That afternoon we headed over to the town of Antacortes. I just love Anacortes, it's a small town located just on the water. Our hotel had a porch that overlooked the ferry terminal so we got to watch the ferry's coming in and out all evening. For those Grey's Anatomy's fans, you know how Derek feels about the ferry's well so do I! I don't know what it is but I love to watch and to ride the ferry's in the Washington area. The next morning we were up early to take the ferry over to Friday Harbor, one of the San Juan Islands. We had a whale watching tour scheduled that afternoon. After we arrived in Friday Harbor, we checked in for our tour and then walked around town before having some lunch. Our tour left at 1 p.m. and we were greeted with the fact that the whales were really active and we were heading out to where two pods were converging! We did a tour back when Cameron was 3 and he slept through it, so this was a big deal. We were not disappointed! The first time we did this tour, we saw about 5 maybe 6 whales. This time there were probably 15-20! They were everywhere. The natualists on board said that they thought there might have been three pods instead of just the two. I think it was mating season because there was a lot of showing off going on. It was just such a miraculous sight! Once you see them out in the wild, you never view Sea World the same way. Now, don't get me wrong I appreciate all the Sea World does and the research accomplished there but these whales belong out in the ocean. I hope you enjoy these photos, they are some of my favorites from the day!
Ok, so I know the picture on the right isn't an Orca but we got to see several bald eagles while out in the area. Ron took this one, and I think he looks so regal!
The last part of our trip was spent at Glacier National Park. WOW is all I can say! It truly is a beautiful place and one I'll visit again although you really have to want to go there as it's not an easy place to visit. The freak June storm that hit Washington also hit Montana and had dumped 12 FEET of snow the weekend before we arrived. Unfortunately, this delayed the opening of the Going to the Sun road and we were only able to get 12 miles up one way and then we had to drive around to the other side and we were able to go 14 miles up that side. While that was disappointing we didn't let it get us down. We enjoyed hiking many trails and seeing this wonderful place. I hope you enjoy these photos and maybe they'll even inspire you to plan a trip to visit one of our great National Parks!