We spent Saturday on Guemes (gwee - muss) Island - it is the smallest and closest of the San Juan Islands off the NW coast of Washington State. The ferry ride is less than 5 minutes. One of our favorites - we decided that a nice chilly sunshiny day in January was a perfect day for a picnic (eaten in the car with the sun shining in on us)
One of our favorites - well kept and with a great fence
Down a huge hill and in a valley - a very typical size and shape for our area
Not a barn - but this trip we also saw a lot of the tiny original cabins on Guemes - this one was next to a water tower in town, with a large family home next to the water tower - used before town supplied water - sometimes a dog or a goat was trained to run on a treadmill inside the tower to pump water if there was no wind for the windmill on top. Or the children might have to run on the treadmill if there was no dog or goat.
A woodshed with a quilt design on it. Wood is one of the main sources of heat on Guemes - there are no natural gas lines and if you use propane it has to be brought over on a separate ferry/barge in a large truck - so the cost is much higher than on the mainland.
A tree house - with stained glass windows designed by the chidren
Another old original log cabin - this one was in fairly good condition
For its age. The logs had been faced with wood planks at one time - and there is a water spigot under the windows.
In the same yard - just next door to the old cabin was a new log cabin - perhaps a studio or a guest cottage
On the way home, some drive-by photos on Hiway 20. Most of the farms no longer use the barns, but the land is given over to growing crops instead of raising cattle
The barns are melting away
Just as you leave the valley and head up into the mountains towards Bellingham, and home, is one of our favorite farms, still used and well kept - and Saturday there were Trumpeter Swans and ducks in the fields in front of the farm. A great way to end a great day.