Phew, we were the last vehicle to get on the
ferry; we had
to put our mirrors in and just squeezed in.
Coming back to the mainland caused a little drop in spirits,
despite the beauty
of Deception Pass State Park (our overnight campground) as
everything is less
rural, noisier and just busier. The San Juan Islands are a treat
and even if
you go for one day as a foot passenger with a bike, it’s worth
the trip (1/2
hour or so on the ferry).
As we had seen no orcas we booked a trip for the following day,
telling them we
were booking sunshine and orcas, which was exactly what we got!
We also saw
porpoises, another bald eagle, cormorants, other sea birds (not
point), humpback whales and stellar sealions. We saw no other
boats, probably because the forecast was for 30-40 knots of
Ironically the whale watching trip was off the Canadian and San
coastlines in a super boat with a cruising speed of 25 knots.
Our boat was half
empty and we had a fabulous day.
There are 3 ‘resident’ orca pods, J, K and L. We saw mostly K,
but with at
least L88 ‘visiting’.
Each humpback has a distinctive tail
Each orca has a distinctive saddle marking,
Pectoral fin slapping
Mum and 4 yr old