Midori Traveler's Notebook

San Juan Weekend

One of my goals for this year was to get a chance to explore some of the local islands of Washington State. My husband was keen on seeing whales, and since my mother-in-law was due to visit, we thought we’d make a weekend of it. So we packed up our vintage Samsonite luggage, which we had actually found on two different antiquing trips. One must always travel as stylishly as one can!

We stayed at a very charming cabin in Friday Harbor run by a woman named Juniper. It was a cozy little abode that was everything a cabin ought to be. It was built with repurposed and salvaged items, decorated with miss-matched textiles and lamps, it all came together to make for a very comfortable stay. The wooden cabinet and closet doors charmingly didn’t quite close all the way, the colorful pillows and photography reflected the owner’s many travels and the view – a wonderful view of her sheep farm, horses, and even the occasional wild deer.

We had beautiful weather the day of our whale-watching excursion and we ended up boating thirty-five miles out into Canadian waters to follow a whole family of four orcas. An added bonus were bald-headed eagle sightings and so many jellyfish floating by as we watched the whales splash around.


As all small towns go, everything closed early so there was a lot of down time. I came prepared with my journal and happily spent the time using brochures to decorate my pages along with the supplies I’d brought.  Wifi was weak, so it gave us the opportunity to digitally unplug from the world, which was a refreshing change.  I love every chance to just experience nature and silence.  Silence really allows you to truly think and reflect.

The island isn’t very big, so in two days we drove around the whole island visiting an alpaca farm, a lavender field, a sculpture garden, and a couple lighthouses. We got our National Historical Park stamps at the American and English Camps – both reputed for starting a twelve-year war over a mere pig, where I of course, had to get a couple extra stamps for my journal.

One of my favorite parts (probably the best part) was when we were on the road to visit a second lighthouse, we saw a fox curled up on the side of the road.  We stopped to make sure it wasn’t hurt, but it turns out he was just fine.  So much so that he came over to my side of the car to say hi!



Aside from a sticker, the only real souvenir I got was a unique pin cushion from the alpaca farm. I’d been on the hunt for something that deviated from the traditional red fruit pin cushion, and this was a fun little take-away from my trip.



While Friday Harbor was very enjoyable, we were happy to return to the comforts of home.  I always miss my bunnies when I am away and Buster was particularly happy to see mama.  He spent the evening snuggled up on my shoulder.  It was a great way to end such a great weekend.


One thought on “San Juan Weekend

  1. It looks like you had a great time! I love seeing some photos from your trip, I should start documenting my little adventures on the blog again 🙂

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