I’m in La Conner, WA putting together my Route 66 book and Alexis invited me to join her on a whale watching tour in the San Juan Islands.
Alexis at the Anacortes Ferry Landing
First was the experience of the Anacortes Ferry to Friday Harbor and then after a short shopping excursion in this trendy little harbor we caught the boat for our ‘3 hour cruise’ to see the whales.
Our Ferry to Friday Harbor
Just like the Skipper and Gilligan promised – we were to have a Three Hour Tour on this boat.
First we saw a group of seals drying themselves out on a small island.
Then we found a group of about 80 seals playing in the water.
This Island is a nature preserve.
A lighthouse we passed as we left the Islands in search of whales.
Thar she blows! A humpback whale. We found three during our tour.
The whales began to play around another of the whale watching boats.
Getting ready for the big dive. He will remain down for 10-20 minutes before surfacing again.
Then we were fortunate to observe American Bald Eagles in their nest on Long Island. The adult Eagles stand about 3 foot tall and the nest they have built is 8 foot across. There is one adult Eagle feeding chicks in the nest and we could watch the movement from the boat.
This is a Minsk Whale – one of two that we saw.
Sailing boats in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island