Saturday, July 19, 2014

San Juan and Stuart Islands

 San Juan Island is the county seat of the islands and Friday Harbour is the top tourist destination. Ferry service to the island is more frequent and all the Victoria ferries stop in Friday Harbor.Above is some classic woodies that can be chartered for an afternoon sail. Very beautiful old boats.
 This is a 60s era Skagit runabout. Lovingly cared for it appears.
We went to Stuart Island to visit with Mary Johnson. She was doing volunteer duty at the Turn Point Lighthouse museum for a week. Turn Point light is a major turn for commercial vessels taking inside passage to Alaska or going to Vancouver. Critical piece of equipment on a coast that can be very fog bound at times. Stuart has no ferry service so access by boat is the only way to arrive. Two good harbors, Reid and Prevost.

The above is the Stuart Island Treasure Chest. IT is on the path to the lighthouse. If you would care for a souvenir shirt or hat ,take it and an envelope and mail in the payment. Entirely on the honor system.
 View from Lighthouse keepers home.
 The light has been automated for a number of years. The buildings were donated to the US forest service and volunteers are trying to keep the building in good repair.
 After leaving Stuart we went to Roche  on San Juan. This is the historic Hotel Haro.
Roche Harbor was at one time the largest lime works west of the Mississippi but has been an upscale stop in the Islands for decades. Some very large power yachts hover here.I was reluctant to stop but glad I did. The sculpture garden and the mausoleum are a must see. People watching here is quite interesting as well.

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