If you have any kind of transportation there are a lot of places to explore on San Juan Island. We had a vehicle for most of our trip so we drove around the island.
Progressing toward the north end of San Juan Island will take you past English Camp National Historic Park (which we just drove past) to Roche Harbor.
Next we headed south down the west side of the island to try our luck whale watching at Lime Kiln Point State Park.
To get to the view points there is a nice little walk down a trail that is best done in shoes that don’t tend to slip off your feet….not that I made a poor shoe selection. I had to go slow. It was irritating but I survived.
So we ended up paying for parking to watch kayakers and watch people who were watching kayakers. The whales apparently aren’t unionized so their appearances are rather random. It is just so hard to get the whales to adhere to a reliable schedule. Whales these days. Sigh…
On to the next destination.
We had been given a hot tip about a local camel named Mona who lives not that far from the entrance to Lakedale Resort. We had to go and find out. A free-range camel. OK – She is really a family pet. How cool is that.
Here is Mona’s BFF. From what I was told there was another animal that she had bonded with that they had to part with and it broke Mona’s heart. She stopped eating and drinking and was not doing well at all, so they got her this little companion and she has been happy ever since.
We happened to have the perfect music to play for Mona. I’ve heard it is a favorite among camels. I’ve attached the video clip below so you can be certain we are crazy.
It is our midnight alarm song. I’m not going to tell you how entertaining that is to me to actually get to play it for a real live camel.