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Ferry Tales in the San Juan Islands

Program Number: 10013RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/15/2014 - 5/18/2014; 9/3/2014 - 9/6/2014; 6/3/2015 - 6/6/2015; 9/9/2015 - 9/12/2015; 10/1/2015 - 10/4/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: San Juan Islands, Washington
Price starting at: $575.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Natural History Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Enjoy a truly unique Northwest experience. Savor the ocean breezes on an expert-led adventure aboard a Washington State Ferry, chugging through deep-green waters as you glide from Friday Harbor past Orcas, Shaw and Lopez Islands in the Salish Sea. Search for orcas from coastal vantages and learn more about their sophisticated social structure at the unique Whale Museum. Uncover the Island’s rich history; from the indigenous coastal Salish people to the eclectic culture of today’s islanders.




Highlights

• Voyage through the San Juan archipelago aboard the inter-island ferry as it chugs through the islands. A Naturalist lectures while you enjoy the views!
• Uncover the fascinating story of human occupation as a Native American historian and researcher presents archaeology finds of the Coast Salish peoples.
• Visit Limekiln Lighthouse, a whale research and observation outpost and one of the best land-based sites to spot Orca whales in their native habitat.



Activity Particulars

Walking on field trips - up to 5 blocks. Dirt paths or uneven surfaces at several locations. Standing during outside venues for periods of up to one hour at a time. Frequent getting on/off buses. Buses do not have lifts. Elevators not always available at historic buildings or venues.



Coordinated by Skagit Valley College.




San Juan Islands

More than 200 individual islands comprise this archipelago off the upper northwest coast of Washington state. Only a handful are home to permanent residents, many of whom stay for the close-knit community unique to Island living.



Accommodations
Stylish inn in the heart of Friday Harbor with heated indoor pool, fitness center, complimentary bikes.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Russel Barsh

A graduate of Harvard University, Russel Barsh has devoted his career to educating and advising Native peoples on land and environmental issues. He has served as an adviser to United Nations agencies as an advocate for indigenous peoples in developing countries, and worked as the science adviser to indigenous organizations participating in the "Earth Summit," carrying out field missions in South Africa and Asia. Russel serves as the director of KWIAHT, a nonprofit laboratory in the Salish Sea.
 
Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen, Ed.D. is leader of a group of musicians called “Sugar on the Floor” who perform historical music and dances from the folk traditions. Michael is a self-described innovative scientist-counselor-eco psychologist-traditional musician-naturalist. A long time outdoor educator, Michael founded Project Nature Connect, a nature connected psychological science that restores people to their fullness, their natural integrity and deeper ideals.
 
Cindy Hansen

Cindy Hansen is education curator for The Whale Museum. Born in Gary, Ind., she earned a degree in zoology with a focus on marine mammals at the University of Washington in Seattle. While working as a naturalist onboard a whale-watching fleet, she fell in love with the San Juan Islands and the Orcas who live in the surrounding waters. Cindy has also worked with Orca Network for several years as a naturalist onboard the Washington State Ferries.
 
Kevin Loftus

Kevin Loftus is the executive director of the San Juan Historical Museum. He grew up in Chicago before attending college at Northern Arizona University. A love of cycling led Kevin to begin visiting the San Juan Islands, and after five years and many adventures, the beauty of the islands inspired him to move there. In 2008, Kevin found his dream job as director of the museum. He says he feels very fortunate to be able to share the unique history of the San Juan Islands with others.
 
Debbi Fincher

After traveling the world on ships as a port lecturer and shore excursion manager for nine years, Debbi and her husband settled on San Juan Island in 1997 because of its natural beauty and her love of orcas. Debbi quickly became involved as a naturalist on the whale watch boats to share her passion for these amazing marine mammals and to use this as an educational platform to help bring awareness to the issues that affect these creatures.
 
