Finishing Up Summer Out Of The RV – Anderson Island, San Juan and The Gulf Islands

September was a busy month of travel and all without the RV. I think we made the best of the beautiful waning summer weather.

Anderson Island is the southernmost island in Puget Sound almost 8 miles square.  Accessible by a 20-minute ferry ride from Steilacoom and home to just over 1,000 full time residents. I flew in to spend a few days catching up with my mom who moved here just over a year ago. This tiny island is so cute and a real throw back to yesterday. Neighbors looking out for neighbors. A single store/post office/coffee shop.

My mom and a few of her flowers

A beautiful spot on one of the trails on Anderson Island

The summer bounty of fresh blackberries – soon to be cobbler!

San Juan Island is another island on the opposite end of Puget Sound. We spend time here every summer with family and friends enjoying the beautiful area. The archipelago comprises over 400 islands and rocks, 128 of which are named, and over 478 miles of shoreline. But we tend to stick to our little piece of shoreline and watch the world go by and the sunset, enjoying every minute. With no RV and no car in the area it was easiest to catch a float plane from Seattle (my favorite mode of transportation).

Rosie and her price winning chicken ‘Noodle’ at the San Juan County Fair

Stella showing off her price from winning the Chicken Race at the fair

Pulling in our catch for the day – yummy!

Cleaning up our catch and getting ready for a really fresh dinner with friends

Eclipse viewing from the boat. We didn’t have totality, but it was still pretty darn cool!

TheGulf Islands are in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia, Canada. I have been cruising this area with my dad for as long as I can remember. We had a great time visiting spots we hadn’t seen in years. Boat life isn’t that much different than RV life (except for the 800 gallon water tanks)! I met up with my Dad in Campbell River which required a ferry and rental car. This summer travel is beginning to cover every mode of transportation possible.

Home base for wandering around the Gulf Islands

A single log dug out canoe in Campbell River – amazing workmanship!

Savary Island outside Lund – walking on beautiful sandy beaches

Dad and Cam at Buchart Gardens

The beautiful sunken gardens of Buchart


This is the narrow pass we entered to Princess Louisa Inlet. We waited for the tide to ‘slack’ and powered through the rapids. An amazing beautiful glacier cut fjord.

The rushing water at Malibu Rapids as we enter Process Louisa Inlet

Hiking through a true mossy forest inside Princess Louisa


The reward at the head of the inlet – Chatterbox Falls. Believe me, they are aptly named!

The captain shuttling me around in the early hours for a little photo shoot – we are exploring Predaux Haven for signs of ruins, fruit orchards and other clues we have read about in ‘The Curve of Time’

Bend We made it back to Bend as the smoke lifted from all the fires and the summer wrapped up. Topping off the late summer of crazy travel methods I went from Anacortes to Bend using a Greyhound Bus, light rail and an Amtrak Train. I am still partial to the RV as the most comfortable for travel. Catching up with friends in Bend has been a blast. Of course since we are technically home there is also the cleaning out of the storage unit and attending jury duty. Time to catch up on all that we have been ignoring since our last visit in January.

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