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Blue Skies in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Near Seattle

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

It is GORGEOUS here this morning. We will be pulling away from the docks at 1:00 from now until October 2.  June 12 starts our additional “Sunset Orca Whale Watching Tour” at 5:30 pm. At that time of the year it stays light until 10 PM.

No official orca report YET today, but J pod of orca whales have been in the area recently, so we are feeling pretty good about today’s tour.

Stay tuned for the naturalists report this evening. Over and out for now, Colleen

Strong Winds, Urgent Times

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

The weather was beautiful- sunny AND warm. Unfortunately, there was a raging wind. We had to cancel our trip and the ferries were either canceled or delayed. The weather tomorrow looks much better and we are running our scheduled 1pm trip.

Naturalist, Lauren Sands

Resident Killer Whales off the West Side of San Juan Island!

Friday, April 30th, 2010

What a first day back on the job! This is my third season working for San Juan Safaris. At the beginning of every season I can’t wait to get back out on the water. Today was my first day back on the boat and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect welcome back! We departed Friday Harbor having heard word that the Southern Resident Killer Whales were off the coast of Victoria headed eastbound. Captain Craig informed me that rough seas might make an encounter with the orcas a no-go. But, much to my excitement as we headed out of the harbor we heard word that the seas had a calmed a bit and Captain Craig decided to make a go for it!

A few minutes after passing by Lime Kiln State Park I saw a male dorsal fin off in the distance! The waves were tumbling us back and forth, but luckily the guests were ready for an adventure! We shoved on through and had some FANTASTIC views of J28 and her new baby J46!! We also saw at least two males, one of which I think we Riptide, or J30 (a 14 year old male). The orcas were spread out and appeared to be fishing based on their sporadic surfacings.

It was a wonderful trip, despite the rolling sea. My unbridled enthusiasm to be back around the Southern Resident Community of orcas sparked joyous excitement in the guests and, as usual with San Juan Safaris, we all had a great time!

Agritourism in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, by Seattle

Friday, April 30th, 2010
Plan a visit to San Juan Island this spring for a weekend filled with farm and food activities. This first annual event will include more than 15 farms and island restaurants serving locally-grown foods. Visitors can experience everything from the farmers’ market and farm tours, to cooking classes and wine releases, to educational farming workshops. For a detailed list of activities, dates and times, click here.
Just contact the listed farms and restaurants directly to book classes and to make dinner reservations. Check out our lodging specials & packages web page for special rates during this weekend. Enjoy!

Whale Watching Tour near Seattle Off San Juan Island

Monday, April 26th, 2010

We had a small group today. Only 3 families and it felt like a private charter. I love our small groups even when the days are gray because I can connect to everyone and give people individualized attention. One family from Seattle had two adorable and well behaved girls.

We traveled north, past Speiden Island to Stuart Island. We timidly stuck our nose into Haro Strait along the west side of San Juan Island because we’d heard that the waves were building. They were so large off the west side, the whale watching boats from Victoria had to turn around and go home. Now that I’m back in the office, the winds are rapidly picking up.

One of the families on the tour just bought their first sailboat and are eagerly learning how to sail. The father’s first question to me was about currents. He stated his nervousness about sailing in them. It was amazing timing too because right after he asked, before I could even explain it to him, Captain Craig slowed down the boat to let the passengers feel what it was like to drift with them.

In the San Juans on a flood current, millions of gallons of water flood in from the open ocean, through the islands, and into the Strait of Georgia. On an ebb tide, millions of gallons of water ebb from the Strait of Georgia into the open Pacific. I like to describe the area as a giant toilet bowl that flushes 4 times a day.The currents here run in ebbs and flows and are measured in knots. There are usually two ebbs a day and two floods a day. The movement is horizontal like a river, which is why its measured in speed. The currents create the tide, as when millions of gallons of water flood in, the waterline rises and when millions of gallons of water ebb out, it lowers.

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