Thanksgiving in Friday Harbor

On the car ferry to Friday Harbor

For the second year, Alice and I went to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island for Thanksgiving.  We really like the peaceful location and having a great dinner cooked by someone-else is a bonus!  This year we intended to fly up on a seaplane but due to a high-wind advisory, the planes weren’t flying so we took Alice’s car over on the ferry instead.

Lighthouse at Lime Kiln Point

This turned out great as we were able to explore more of the island than we had previously.   First we went to Lime Kiln Point to see if we could spot any whales swimming by.  Unfortunately this wasn’t to be so we then headed off to the Pelindaba Lavender Farm.  Our luck was still not holding as they had closed for the winter months.


Our luck turned for the better when we drove on to visit the historic English Camp.  There is quite a story here as the San Juan Islands had been disputed territory between the United States and Canada (acting as a proxy for the Great Britain).  This dispute flared up over a killed pig and in the end was settled through arbitration by the German Kaiser.


English garden for the officers’ families – this replaced a vegetable garden for the soldiers

Alice was able to get some lavender goodies at the Pelindaba store in the town of Friday Harbor.  We had a great room at Friday Harbor House overlooking the marina (grey and brown building on the hill in the photo below).


Mike and Patti doing a quick pick-up in ‘Mischief’

Our friends and neighbors, Mike and Patti, took their boat up to Friday Harbor to pick up their son and family before heading to another island for Thanksgiving.  Our plan was to have breakfast with them, but with the high winds they had to take advantage of a bit of a lull in the winds to quickly turnaround in Friday Harbor.

On Friday after Thanksgiving we took a drive up to Roche Harbor.  We had stayed at the marina here last year during our San Juan Island boat charter and it was great to go back and see it from a different perspective, arriving from land.

Leaving on the ferry home

Finally it was back to Seattle – after all now that Thanksgiving had passed, Alice was eager to put up the Christmas decorations!

Halloween 2016

hween-16-6Halloween is one of Alice’s favorite times of the year, and as usual the requests to decorate ‘Alice’ commenced on Sept 30.  I managed to hold out for several days and then it was time to add ghostly touches – this year we had two skeletons, the usual lights, spiders, spider webs and a new touch with some window cutouts.


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We made the annual pilgrimage to Denver and stayed at the Brown Palace.  We packed a lot into the weekend with a visit to the Boulder house, a trip up to Estes Park, going to a concert to check out a great band for Kate’s wedding and enjoyed the “Monster Brunch” at the Brown Palace with Kaitlin and Adam, and finally caught up with friends before flying home.

Adam, Kaitlin and Alice at the Brown Palace








Pirate Wayne and Alice the Wizard
“Johnny Buffet” and Patti





On Halloween we hosted the dock party and as always when we get together, we had a great time.



Bob and Cathy arrived back just in time


In addition to Jimmy’s brother “Johnny”, we had a visit from the zombie couple and a couple of cowpersons as well as neighbors just back from south of the border.


Zombie bride and groom – aka Kevin and Linda
Another cowperson aka Dean and Mickey