Lauri Fahlberg

Dr. Lauri Fahlberg is a recently retired professor of health sciences from Carroll College in Montana. Lauri has also studied at yoga institutes from Colorado to Kathmandu, and has been a yoga teacher for 30 years. Lauri grew up skiing, hiking, and climbing in Colorado, and has climbed extensively in the Rocky Mountains and the Himalaya. She has been a marathon runner, triathlete, and cyclist, competing in national and international cycling classics, and in ski marathons. In 2005, she and her husband replaced their sea kayaks with a bluewater sailboat, and lived aboard it for 18 months. In years past, Lauri’s passion for health, education, travel, and service led her to establish tuberculosis prevention programs in Nepal, work with HIV/AIDS patients and their families in Africa, assist in a medicinal plant clinic in Guatemala, and help develop a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome prevention program in Alaska. She and her husband divide their time between San Juan Island and other parts of the world.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Friday Harbor Suites
  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island 3 nights
 Friday Harbor Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: Friday Harbor Suites is an all-suites facility featuring spacious one bedroom rooms, each with one queen bed plus a comfortable pullout sofa sleeper with 7" mattress in the living room. All suites include a gas fireplace in every room, full size kitchen with utensils and coffee maker; on-site fine dining and lounge, and a great in town location accessible to museums, galleries, restaurants and services. Note: Some suites have two queen beds (one in the bedroom and one in the living room). Those participants who are rooming with an “assigned” roommate will be given priority assignment of these suites on a space available basis. If you require two beds, please note on your personal information form, or send request to: angela.atwell@skagit.edu.
  Contact info: 680 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 800-752-5752
web: www.fridayharborsuites.com
  Room amenities: Each suite features a gas fireplace, kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, private bath, duvet comforter, 32" flat screen TV, free wireless internet, and a private patio or balcony.
  Facility amenities: Courtesy shuttle service from the ferry and airport, business center with high speed internet, free WiFi in every room, outdoor Jacuzzi spa in courtyard, exercise facility, concierge staff, on site fine dining and lounge, and complimentary parking. Courtesy guest shuttle is available 7:30 am-9:30 pm.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies Please contact hotel directly at 360-378-3031 or reserve additional nights through the reservation system at 1-800-752-5752.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies Please contact hotel directly at 360-378-3031 or reserve additional nights through the reservation system at 1-800-752-5752.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Your Road Scholar program will begin with an orientation at 5:00 pm in hotel conference room. You will be staying at Friday Harbor Suites that night.
  End of Program:
Your Road Scholar program will at conclude after breakfast (approximately 8:30am) to allow ample travel time for those returning to the greater Seattle area and points beyond. You will be staying at Friday Harbor Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Complimentary off street parking readily available at the inn.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
  Nearest city or town:  Friday Harbor
  Nearest highway: Interstate 5, 30 miles
  Nearest airport:  Major: SeaTac Airport, Seattle. Small: Friday Harbor Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

From Seattle To Friday Harbor via air

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Kenmore Airlines
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

*Approx $125-145 (subject to change)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

80-90 miles

   

Regional airline carrier, offering small plane flights from Seattle's Boeing Field (King County Airport) to Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands. Baggage and weight limits apply. *Ask for courtesy shuttle from SeaTac International airport to King Co. airport.

 

SeaTac Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Bellair Airporter Shuttle
phone: 866-235-5247
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Senior fare approx $35 one way or $65 round trip
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 hours via Airporter Shuttle to the WA State ferry terminal, to catch ferry to San Juan Island. 

   

This service runs 7 days a week throughout the year except on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Select route from SeaTac Airport to Anacortes/San Juan Ferry Terminal (www.airporter.com)

 

Anacortes Ferry Terminal

 

To Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Washington State Ferry
phone: 206-464-6400

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Foot passengers round trip rate approx $10-15 varies by day of week and season.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hour ferry ride from Anacortes, WA to Friday Harbor, WA 

   

Select Anacortes to Friday Harbor/San Juan Island route. Visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries for the most current information and sailing schedule.

 

Friday Harbor Ferry Landing

 

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Friday Harbor Suites
phone: 360-378-3031

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary service for hotel guests
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 minutes 

   

Complimentary hotel shuttle is available 7:30am-9:30 pm. Local hotel number is 360-378-3031.

 

To Hotel when Shuttle is not Available

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Bob's Taxi
phone: 360-378-6777

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5-8 (rates subject to change)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

4-8 blocks

   

To shorten wait time for pickup - advance reservations are recommended. For late arrivals to the island (past 8pm) or early departures to the island (before 8 am) - advance reservations are required.

 

To Hotel via taxi when shuttle not available

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
San Juan Taxi
phone: 360-378-3550

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5-$8 (rates subject to change)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

4-8 blocks

   

To shorten wait time for pickup - advance reservations are recommended. For late arrivals to the island (past 8pm) or early departures to the island (before 8 am) - advance reservations are required.

