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Monday, June 21, 2010

Lighthouses and Orcas

On Sunday June 20, 2010 I was treated to a Lighthouse and Whale Watching tour of the San Juan Islands in honor of Father's Day and my Birthday. My wife and son arranged for a cruise with Orcas Island Eclipse Charters aboard the 56' M.V. Orcas Express. Captain Dan and his staff took us on a wonderful 64 nautical mile cruise of the San Juan Islands, passing 5 lighthouses (Cattle Point, Lime Kiln, Turn Point and Patos Island in Washington's San Juan's, and East Point Light on Saturna Island in the adjacent British Columbia Gulf Islands). We also passed through Pole Passage which is purported to be the location of the first light (a lamp on a pole) in the San Juan Islands. As a bonus, we had the good fortune to see numerous Orcas (Killer Whales) at several points along the route, the staff identifying members of all three resident pods (J, K and L pods). The trip was a great experience and I would highly recommend Eclipse Charters, especially their Lighthouse Tours for fellow lighthouse lovers. Information on the trips can be found at San Juan Islands Lighthouse Tours or at the Orcas Island Eclipse Charters website. I have included a collage of some of the lighthouse photos I took during the cruise as well as a shot of some of the "locals". More detail on the new lighthouses I photographed on this trip will be provided in separate posts.

1 comment:

  1. Nice to see you were treated to such a spectacular experience of one of your newest national monuments!

    The San Juan Islands National Monument was designated in part to protect and restore Patos and Turn Point Light Stations. Both have docents throughout the summer season, and are partway through structural and interpretive completion.

    I hope you will consider joining one of our wonderful partner groups that are essential to the upkeep and public outreach for these historic treasures. Both groups spend lots of time on site, with support of our state park partners who manage the associated camping on those islands, and also the mooring bouys for private boats.

    Keepers of the Patos Light -
    Turn Point Lighthouse Preservation Society -