Although we are enamored by the adventure of exploring new places (obviously, or we wouldn’t be living in a box on wheels), we also delight in revisiting favorite spots. I think relationships with places deepen when we visit time and again, in the same way that relationships with people we hold dear deepen over the years.
We’ve developed enduring relationships with many places on Lopez. There’s Iceberg Point, with rocky cliffs that plunge to a cobalt sea and orange lichen-covered rocks that are the perfect complement to the deep blue ocean. Or Watmough Bay, with its snug little cove, tranquil turquoise waters, and fairy-like mossy trails. Shark Reef is our favorite spot for a glorious sunset picnic, with views of the lighthouse on San Juan Island winking in the purple-hued dusk, and the comical sounds of the seals barking, belching, and cavorting on the island offshore.
We love biking the peaceful, meandering island roads, stopping at farm stands along the way to pick up vegetables and eggs. And the kayaking—oh, it’s glorious. Getting onto the water opens up a whole other world of possibilities. There’s Mud Bay, with a surprising view of Native Northwest totems tucked into the red-barked madrones; Hunter Bay with rocky shores studded with purple and orange sea stars; McKaye harbor and a good long paddle to lovely Agate Beach; and Fisherman’s Bay for a leisurely paddle amongst wildlife and interesting boats.
You should come to Lopez at least once in your life. Really, you should.
If you’re interested in visiting the island, you’ll find tips here for the ferry journey, as well as camping options on Lopez: Living Local On Lopez Island. [portfolio_slideshow]