Orca Baby Boom in 2015

0
orca baby

 

orca baby

Baby J50 (Scarlet) with Mom J16 (Slick) December 2014. Photo by David Ellfrit, Center for Whale Research

After three years of unsuccessful orca births, the Southern Resident Killer Whale population has experienced a baby boom in 2015, with the seventh new calf announced this past week.

These births bring the total count of orcas in the J, K, and L pods to 84*:  J-pod has 29, K pod has 20*, and L pod 36.

Four of the newborns received their names from the Whale Museum in September:  J-50 is Scarlet, J-51 is Nova, L-121 is Windsong, and J-52 is Sonic.  The public voted in person and online to help christen the new calves with names to go along with their official numbers.

Details regarding the newborns can be found at The Whale Museum, and at Orca Network.  The named orcas can be “adopted” with donations to the Whale Museum, and the Orca Network offers the opportunity to sign up for the latest news about Orcas through email.  The Center for Whale Research has been tracking the resident orcas for over forty years, and their website has a wealth of scientific information regarding these magnificent marine animals.

* The number of SRKW individuals in the wild is 83, but we are including Lolita, who is a member of Kpod but has spent the last 40 years in captivity at Miami Aquarium.

More whales means the need for more salmon for them to eat, which means continuing the efforts to keep the Salish Sea free of pollution and releasing water from obsolete dams on mainland Washington.

The staff of Harrison House Suites works with the San Juan Island community to raise awareness of the health of our surrounding waters, and our underwater neighbors J, K & L pods.

Enjoy our “baby pictures” !!!

 

orca

Baby L123 (sex unknown) with Mom L103 (Lapis) born November 2015. Photo by Mark Malleson

orca babies

Baby J 53 (sex unknown) with probably mom J17 (Princess Angeline) first seen October 2015. Photo by Mark Malleson

orca baby

Baby L 122 (male) with Mom L91 Muncher, born September 2015. Photo by Center for Whale Research

orca baby

Baby L121 (Windsong) with Mom L94 (Calypso) born February 2015. Photo by Candace Emmons, NWFSC

orca baby

Baby J 51 (Nova) with Mom J41 (Eclipse) born Febraury 2015. Photo by David Ellfrit, Center for Whale Research

orca baby

Baby J52 (Sonic) with Mom J36 (Alki, born March 2015, Photo by David Ellfrit, Center for Whale Research

Harrison House Hosts the Red Chair

0
Red Chair and Harrison House Suites

Harrison House Suites was host to the Travelling Red Chair this past month. It arrived by ferry and left the same way a week later, off to be hosted by another member of the Washington Bed and Breakfast Guild. The Red Chair is on its fourth year of journeying around the United States, and has become a symbol of the warmth and hospitality offered by a bed and breakfast inn such as Harrison House Suites.

Under the arch at Harrison House

Under the arch at Harrison House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was my pleasure and privilege to accompany the Red Chair around the island to a number of events and sightseeing opportunities.  In the process, I came to see how placement of a common household item into wild and offbeat surroundings created a work of art, a moment of contemplation, and a unique experience for all of us.

The Red Chair (I began calling it “she” somewhere along the middle of the week) and I had an ambitious schedule, and it was, after all, the “quiet time” on the island.  It seemed a pretty straightforward project:  haul the chair somewhere, set it down, take pictures, then off to the next site.  It just never worked out that way.

Red Chair Toting

Red Chair Toting

People stopped and asked questions, sat on the Chair, covered it with dogs,helmets, scarves and cups.  The wind at Lime Kiln State Park tried to take the Chair into the Strait of Juan de Fuca one morning.

Pet friendly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were all envious of the Chair when it went whale watching with Maya’s Legacy Charters and saw NINE humpback whales on the trip.

NINE humpbacks - sheesh!

NINE humpbacks – sheesh!

I met the Red Chair as it was sitting in the Harrison House Suites Garden Room Café, where the guests meet up and have their gourmet breakfast each morning.

Waiting for Breakfast at the Harrison House Suites Cafe

Waiting for Breakfast at the Harrison House Suites Cafe

I admit I was not that impressed, knowing that this chair had been in a Vermont wedding, atop mesas in Santa Fe, and hanging out with the Oregon Coast Guard.

360 degree views

360 degree views

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave and Anna Maria took “Red” out that afternoon to South Beach and Cattlepoint Lighthouse at American National Park.

Monday morning I set out with “Red”to Lime Kiln Lighthouse, located on the west side of the island. The weather was imposing, but as I posed the Chair in various ways, the wind was robust, the waves were banging against the rocks, and we had complete solitude – it was wonderful. The creative idea of posing Red on top of some windswept rocks near the lighthouse resulted in me climbing down the cliff to rescue her from an unplanned dip into the sea.

