Washington State Ferry

Washington State Ferry

We drove the smart fortwo to Anacortes to take a 90-minute ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. On our drive, three or four miles on Chuckanut are narrow and heavy vehicles like our RV are not allowed. After waiting for some time, we drove aboard the ferry in a lane pinched between two large trucks. On our arrival in Friday Harbor we walked the streets, noting restaurants, shops, and bed-and-breakfast options. We passed the Whale Museum and decided to visit for another time. We waited in line for Downriggers which rewarded us with an outside table directly overlooking Friday Harbor. After lunch, we drove south where we visited the American Camp, a National Historic Park. We viewed an informative film that used watercolor paintings to tell the story about the ownership of the island. In 1859 and for some years thereafter ownership was shared with the British in the north, the Americans in the south. Outside the Visitor’s Center a telescope was focused on an eagle’s nest. We completed our island tour by going to the Cattle Point Interpretive Area. We passed a lighthouse but didn’t see any way to visit it. We returned to the Friday Harbor Ferry Landing and got in line at about 2:30 p.m. for the 3:45 ferry. Because we did not have a reservation, we had some anxiety about whether we would be able to board the ferry. There was no need to worry as there was some unused space. It was interesting to use the Washington State Ferry System, but I wouldn’t want to depend on it daily.