Day 6: San Juan Island, Friday Harbor
No wind! But a deck shower and crab omelets for breakfast made a great start for the morning.
Even without wind, the morning just got better. A transient pod of orcas showed up! We spent about ½ hour watching the whales feed. The orcas were playing with their food, a seal that was not quite quick enough. The seal feeding distinguished this pod from the resident pods that only feed on salmon (primarily chinook, fattier than the other types). The resident pods of orcas are threatened by a combination of reduced salmon numbers, noise pollution in the water from increased boat traffic, sonar, etc., and poisoning from PCB’s and other carcinogens in the environment.
Wind speed finally came up above 6kts and we put up sail for a little while until it dropped back down below 4. If we kept at this, we wouldn’t make Friday Harbor by nightfall, so we furled sail and motored the rest of the way. Friday Harbor on San Juan Island is the largest port in the San Juans and home to a slew of enormous yachts. We went ashore to check out the town of Friday Harbor, and spent about an hour at the Whale Museum and then went for ice cream (as if we didn’t have enough food). We found this great ice cream place that had some exotic flavors including Kentucky bourbon that had real bourbon and required ID. It paired nicely with apple pie ice cream. I was thinking about going back before we left port tomorrow morning after breakfast.