Tuesday, May 23, 2017

La Conner

We drove about an hour north to the small historic settlement of La Conner. It is near where one can drive to the northern end of Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island without requiring a ferry. It is in the Sagit Valley. As you can see above, the farmland gives way to the Cascade Mountains. In the distance on the left hand side, you can the white peak of Mt. Baker towering above the rest at about 10,000 feet.

The town of La Conner sits on the east side of a channel that separates the mainland from Fidalgo Island and the Swinomish Reservation. It is clearly a place frequented by boaters of all descriptions.

On the main street that parallels the channel, it seems that most of the buildings are on the historic register. They all seems to filled with restaurants, art, or souvenirs for the tourists.

About halfway along the street is a small courtyard with lots of statues and painted items.

On the side of the street facing the channel are the eats.

The water meter covers were mildly interesting. I especially like the company logo on the left.

At the southern end of the channel is the Pioneer Parkway and the bridge that connects the two sides.

For a price, you can also get kayak lessons here.

Last, but not least is the first yacht that John Wayne purchased. No fooling. This boat, the Nor'wester is the first yacht that the "Duke" purchased. It's a small world (but I wouldn't want to paint it!).