Four months ago we began planning our “Rockin’ the Rockies” Airstream road trip and finally, here we were, at the very beginning.
The Bitterroot Beginning.
We found ourselves at the “Angler’s Roost” campground in Hamilton, Montana tucked along the Bitterroot River. We softly landed in site #19 after a full day of driving from Seattle. Daylight was still ours for a bit so we settled in and took time to relax.
I kept thinking to myself ”three weeks away from corporate America,” and those words, in and of themselves made me feel very happy.
Today we are on the West Side of San Juan Island specifically at Lime Kiln State Park. Comprised of 36 acres, Lime Kiln is considered one of the best places in the world to view whales from land. I will tell you that it is spectacularly beautiful here. Sweeping views of Haro Strait with the whale’s swimming gracefully through the waters will definitely take your breath away if not put a tear or two of emotional happiness in your eyes.
The lighthouse and park are both run on a voluntary basis thanks to the “Friends of Lime Kiln Society.” Thanks to the society, the park and light house have remained in excellent condition. It’s a wonderful thing don’t you think to see people volunteering their time, for free, to help preserve history?
When you come to Lime Kiln you can spend an entire day here. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on one of many picnic benches scattered throughout the park and don’t forget your camera and binoculars. It’s a beautiful place that you will remember forever.
~ a yogurt cake to end our beautiful day spent at Lime Kiln
~ Lime Kiln Lighthouse
Here is an INCREDIBLE video I found on YouTube that I would like to share with you. YouTube user tsksnowboarder has taken over 20 years of footage from Lime Kiln State Park and has created this incredible video. You may want to have a tissue ready – very emotional and beautiful!
We have arrived on San Juan Island and I would like to thank you for coming along with us as we begin our second journey in the San Juan archipelagos. To be able to share with you the adventures, beauty and everything else that this island has to offer makes me very happy (and excited!).
But first thing is first. A special visit to our favorite beach. SOUTH BEACH.
“I don’t remember coming here mommy…”
“Oh but we did come here and sooo many times,” I told B as we walked along the beach.
I was glad to have him back here to begin the memories again because this was such a special beach to us. Many memories here.
Years ago we began coming here to the beauty you see before your eyes. Perhaps you remember when we visited in the off season and I made an easy seafood dinner? That was a beautiful day for sure!
Today a celebration of s’mores was in order. It felt good to be back.
~ a very different kind of s’more (assembly instructions below)
If you have not had the opportunity to read my piece on the Huffington Post about Orcas Island you can do so here. It was a labor of love writing about Orcas. All of these islands are the same but yet all have very different “flavors.” I feel so very lucky (and honored) to be able to write about them for the whole world to read and discover.