San Juan Island, WA

September 6th: a 65 minute ferry ride from Anacortes to San Juan Island, a 20 minute drive to Lime Kiln State Park, 95 minutes of looking out at calm waters on a grey gloomy day, and then suddenly ORCAS!  Most magnificent thing we’ve seen yet and guys, we saw the eclipse.

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Bellingham, WA

On September 5th, we met Candice in Bellingham and got another great tour of beautiful Washington.  First stop was the Semiahmoo Spit in Blaine, WA, followed by a walk around the Semiahmoo Resort at the tip of the spit, and a wave at the Canadians across the way.  (If they waved back we couldn’t tell because the haze from the fires has followed us.) From there we went into downtown Bellingham and had lunch at La Fiamma on Chestnut Street.  Candice knows beautiful scenery and great food!  We stopped by the Chuckanut Bay Distillery for a tasting and finished up with a walk in Whatcom Falls Park.  Another wonderful day with Candice which we are so grateful for.

Whidbey Island, WA

On September 2, my Aunt Candice met us at Fidalgo Bay and took us on a fabulous tour of Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands.  The last time Candice and I saw each other was 15 years ago and she had never met Johan before!  She recently moved back to Washington (Bellingham) and knows all of the best spots to see.  On our tour we saw Washington Park, Deception Pass, several beautiful beaches and had lunch at Front Street Grill, the little red building at the end of the pier in Coupeville.  Right down the way was the muscle farm; naturally Johan gave the muscles a try and declared them to be VERY good.  (He’s somewhat of a connoisseur of both muscles and whiskey.)  What a wonderful time we had! What we didn’t see with Candice we went back to check out the next day: Fort Casey, Greenbank Farm, and the Whidbey Distillery in Langley.