Fueled by coffee and optimism, these are my photos.
Orca mom and son, mom is the smaller one. Sons never move out while mom is around.
San Juan Islands
I'd been to Seattle a couple of times, but I'd never gone whale watching. We fixed that this trip. The pictures of the whales are not great, but there are some okay ones of being out in the water. Rather than take one of the tours that leave out of Seattle which might have taken more time getting to the whales, I figured we'd drive and take one leaving out of Anacortes, pretty much the edge of the San Juan Islands.
View of #shilsholebay. From the Ballard Locks it's a two mile walk up the shoreline to Golden Gardens Park, along mostly a wide, flat, multi-use trails with views of endless marinas. It was a pleasant enough, if somewhat boring walk. it certainly helped us work up an appetite for lunch which we satisfied with fish sandwiches at the Market Grill at Pike Place. Those fish sandwiches were one of the best meals I had the entire week. #seattle#goldengardenspark#salmon#longwalks
Seattle, in the morning standing on the Ballard Locks looking southeast into Salmon Bay. #seattle
The salmon ladder at the Ballard Fish Locks, empty. This was taken at low tide which is not a good time to see the salmon. Perhaps another reason is the shallow waters of the channel warms easily and salmon become stressed and can die if the water temperature goes above 68º. Seattle has had a very warm month. They will also stay away if there is a predator in the channel. The purpose of the ladder is to allow Salmon to freely move from the lower level of the water on the sea side, to the high level on the lake without going through the lock. I imagine on the right day, it is pretty cool to watch.