Friday Harbor, where every day is FriYAY!

U.S. by us

Situated in the northwest corner of Washington State, the San Juan Islands are gems that attract visitors, adventurers, salmon and Orcas.Spanish explorer Francisco de Eliza visited the islands in 1791 sailing under the authority of the Viceroy of Mexico, Juan Vicente de Güemes Padilla Horcasitas y Aguayo, second Count of Revillagigedo (quite a mouthful). Eliza named them the San Juan Islands in honor of the viceroy, along with Orcas Island, which is short for ‘horcasitas’, not for the Orca whales that swim by.

We stuck with San Juan Island, the principal island of the four main islands, and the town of Friday Harbor as our base. There is more than enough to keep us occupied on this island. Another trip and more time will have us inter-island hopping to Shaw, Lopez and Orcas and possibly a visit across the border to Victoria in Canada.We explored the cute town…

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