San Juan Sunrise
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Taken while on anchor in Hunter Bay which is part of the San Juan Island.
The San Juan Islands are an archipelago in the northwest corner of the contiguous United States between the US mainland and Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The San Juan Islands are part of the U.S. state of Washington.
In the archipelago, four islands are accessible by passenger ferry operated by the Washington State Ferries system.
The paradise known as The San Juan Islands consist of 172 islands with names. Three major islands (with ferry service) are Lopez Island, Orcas Island and San Juan Island. You can reach them by a Washington State ferry, airplane or boat. Good accommodations and amenities await you in the islands.
History comes alive in the islands. Historical museums on the three main islands are full of fascinating history. Or visit places like Richardson Village on Lopez Island, Orcas Hotel, Orcas Island Art Works and Rosario Mansion (and resort) on Orcas Island or American Camp and English Camp on San Juan Island.
Some outstanding parks to visit are Odlin County Park and Spencer Spit State Park on Lopez Island; Moran State Park and Eastsound Waterfront Park on Orcas Island; American Camp and English Camp National Historical Parks and Lime Kiln Point State Park (ideal for whale watching) on San Juan Island. Campers and RVs are welcome in some of these parks.
Outdoor activities are geared to boaters, bikers, hikers, kayakers, golfers, campers and horseback riders. Special treats like whale watching attract tourists. The islands are home to such marvelous creatures as bald eagles, harbor seals, river otters and killer whales. Black-tailed deer are prominent so keep an eye our for these graceful animals.
September 19th, 2011
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