Sunday, July 01, 2012

Philip and I returned to Red Bluff yesterday after a week-long trip to Friday Harbor, WA in the San Juan Islands to visit our friend Rebecca. We drove up highway 97 through Oregon on the east side of the Cascades and camped one night in Washington north of Mt. Rainier on our way up.

Philip at a really old railroad bridge in central Oregon. Conveniently located at a rest stop.  It was built in 1911 and crosses the Crooked River at the bottom of a 300 foot gorge.  While this bridge is still in service on the BNSF mainline, the adjacent highway has recently replaced their bridge that was built about 20 years after the rail bridge.  All of our pictures of the gorge came out poorly.

 Of course we had to take the ferry to Friday Harbor from Anacortes. Most of our recent vacations include one or more ferry rides; apparently we like visiting islands.  Hopefully we'll be able to get Ocracoke on the itinerary in the future.

 We hiked to the lime kiln at Lime Kiln State Park (no, not Limekiln Lake in Inlet, NY). 

 A 360 degree view of the San Juan Islands from the top of Mount Constitution on Orcas Island.

Rebecca and I on the interisland ferry.

On Friday morning we went sea kayaking with the marine biology lab group that Rebecca works with. The kayaks were all tandems. Philip and I had fun paddling in circles and getting hung up in the kelp forests

The chickens were happy to see us return.  Anytime in the next few weeks they should start earning their keep.

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