Ferries carry you to the San Juan Islands

San Juan Islands

San Juan Islands - Fox on a rock

Fox on a Rock, on San Juan Island

It was a quiet morning down at South Beach, on San Juan Island. As usual, we had the whole place to ourselves. The group was strolling down the deserted, driftwood-strewn beach, while I was back by the van. I saw a red fox run through the grass, then he jumped onto a rock... Read article...

San Juan Islands

Orca whale watching in the San Juan Islands

One of the highlights of our trips to the San Juan Islands each year is an orca whale-watching trip. The San Juan Islands are a group of hundreds of islands, islets, and rocks located near Seattle, WA. Most of these are very small - in fact, so small that many disappear at high tide! ... Read article...

San Juan Islands float plane

San Juan Islands by float plane (video)

The San Juan Islands are beautiful from land and sea. Whether you're hiking, biking, kayaking, sailing, or just riding the ferry, you can't help but be struck by that. But what about from the air? This video gives you a real sense of what soaring over the islands in a small plane would be like... Watch the video...

SJI scuba diving boat

San Juan Islands - scuba diving (video)

OK, I'll say it right up front. We do NOT go scuba diving on our San Juan Islands trips! I'm a wimpy warm water diver, who only likes the tropics (think British Virgin Islands!) However, even though that water looks pretty chilly to me, it's fascinating to know what lives down there... Watch the video...

SJI ferry boat

San Juan Islands - The ferry ride (video)

Wondering about the San Juan Islands? This video shows you what the ferry travel is like out to the islands, and around the islands. If you're going on our tour, you can ignore the part about which highway exits to take - we'll handle all the driving! Just enjoy the part about being out on the water... Read article...

View from Mt. Constitution

Rosario Resort - think we should buy it?

The famous, historic resort on Orcas Island - Rosario Resort - is up for auction this month. We were just there last month as part of our San Juan Islands tours. There's a beautiful mansion built by retired tycoon Robert Moran back in the early 1900s, that's the heart of the resort. It's well worth a stop... Read article...

Orca whale T-102, San Juan Islands

So there we were... with baby orca and big daddy

We just wrapped up a couple of women's tours to the San Juan Islands. As always, we went orca whale watching as part of the trip. Every trip is different, and you never know what you're going to see, but this year our two groups were fortunate to see a couple of very special things... Read article...

Oh, it's you again!

San Juan Islands - old friend foxglove

It's almost time for our San Juan Islands trips this year, and I'd be wiling to bet that we'll see bald eagles, orca whales, and foxglove (digitalis). We often see them when we're hiking on Orcas Island. (The foxgloves, that is, not the whales!) One of the cool things about this flower... Read article...

San Juan Islands - ferry at Orcas (1000)

Photo: Ferry boat arriving Orcas Island

The San Juan Islands are an archipelago of hundreds of islands near Seattle. It's a gorgeous area, and full of wildlife -- "the land of orcas and eagles". Ferries ply the waters, and are the most common method of inter-island travel. This ferry is arriving at Orcas Island, the largest island of the chain... Read article...

Orca whales in the San Juan Islands (300)

Whales trump Bush

In the latest development in the battle of whales vs. the government, a judge has overruled President Bush: the Navy cannot be exempted from a sonar ban. Environmentalists have fought the use of sonar in court... Read article...