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 by Ferry
San Juan Islands by Foot
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.