Saturday, August 30, 2014

Anacortes, a bird's eye view and some reminiscing...

A quick drive through Whidbey Island~~


Our ferry dropped us off at Coupeville on Whidbey Island. We are a two-motorhome caravan with Stephanie and Gary following behind.  This was a quick drive-through with no stops for sightseeing, just the beautiful pastoral scenery and endless views of the Sound, the city of Oak Harbor, and finally the Deception Pass bridge; all providing a moving picture out our big IMAX windows. We parked on the east side of Anacortes at the Swinomish Casino RV Park giving us easy access to I-5; nice facilities and fuel for the next day's drive to Vancouver.  We have a schedule! 



Arriving Whidbey Island


Anacortes, a destination~~


Anacortes and Whidbey Island have always been major summer destinations for us so these mere drive-bys were hard to bear.  We just had to at least take the few hours we had to give the family a bird's eye view of some of the scenic beauty we have so enjoyed around Anacortes on Fidalgo Island.

Cap Sante Marina overlook



Cap Sante Marina, Ferry Terminal, Washington Park~~


From the Cap Sante Overlook we drove over to the Ferry Terminal, a major arrival/departure point for ships to Vancouver Island and the San Juans.  Next a drive through Washington Park, first the beach then to the top for the views.  By this time all had agreed we had to come back for an extended stay! 


From here to many San Juan and Vancouver Island locations...


Howard, daughter Stephanie, hubby Gary

Howard

Gary

Now for the reminiscing~~


On Whidbey Island we stay at the Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor with its miles of walking paths along the waterfront.  Our friend Rusty has his trawler docked nearby and we go Dungeness crabbing out through Deception Pass:

A walk along the waterfront

With marinas...

Deception Pass

Out for a day of Dungeness crabbing

The guys pull in the crab pots

For another good haul...all have to be measured first!

Later in the evening!

Awesome Anacortes~~


From our dry-camping site at the Cap Sante Marina, now $20 a night, we have a marina view and easy walking into the lovely downtown.  The marina hosts summer concerts by the docks with wonderful fresh seafood and food stands.  There is the annual art festival in August and easy access to so many points of interest, like Island Hopping to San Juan Island for a day.

Downtown on a quiet day

Howard poses with the mermaids by the marina...


I love these Nordic Tugs, but they burn a ton of diesel & are very expensive!

Reflections...

A mass of masts...

An Overview...


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