One of our favorite picnic destinations is Washington Park, in Anacortes. It is a city park and has boat launches, picnic areas, swimming beaches and miles of driving/walking trails that follow along the cliffs overlooking the San Juan Islands.
All sorts of boats go up and down the channel.
A whale watching boat coming back to the harbor after a day of searching for whales.
We stopped at Gere-A-Deli and got sandwiches and Cole Slaw for our picnic.
Don taking a stroll after lunch. We have had such a dry summer that everything is parched and dry. Usually this grass would be very green.
The Washington State Ferries come and go to the San Juan Islands. The ferry system is the largest in the world, both in number of ferries and miles traveled each year.
Often there are several ferries passing in the channel
Even with each other
And continuing on - since they can load cars from either end and have pilot houses on both ends it is hard to tell which is coming and which is going.
A man came along on his peddle kayak. He had to have come a long ways to get to where he is, and he was peddling against the current. If he doesn't head home before the tide changes he'll be peddling against the current again.
The seagulls came flocking to one area - they had found a school of small fish to feast on Notice the long Cormorant in the middle of the photo.
And a diving duck just went under
There he is - back again (upper left). They were too far away for me to identify the duck.
Settling down after the feast.