That first visit, we found a rugged fishing camp called Lieber Haven. The cottages were quaint and old, but we loved it. As darkness fell, we dragged chairs out to the beach. I have truly never seen so many stars. We felt almost like we were in church and needed to whisper. A few hours later, as the guys were fishing, we witnessed the most incredible sunrise ever. Perhaps it's just because we were so much further north than I'd ever been. It seemed we were surrounded by light, and it glowed pink, purple and gold.
|Orcas off San Juan Island|
A couple of years after that first visit, we returned to the Sound to visit San Juan Island. From San Juan's coast, you can see Victoria, British Columbia. And in this place, between the USA and Canada, we had our first sighting in the wild of a beautiful creature, the Orca whale. We stood in awe, watching them jump.
There were many surprises for us on the San Juan Islands. The view from the top of Mt. Constitution on Orcas Island, the Orca whales, eagles, deer, sea otters and lavender fields, just to name a few.
As a setting for your novel, this locale has plenty of potential and the research will be a pleasure. And while you're there, don't miss the Columbia River Gorge and Deception Pass (now there's a story in the making).
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