Anacortes and around

I drove up to Anacortes, about an hour north of Seattle, to visit an old friend, Rick Star, who lives there are owns a restaurant. Anacortes is the gateway to the San Juan Islands. It's on Fidalgo Island - some of the islands are connected by road and some require taking a ferry.

My hotel, the Majestic Inn, had an enclosed cupola on the roof with good local views.

I walked a little ways to the Cap Saint park, on a hill nearby which had some nice views

With Rick and his wife Carole, we walked the loop road at Washington Park

The next morning I went to Pass Lake

And hiked a 2.2 mile trail loop

I then went to nearby Deception Pass State Park and hiked the trail that goes around Goose Rock

I saw Mt Baker in the distance

There were some homes with great locations just across the way

From the back of Goose Rock, I took the trail to the top of it

I also did a short trail to North Beach

And with a great view to the famous bridge that connects Fidalgo Island to Whidbey Island across Deception Pass

Rather than go back the way I came through Anacortes, I continued south on Whidbey Island to it's southern end at Clinton, 47 miles away, and got the short 10 minute ferry ride to Mulkiteo on the mainland ($8.10).