What to do in San Juan Islands
Nature is the name of the game on the San Juan Islands, a collection of some 700 islands in the Puget Sound off Washington’s coast. Only four of the islands—San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, and Shaw—are served by a ferry; these four host the area’s restaurants (from casual to fine), art galleries, inns, and antiques shops. Adventurous travelers can reach some of the other islands, such as Matia and Turn, by sailboat or sea-kayak. Orca whales are the stars of summer, and dolphins, porpoises, harbor seals, and sea lions can make appearances anytime. Seabirds, such as gulls and cormorants, nest on the grassy isles, while bald eagles prefer the tops of the pine and fir forests here. It’s a lush environment, but that doesn’t mean it rains constantly. Because the islands are in the Olympic Mountains’ rain shadow, they receive only half as much precipitation as Seattle.
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- im going to Seattle Sept. 18th thru 23rd. Can I take a Ferry to the Islands and where can...
im going to Seattle Sept. 18th thru 23rd. Can I take a Ferry to the Islands and where can I get the Ferry?
Asked on August 24, 2010 by an anonymous user | 160 views
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- Where can I shotgun deer hunt? I am looking for National Forest areas.
Where can I shotgun deer hunt?
I am looking for National Forest areas.
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