.
Ms. Pac-Man burger lunch
Friday Harbor is a busy place! Where else do you see the
Victoria Clipper, a Washington State Ferry, and a float plane all at
Victoria Clipper, float plane, and WA state ferry.
a tribute to Popeye, the harbor seal
Relaxing on the boat
There were a number of interesting boats in the harbor.
We took out the West Marine/Advanced Elements inflatable
kayaks for a paddle.
the Puget Sound view from the bow of the kayak
On the Fourth of July, we walked a few blocks to see the parade.
Fourth of July Parade
The parade became political rather quickly.
Back to the Future was also in town.
On the way to the picnic at the San Juan Historical Museum, we
stopped and enjoyed some street music.
Finally, we were ready for fireworks!
For the trip back to La Connner, we took Peavine Pass to the Rosario
Strait and went around Cypress Island to the Swinomish Channel.
Much thanks to Garry and Loraine for allowing us to raft to their boat
and enjoy their company. Many more anniversaries to them!