Sunday, March 16, 2008

Duck, Duck, Goose

Dan I and just got back from a fantastic weekend on San Juan Island. We are now officialy spoilt. We can no longer transfer to the island with the hordes (i.e. via ferry) or stay anywhere other than a 180 degree waterfront view property. Hugh very kindly flew us up on his private plane, which was a blast as I even got to fly it for a bit. He also provided us with a waterfront bedroom, our own 4x4 for exploring, fabulous wines (Ferarri-Carano Russian River 2005 Vintner Select Chardonnay) and self-caught wild salmon from Alaska. He also booked us on a 3-hour Orca spotting trip - the one downer of the weekend as we didn't see any Orcas and were freezing cold the whole time - however, we did see Steller's Sea Lions out swimming in the channel; they were pretty cool. Saw lots of waterfowl (Harlequin Ducks, 3 different kinds of Merganser, Buffleheads galore, Loons, Surf Scoters), Bald Eagles, and a Belted Kingfisher this weekend. Thanks Hugh!

Harlequin Ducks
Steller's Sea Lion
Canada Geese just after sunrise
View from Hugh's Cattle Point house at sunrise

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