Camping on Lopez

We spent the Memorial Day weekend camping and biking on Lopez Island (one of the San Juan Islands). It’s not far from Seattle – a 2h drive and a 40min ferry ride – but I had never been there yet. It’s a very popular destination for weekend get-aways, and all the state park campsites were full up. We got lucky and were able to secure a spot at a nicely situated private campsite.
 
P1090001 We left Seattle on a very rainy and cold Friday morning … not the best start for a weekend of outdoor activities. Luckily, the further north we drove, the better the weather became. By the time we reached the ferry station in Anacortes, it was a pleasant mix of sun and clouds; we barely minded that our ferry run was canceled and we had to wait 1h for the next one.
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The crossing is very scenic, passing by a number of smaller uninhabited islands. Altogether, there are 457 islands in the San Juans, though few are large enough to be permanently inhabited.
 
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Lopez Island is one of the smaller islands, about 12 miles long and 3 miles wide. There’s just one tiny village – the rest of the island is beautiful coastline, rolling farmland, and of course a large number of residences of retirees, seeking the slower-paced island lifestyle. Perfect conditions for a weekend of relaxed biking and exploring.
 
 
 
 
 
Here are just a few of the things we encountered while touring the island:
 
P1090023 A whimsical exhibition of island art in a rural garden setting; P1090016 deer peacefully grazing in the residential gardens (guess why all the vegetable gardens were surrounded by 7ft fences); P1090043 spring lambs (this one was affectionately known as ‘Lamburger’); P1090125 unexpected exotic birds by the roadside; P1090102 seals relaxing in the sun; P1090112 beautiful beaches.
 
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On our way back to Seattle we stopped at a great little antique store we spotted in Anacortes. They had a great selection, unlike so many other antique stores that are more reminiscent of a yard sale. We were particularly smitten by some of the nice wrought iron gates and fencing they had (a lot of it sourced from New York) – it could look very nice in our garden.
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