 
Driving Directions
  From Seattle to WA State Ferry Terminal in Anacortes,WA From Seattle, drive north on I-5, about 60 miles to Burlington/Mt. Vernon. Turn west (exit 230) onto Highway 20 and continue another 20 miles west to Anacortes. Follow the signs through town to the San Juan Ferry Terminal. The Anacortes terminal of the Washington state ferry is located about 3 miles from downtown Anacortes.
  Getting to WA State Ferry Terminal in Anacortes, WA from Bellingham,WA From Bellingham, drive south on I-5. Turn west (exit 230) onto Highway 20 and continue another 20 miles west to Anacortes. Follow the signs through town to the San Juan Ferry Terminal. The Anacortes terminal of the Washington state ferry is located about 3 miles from downtown Anacortes.
  To Friday Harbor Suites from Ferry Landing Drive off ferry, turn right and follow Spring Street up the hill. The Friday Harbor Suites is about 6 blocks up on the right. The address is 680 Spring Street.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome and Orientation
(Thursday, May 15)
   
 Afternoon: Hospitality Room opens at 3:30 PM in conference room. Room check in at front desk 4:00 PM. Program Orientation begins at 5:00 PM in conference room.
 Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, home-made lasagna (choose from meat or veggie lasagna), and garlic bread – topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.
 Evening: Welcome and get acquainted program follows dinner.
   
Accommodations: Friday Harbor Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Coast Salish Archeology / Ferry Trip Aboard the Inter Island Ferry
(Friday, May 16)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.
 Morning: Morning Presentation "Views from the Islands" offers an insider’s look at contemporary life in the Islands, and explores issues affecting Island life. Then discover the authentic Coast Salish Native history with particular note of Island's rich archaeological heritage.
 Lunch: Have lunch the way you like it! Lunch will be served buffet-style and features a soup of the day with salad bar (including green leaf / spinach salad, a variety of fresh raw veggies, potato salad, three bean salad, and more) – topped off with coffee, tea, iced, water and dessert of the day.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a field trip aboard the inter-island ferry as it chugs through the islands. On-deck narration from naturalist to answer all your questions and help spot marine and wildlife as you cruise the islands.
 Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, grilled chicken, steamed veggies, and red potatoes or rice – topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.
 Evening: Rousing presentation on island history and tales about former island residents.
   
Accommodations: Friday Harbor Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: San Juan Island Excursion - American Camp and English Camp National Parks; Roche-Harbor; Sculpture Park; Limekiln Lighthouse/Musical Farewell Program
(Saturday, May 17)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.
 Morning: Enjoy a daylong field trip around San Juan Island. Begin in the morning with exploration of a National Historic Park, and a visit Pelindaba Lavender Farm. Search for wildlife along the scenic west coast of the island, as we cross the island for afternoon explorations.
 Lunch: Since we’ll be out exploring, we’ll enjoy a picnic/bag lunch today. Our caterer will provide whole fresh fruit, chips, bottled water, and a chef’s choice fresh bakery treat for everyone. Each member of the group will build their own sandwich to their liking – choosing from an assortment of meats, cheese, breads, and condiments / accoutrements.
 Afternoon: Field trip continues to the picturesque Limekiln Lighthouse, now a whale observation outpost known to locals as whale-watch park, and other points of scenic and cultural interest. End up at the North end of the island and visit either the historic Roche Harbor Village (with its lovely marina and English gardens) or visit the Westcott Bay Sculpture Park (where you can view hundreds of outdoor sculptures thoughtfully placed amidst acres of quiet forests, wetlands, meadows and rocky outcroppings).
 Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, prawns & scallops (in sun-dried tomato pesto), penne pasta and steamed veggies– topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.
 Evening: Special farewell program features local musician-composer. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!
   
Accommodations: Friday Harbor Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Departures
(Sunday, May 18)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.
 Morning: Program concludes following breakfast to allow time to return via ferry to mainland and return to greater Seattle area by late afternoon. Breakfast available early for those wishing to depart on 8:00 AM ferry.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island San Juan Island Activities
Among the many free time activities in Friday Harbor are whale watching, kayaking, beachcombing, bicycling, fishing, shopping, museums, outdoor sculpture park, historic sites, and ferry trips to other islands. For additional information, visit www.sanjuanisland.org
  San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
The San Juan Islands are just a scenic ferry ride or a short flight from the northwest Washington mainland. Whether you yearn for the slow pace of island time or the excitement of new experiences, you're sure to enjoy your time in the San Juan Islands. For additional information, visit www.visitsanjuans.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Living High


Author: June Burn


Description: A fascinating story of June and Farrar Burn who homesteaded on Waldron Island (one of the islands in the San Juan Island Archipelago).



San Juan Islands, Afoot & Afloat


Author: Marge & Ted Mueller


Description: Completely updated guide to boating and other recreational activities in the San Juan Islands. Also contains good overview of local wildlife and history.



Friday Harbor


Author: Mike Vouri, San Juan Historical Society, Julia Vouri


Description: The book was part of the town’s Centennial Celebration, which was commemorated in 2009. It focuses on the history and and people of this delightful community.





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