August 26, 2012 |
FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. - Two dozen hardy travelers were clustered near me on the top deck of a 114-foot ferry, most of us shivering under cloudy skies as a colorful mosaic of water and land slid by the vessel, the Victoria Clipper III. We were sailing through the San Juan Islands, an archipelago of hundreds of isles between mainland Canada, Vancouver Island and Washington state's northwestern coast. As we cruised north from Seattle, rolling hills were replaced by dark green forests and rocky bluffs that overlooked fiord-like inlets.
August 26, 2012
If you go THE BEST WAY TO SAN JUAN ISLAND S , WASH. FROM LAX, Alaska, Virgin America and United offer nonstop service to Seattle; Southwest offers direct service (stop, no change of plane); and Southwest, Delta, Virgin America and United offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $288. By ferry from Seattle: Clipper Vacations offers a scenic three-hour ferry ride through Puget Sound to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island from $70 a person for adults.
June 21, 2002 |
State divers and a fishing boat removed an abandoned fishing net near San Juan Island. Derelict fishing nets, or "ghost nets" as divers call them, can trap and kill marine animals, birds and even people. The state Department of Natural Resources and the Northwest Straits Commission teamed up to remove the fishing net that was snagged on a reef north of San Juan Island. The net is hundreds of feet long and weighs 2 tons to 3 tons.
June 9, 2002 |
Escorted by sea gulls and a cool, salty breeze, the ferry snaked around evergreen-cloaked islands as passengers gathered on the front deck to gape at Mt. Baker's volcanic dome. It was a view we almost missed. Before the ferry ride came a flight to Seattle and a 90-minute drive north to Anacortes. It had seemed like too much hassle for a weekend getaway, at least at first. But we gambled. By the time the boat pulled into Port Stanley, our worries had vanished with the gulls.
August 17, 1997
The articles in the July 27 Travel Section were the greatest in a long time. San Juan Islands and the Yukon River ("Paddling Into the Past") were a pure pleasure to read. It was a trip through the past in the present, well written! VIRGINIA JOHNSON Hesperia
July 27, 1997 |
An eagle floated above a cliff as I paddled against difficult currents in northern Washington's San Juan Islands. Swooping down over my heavily loaded sea kayak and dragging its talons like grappling hooks in the water, the eagle snagged a small fish and shot off clutching its wriggling prey. Minutes later I heard the sound of a diesel engine. I stopped and waited. Suddenly a salmon fishing boat burst into view, passing 30 yards off my bow.