Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 96 miles total; approximately 3 hours total with half in the morning and half in the afternoon. Walking up to 1.5 miles throughout day; periods of standing up to 2 hours at museum. Getting on/off ferry; ride is approximately 20 miles from Anacortes to Friday Harbor; 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 breads, waffles, a variety of fresh fruit, yogurt, and hot and cold cereals, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Once checked out of the hotel, we’ll visit the artfully designed Hibulb Cultural Center for a field trip led by a museum docent. The cultural center has over 23,000 square feet of exhibits and classrooms and the natural history preserve is 50 acres dedicated to telling the story of the “salmon people,” the Tulalip Nation. The artifacts, carvings, art and interactive displays weave insight and understanding to the land, the people, and the culture of the many Northwest Tribal ancestors. Then we’ll continue to LaConner, Washington, an artistic waterfront community in the heart of the Skagit Valley.
At a local restaurant noted for its local farm to table sourcing, we’ll have a plated Northwest-style lunch with coffee, tea, water; 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.
We’ll then be joined in the hotel conference room by a local resident expert who will offer an insider’s look at the current health of the Islands community in the face of climate change. Subjects will include a focus on human impact on the environment and ongoing efforts towards smart growth including conservation and preservation of lands, sustainable agriculture, and creating an affordable and livable community.