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San Juan Islands by Air, Ferry, and Foot

Posted on | July 19, 2009 | Comments Off on San Juan Islands by Air, Ferry, and Foot

While spending the summer in the Seattle area I have been fortunate enough to explore the San Juan Islands by air, ferry, and foot.  While traveling by different modes of transport I was struck how my perspective of the islands changed.

San Juan Islands by Air

San Juan Islands Clouds by Air

San Juan Islands Whale Shape by Air

San Juan Islands Boat by Air

San Juan Islands by Ferry

San Juan Islands Fog and Boats by Ferry

San Juan Islands Mountain by Ferry

San Juan Islands Seaplane by Ferry

San Juan Islands Seaplane Flying by Ferry

San Juan Islands Clouds by Ferry

San Juan Islands Ferry by Ferry

San Juan Islands Friday Harbor by Ferry

San Juan Islands by Foot

San Juan Island Ferry Terminal by Foot

San Juan Islands Lime Kiln Point State Park Lighthouse

San Juan Islands Roche Harbor by Foot

San Juan Islands Roche Harbor Lime & Cement Co.

San Juan Islands Roche Harbor Quarryman Hall

San Juan Islands Roche Harbor Church

San Juan Islands Roche Harbor Dragon Sculpture

San Juan Islands Roche Harbor Dragonfly Sculpture

When I was flying over the San Juan Islands I had no clue I would walk through a sculpture garden with a dragonfly in flight.  From the air I grasped the big picture of the islands but had no conception of the details hiding beneath the tree canopies.  And on land I discovered  some intricate details of the San Juans but missed the big picture of the layout of the islands.  If I had been dropped off in the the sculpture garden with a blindfold on I wouldn’t even have known I was on an island.

One of the things I love about travel is that it provides a different perspective.  But at the same time you can gain a different perspective of your own neighborhood just by looking at it in a different way.  Maybe by taking a different mode of transport – walking instead of driving or taking the bus.  Or maybe just by talking to the guy on the street that you pass everyday.

At one time in my life I aspired to see the San Juan Islands.  But now that I have seen the San Juan Islands by air, ferry, and foot,  I aspire to look at the familiar places in my life from the multiple perspectives I take when traveling.  By looking at the familiar from multiple perspectives new worlds open up and the disparate becomes connected.

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