Curiousity compelled us to ferry out from Anacortes to visit the San Juan Islands. Not being familiar with this area, we wanted to venture to the islands and chose the most populous San Juan Island. The ferry ride from Anacortes to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island takes approximately an hour and a half (includes a stop at Lopez Island) and costs about $100 round trip for a vehicle of 5. Ferry reservations are recommended.
Snowy mountains, evergreen trees, the ocean… how typically Washington does this photo get? All it needs is Big Foot wearing a Seahawks scarf and drinking a latte from Starbucks. And rain! –but we were lucky enough to have a few days of sunshine during our visi
The beautiful sights make an hour and a half ferry ride go by quickly.
Once off the ferry, we headed to Lime Kiln Point State Park –also known as “Whale Watch Park”. It’s a 36-acre day use park on San Juan Island and is considered one of best places in the world to view whales from land. Whales can be seen from just 20 feet away from the shore, breaching and spyhopping. We visited during off-season but the lighthouse built in 1919 had a sign indicating their last pod of whales sighted on December 16th.
The easy, 1.6 mile trail takes hikers along the coast through a beautiful forest and…
…an operational lighthouse!
We did not see any whales, but we did see a lone Harbor Seal bobbing in and out of the water in various places.
In the 1860s, several lime kilns were built on San Juan Island. This is a restored lime kiln for exhibition. The areas adjacent to the park were quarried for limestone for nearly 90 years.
Residue from the lime process can still be seen on the cliffs of the island.
Jack very much enjoyed his day exploring Lime Kiln Point State Park!
Lime Kiln Point State Park Overview
- Address: 1567 West Side Rd, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
- Fees: $10 Day Use or $30 Annual Discover Pass
- Difficulty: Easy
- Usage: Moderate
- Length: 1.7 Miles Loop
- Things to note:
- Ferry to San Juan Island from Anacortes takes approximately an hour and a half (includes a stop at Lopez Island) and costs about $100 round trip for a vehicle of 5.
- Reserve ferry passage online as spots are limited.
- Pets allowed: Yes
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