We love visiting the islands off the coast of N. Washington. One of our favorites is Lummi Island. It is about a 45 minute drive down Lummi Peninsula (named for the Native American Lummi Tribe that inhabits the peninsula) to the small ferry dock. Just a 5 minute ride across the channel and we are there. You pay your fare on the trip to the island - and it is round trip so no bothering with tickets on the way back.
There was so much to see that I will do a couple posts about the island.
This is the small ferry - it holds about 20 cars and some walk-on passengers. Some of the people that live on Lummi Island have cars on the island and on the mainland - it saves on the cost of the ferry ride if they walk on. There were several people pulling carts loaded with groceries and such.
The trim on the ferry (upper left photos) is painted in Seattle Seahawks colors - for those not familiar with them - the Seahawks are the "local" football team and went to the SuperBowl two years in a row - and there is Seahawks mania everywhere - even on the state ferries.
We started our day on the island with a driving tour - there are many fine old houses - this one is empty but some new work had been done on the porch so I'm hoping it is being restored.
The lawn is mowed and the heather down the front walk looked well tended.
A rose arbor leads to the walkway up to the house - no steps up to the porch yet - but maybe they are next to be built.
The views from both sides of the island are amazing. You can see up the Strait of Georgia
Lummi Bay and Rosario Sound
And across Bellingham Bay to Mt Baker
This may be my all time favorite photo of Mt. Baker - to the right are The Sisters - can you imagine waking up to the view every morning?
And of course we had to look for eagles. We only found one, on the back side of the island. Usually there are several there, but that day just that one. In the middle of the photo - on the dead tree.
The eagle was very patient - sat there for a couple hours - until we came back after lunch.