Our week in Anacortes, WA

It’s been a few years since we have been up to north-west Washington. Since we have such good memories of sight-seeing and biking in the San Juan Island area we decided to return for a week. We rented a lovely vacation home in Anacortes just up the hill from the ferry terminal. We could easily watch the ferries (even at night) coming and going from the great room windows. Unfortunately, we hit an overcast, drizzly week so some of our biking desires were curtailed.

One of the first activities we did was a bike ride from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island to Coupeville. This is pretty country to be biking through and Coupeville is a charming little town. Another day we went to Mt. Vernon for a bakery treat at the Calico Kitchen followed by hike along Padilla Bay where I found a couple of geocaches. We also browsed a bit in La Conner.

On a rainy Sunday, we thought we’d explore old town Anacortes and ran into a huge motorcycle rally (the Oyster Run). It was super crowded, but fun. The next day we headed back to Whidbey Island for a hike along the bluffs at Ebey Landing and back along the beach. Since we weren’t far from Coupeville we returned there for a bite to eat.

San Juan Island ferry

We took the ferry to Port Townsend and drove towards Sequim, stopping at Blyn where we picked up the Olympic Discovery Trail and rode our bikes on it through Sequim until we got tired and then returned the same way. The next day we rode our bikes from the house to the ferry terminal, took the ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, and then rode out to American Camp National Historical Park where we hiked for a bit before returning.

That wrapped up our time in Anacortes. We visited an old friend in Seattle and did a nice, long climbing geocaching hike on the slopes of Mt. Margaret near Snoqualamie Pass before starting the long drive home.

Photo gallery for 2013 Washington vacation

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