Lopez Island

August or November ?

August or November ?

As we rolled up to the Anacortes WA ferry dock to await our 0935 boat to Lopez Island, I had to ask myself – Is this November, or is it still August?  Slight rain and mid 50’s felt a little bit like fall.  But the calendar was saying it was still summer.

No worries, there were actually two bright rays of sunshine as we sailed off to the San Juan Islands for a few days.  First- the sun was just trying to peak out from behind the clouds.  Second – We were headed to Lopez Island to visit our life long friend Colleen, and anybody who’s ever met her would tell you, she’s just a bright smiling beam of sunlight herself on even the dreariest day.

Sailing to Lopez

Sailing to Lopez

Lopez Landing

Lopez Landing

Colleen met us as we motored off the ferry boat.  The plan was she would lead us to her little cottage in the woods near Mud Bay.  Colleen had a couple of work commitments during our stay, so Susan and I would be free to trash her house, and then hold a “Lopez Island TT” on the FJR 🙂

The gnarly steep gravel road down to Colleen’s house had me thankful I had been recently rekindling my off-road motorbike skills.  Yikes!

The FJR glaring at me

The FJR glaring at me

Historic Richardson Store...(unknown credit)

Historic Richardson Store…(unknown credit)

One of the places we wanted to visit is the site of the old Richardson store at the south end of the island.  The wharf and general store served as the hub of activity for nearly a century.  Back in the late 1980’s we had ridden our bicycles there with our kids and had ice cream cones sitting on the dock next to the huge fuel tanks.

Sadly the store was destroyed by fire in October 1990 and never rebuilt.  Here is an interesting history link.

Susan at Richardson

Susan at Richardson

Filler Up Please

Filler Up Please

Fuel Tanks

Fuel Tanks

We spent some of the afternoon noodling around the island.  Some might say a motorbike with 142 HP, that can go 180 MPH could be a little “overkill” on an island where the speed limit is 40 MPH.  To them I would say, “go write your own Adventure Journal, and leave me alone”.

The harbor at Fisherman Bay

The harbor at Fisherman Bay

Sheep herding with the FJR

Sheep herding with the FJR

We had a wonderful evening catching up with Colleen.  We hiked to all her favorite beaches, had a great dinner, and laughed away the hours into the night.

Watmough Bay

Watmough Bay

Colleen and Susan at Watmouth

Colleen and Susan at Watmouth

As sunset approached we made the mile long hike out to Iceberg Point where we plopped down on the rocks and watched the sun turn the water into a million brilliant crystals.

Hiking to Iceberg Pt.

Hiking to Iceberg Pt.

Sunset from Iceberg Point

Sunset from Iceberg Point

Watching the sunset

Watching the sunset

We enjoyed a beautiful sunset, a quiet night, and woke to the usual thick layer of marine clouds.  Colleen made us a big hearty man breakfast and then we took off for a little chauffeur driven tour of the island… complete with all the local gossip and who’s who information that only a local Lopezian’ would know.

Horse Drawn Farm

Horse Drawn Farm

This place was kind of fun.  It is run on the honor system.  You just walk into the barn, select your produce, flowers, pork sausage (what ever), write your name down on a slip of paper along with the items you bought… then just stuff your money into a little tin box on the counter.  That’s it, shopping is done!

Farm stuff

Farm stuff

More farm stuff

More farm stuff

Of course we got in some more beach hikes

Bayshore Road

Bayshore Road

Mimosas on the dock

Mimosas on the dock

By the time we finished up the local tour that sun was out on the dock below Colleen’s house.  The girls celebrated with morning mimosas.

Before long it was time for Susan and I to saddle up and head off to catch the ferry back to the mainland.

Lopez Dock

Lopez Dock

Bingo!

Bingo!

The joy of riding a motorbike throughout the San Juan Islands is that you always get to motor right up to the front of the line.  No matter how many cars are waiting, or how long they have been waiting, motorbikes always load first!. Bingo!  Looks like I’m in the front row!

Kat

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About Jeff Katzer

Welcome friends. I'm a cyclist, hiker, motorbike rider, kayaker, photographer, videographer, ukulele player, snowshoer, XC skier, and BEST of all - a grandpa. Somewhere in that list above you'll find the theme of the Adventure Journal.
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5 Responses to Lopez Island

  1. Mrs B says:

    Looks like you’ve been very busy lately mister! This is the kind of trip we would have enjoyed in the van as well [and then write it up in our own adventure journal, ha!]. I like the pictures of the girls together, it’s nice to see genuine people share genuine friendship and considering I don’t have any life long friends [don’t worry, am not about to break out in tears or request therapy ;)] am kinda of jealous of their closeness. All those memories to share, must be amazing ^_^
    PS: can you convey my nice message to Colleen so that she can make me her new found friend and invite me to stay on her island, her abode looks AWESOME!
    PPS: over here we call your honor system Honesty Box #educatetheplanet

  2. Bruce Bosman says:

    Great story Jeff. I could almost feel the cool salty air on my face.

  3. Colleen says:

    I just loved the pictures and your company. Please come back soon! You and Susan are a bright ray of sunshine in my life as well.

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