Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 100 miles total throughout the day; about 3 hours combined, with stops. Walking approx. 1 mile throughout the day; paved paths; standing about 2 hours at Locks. Getting on/off ferry; ride is approx. 20 miles; about 1.5 hours. Short shuttle ride from ferry to Friday Harbor hotel.
In the hotel breakfast room, we’ll have a buffet featuring an egg dish, breakfast meats and potatoes, a variety of fresh fruit, breads, and assorted pastries, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
After checking out of the hotel, we'll travel via motorcoach to explore the Hiram Chittenden Locks, which opened in 1917 and are nicknamed the "Ballard" Locks. The locks provide an important link for boats between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which connects eastward to Lake Union and Lake Washington. Led by a docent, we'll enjoy watching the parade of sailboats, motorboats, tugs, barges and yachts passing through, as the locks' water levels are adjusted to allow their safe passage. Then we’ll watch the fish ladder that was built to allow salmon to pass between fresh and salt water, and to navigate the locks. Glass panels below the water line make it possible to watch for fish.
At a favorite restaurant overlooking Lake Union and Seattle's iconic Space Needle in the distance, we’ll choose plated meals from a select menu, with lemonade, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Next, we'll board our motorcoach and travel northward to Anacortes where we'll board the Washington State ferry bound for San Juan Island. You may wish to enjoy the view of the National Scenic Byway through a tapestry of Islands from the inside passenger cabins or from the outside decks as we take our 1.5 hour journey through the archipelago to Friday Harbor. Upon arrival at the dock in the late afternoon, we’ll make a quick transfer via shuttle check into the hotel.
At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a tasty buffet meal featuring salad, a main entrée, sides, vegetables, and dessert, plus coffee, hot and iced tea, milk, water. You may bring other beverages of your own with you.
At leisure. You may wish to socialize with new friends, play games, or enjoy the hotel's amenities.