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Monday, August 22, 2016

Washington Park - Anacortes

One of our favorite parks is Washington Park - in Anacortes Washington.  It is on a point of land on high bluffs - with a narrow, paved, one-way walking, biking and driving trail.  Just room for one car - everyone is polite - walkers and bikers move to the side of the trail when cars pass them - cars drive carefully and slowly - allowing time and space for those walking and biking.

There are small parking areas in the woods along the trail - with access to high bluffs that are fitted out with benches, split rail fences and picnic tables.  We often take a picnic and enjoy the scenery - islands, bays and lots of boats.

This was our recent picnic trip to Washington Park - on a hot day - but the ocean breezes kept us very comfortable.
 The Washington State ferries pass - going to and from the San Juan Islands from the Anacortes terminal
 A good variety of boats entertain us as we picnic

 After our picnic we finish the drive around the loop - to a spot high on a bluff overlooking Burrows Bay and Burrows Pass.  With swift tides you must wait until the tide is right to get through the pass - often there are boats waiting their turn
 The scenery is majestic looking back towards Anacortes
 There is a wonderful old snag on the bluff - weathered by the wind, rain and sunshine

Just one branch on the left side is still living - tenacious old tree.  

Just to the left and and across the bay, above the marina, is a house that has been purchased recently by one of my high school classmates - what a fabulous view they will have.

20 comments:

Lorrie said...

Fabulous photos of scenes I recognize! Ferries, sailboats, power boats all go to and fro constantly, don't they? Those gnarled trees, twisted and shped by the wind, add a lot of character to the landscape. Anacortes Park looks like a great place to visit.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I really enjoyed these photographs of such a fascinating part of the world. I have been to Vancouver Island several times and this is almost in the same area - fabulous views indeed.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I love the scenic views of the water. Cool shots of the ferries. The boat mosaic is wonderful. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You always put together the most beautiful mosaics! And I'm surprised at how huge some of those boats are! Love your new banner too! Enjoy your afternoon sweet friend. Is it warm there today? Hugs, Diane

Michelle said...

I really enjoyed these photos. Such different scenery from where I live in Kentucky!

Maggie said...

Washington park looks like a wonderful place to hike, have a picnic and watch the boats sail by, such a tranquil scene. Thanks for sharing this beautiful scenery and your mosaics with me at MM this week.

Pondside said...

Every summer we say 'we must go to Anacortes' and the summers pass and we don't get there. It remains high on my list! I enjoyed your photos and they have given me a little push.

Jan Jackson said...

I enjoyed the photos. We've been to Orcas Island via the ferry. Beautiful area. Love your mosaics!

Snap said...

Love all those different boats. I have fond memories of the Washington state ferries. Fun! Gorgeous images of a beautiful state. Enjoy your week!

J said...

Your photo of the ferry gliding along crystal blue waters is the perfect picture of a carefree, lazy summer day!

simply bev said...

Beautiful! I haven't spend enough time near the water this summer. I'm going to have to do something about that!

Mary said...

One of my very favorite places in the world!

Small City Scenes said...

Hey there, love the new header.
We love Washington Park. Amazing place. Best place for super shots and amazing sunsets.
MB

Rowan said...

What a fabulous looking place, no wonder you enjoy going there. I love your header too - it's really lovely.

Kim said...

Oh what glorious landscapes seen through your magic lens. It all looks rather heavenly, JoAnn!

ann said...

As I read your commenters--I know several of them--and what amazes me is they represent the four corners of the continent and here I am in the middle, land-locked, so loving the beauty of the shore and marine way of life. It all looks so peaceful and restful. A perfect place for a picnic. A lovely post for Mosaic Monday.

Powell River Books said...

A nice spot for a relaxing day with lots of boat watching. - Margy

Summer said...

The place is so beautiful ♥

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Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

JoAnn, that is such a beautiful place. We have been there a few times in the long ago past! Your pictures are just so beautiful. Is the shop, Bunnies By The Bay still there, or am I getting that mixed up with another town? Hope to get there again, some day..Happy Thursday..Judy

Kay said...

What a wonderful spot! Nice views! I think you'll have to visit your classmate and check out how things look from that house!