I wish everywhere I walked was flanked by this gorgeous fairy land moss and fern:
So far in our travels around the San Juan Islands, Sucia Island is our favorite for hiking. Today we hiked two more trails we had not yet hiked: the trail out to Fox Point (not too far, steep, gorgeous views of Fox Cove and further islands), and the trail and loop around Point Ev Henry (also hilly, takes you along both sides of Point Ev Henry so you get views of Orcas Island as well as Fossil Bay and beyond). We saw (up close, because we were up near the tops of the trees on the cliff) two bald eagles, and then down low (looking down from the cliff into a little sheltered rock cove), a very large sea otter.
This map shows our hike (starting on the blue dot at the dinghy dock) out to Fox Point (farthest left), then the Point Ev Henry loop, and back to the dinghy dock. Then the map also shows our dinghy ride around the bay and back to Airship (because we forgot to turn off the tracker, not because we wanted to show you the dinghy ride, but whatever):
And here are more photos:
Up high with the eagles:
Down there is the otter's cove:
Otter on a rock, lower left:
We got to this sign and weren't sure what it was trying to tell us.
I finally settled on "There's a spot, over there." We went over there, and this was the spot…a little round marker on a concrete post designating this point as Point Ev Henry:
Nice views of Fossil Bay on the way back:
And would you get a load of the campsites here on Sucia? They're SO pretty with fantastic views, and there are a bunch of 'em.
Here's a map of the state park that shows all of the camping areas (click to enlarge):
Most of the other boats that were here in Fossil Bay yesterday (there were 6) have gone home now. There's only one sailboat left…over on the park dock. Off season cruising is the BEST.
We're just going to chill and do some work (I know, even on Sunday) this afternoon and maybe watch three more episodes of House of Cards tonight (via the unlimited Verizon plan, hooray!)