Took a trip out to San Juan Island for a bit of work. The ride out was a good day for boat spotting.
Tanker and its escort tug with Cypress Island behind
Commercial ship traffic passes in bound on the east side of the San Juan Islands and out bound on the west side of the San Juan Islands. Most of the ships are heading to Vancouver or Tawasen in British Columbia, Canada or to piers at Cherry Point in Whatcom County Washington. The Whatcom County piers are for oil refineries or an aluminum smelter. The above passage may see increased ship traffic if a coal terminal is built at Cherry Point or an oil pipeline is extended to Vancouver.
Canadian battleship in U.S. waters
Many San Juan Islanders stay warm with propane as natural gas (methane) is not available in the islands. Propane barges are a routine site.
Skunk cabbage in bloom
Once on San Juan Island I had the pleasure of traversing a skunk cabbage bloom in a forested wetland. The wetland is the result of concrete like glacial till underlying the site. The skunk cabbage a sign of early spring.
This was a surprise
Besides being a bit surprised seeing a camel, I am always a bit surprised at how big they are.
Mangled Orcas Formation