Red Chair takes unscheduled flight

Red Chair takes unscheduled flight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The week was full of adventures; an early morning drive to Roche Harbor to sit in a kayak  with San Juan Outfitters, hike to the McMillian family Mausoleum, and tour the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park; back to Friday Harbor to pose with the whale tail, visit the Island Museum of Art, and hang out with Red’s elders.

Sculpture by Micajah Bienvenue,

Sculpture by Micajah Bienvenue,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Chair and I visited the Friday Harbor Airport, attended a Friday Harbor Town Council meeting, watched the ferries from the end of the docks, and took a trip up Mt. Grant with a San Juan Preservation Trust Board Member.

Red Chair needs to put its helmet on.

Red needs to put its helmet on.

On another day, we visited with Susie of Susie’s Mopeds, waved at some Trumpeter Swans, met up with Elaine and her five dogs,

Quick stop at IMA

Quick stop at IMA

 

and soaked up some culture at the San Juan Museum of History.

Pioneer Cabin at the San Juan Museum of History

Pioneer Cabin at the San Juan Museum of History

At the Totem near the Docks

At the Totem near the Docks

 

 

 

Early morning at Sculpture Park

Early morning at Sculpture Park

 

Red Chair at Friday Harbor Town Council

Red Chair at Friday Harbor Town Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We did some bird-watching and sat for awhile in the peace and quiet of the Tucker House Inn and Harrison House Suites gardens.

 

Tucker House

Tucker House Inn

When we saw something interesting along the side of the road, we stopped!

It's FALL for Cow and Pig

It’s FALL for Cow and Pig

There was Cow and Pig, the Teddybear Tree, The Rock, The Brickworks Pig, Friday Harbor Seafood and Popeye’s statue.

Paying respects at the Mausoleum

Paying respects at the Mausoleum

 

Respecting our Elders

Respecting our Elders

When Red and I walked into the Whale Museum, the lady at the counter said, “Oh, yes, everyone brings their own chair in here.”  While the Chair was visiting, our local online newspaper San Juan Update published a long article about her. When we came out of the Town Council chambers, two women on the sidewalk said “Oh it’s the Red Chair!”.

Boning up on Whales

Boning up on Whales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know this sounds a bit corny (a bit?) but when the Red Chair left on Friday morning, I was sad.

Waiting in the Ferry Line Friday Harbor Terminal

Waiting in the Ferry Line Friday Harbor Terminal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had been to 33 different places and events in our short time together, but we missed so many other delightful spots!  Mona the Camel, the Red Strawberry and Yellow Submarine, Spike Africa, the Alpaca Farm….oh well, maybe next trip.

For more details on the adventures with me and Red Chair, keep checking this blog!

 

Booking Some San Juan Island Books

1
reading
Time for relaxing with a good book

Time for relaxing with a good book

Something about the beginning of Fall and Winter makes me want to set aside a stack of good books to read when the sun sets early, on that occasional afternoon when the weather doesn’t allow a long hike in the woods, and when I feel the need to escape for a few hours into another world.

This year, I am on a special quest:  novels based in Friday Harbor and San Juan Island.  I am amassing a list to submit to the San Juan Library for inter-library orders, posting a request for suggestions on Facebook, and performing a number of internet searches to uncover the stories.  Please help!

Harrison House Suites Bed and Breakfast offers such wonderful spots to curl up and immerse oneself in an author’s rendition of a Friday Harbor mystery, a San Juan Island romance, an island pioneer’s  memoir , or the Salish Sea as seen through the eyes of a Southern Resident Killer Whale.  Each room has a cozy couch or comfortable bed in which to retire for a few hours of reading.  Stepping outside in the bright crisp fall or winter afternoon only requires the addition of a warm wrap or soft throw; find a sunny spot on the community deck or lay out a blanket on the lush green lawn of the adjacent Tucker House garden area under the willow tree.

Warm and cozy spot for reading

Warm and cozy spot for reading

I have begun my list of books!  Feel free to add your favorites of those set in Friday Harbor and/or San Juan Island.  Reviews will be coming!

Lisa Kleypas romance series – several novels set on San Juan Island.

Romance in Friday Harbor, Lisa Kleypas style

Romance in Friday Harbor, Lisa Kleypas style

A Fine Mess of Things – L. A. Buday

Friday’s Harbor – Diane Hammond

Written by Sue Carnes

Written by Sue Carnes

My Champion – Sue Carnes

  Forward Passes – Jami Davenport

Best Selling Author Laurie R. King writes about San Juan Island

Best Selling Author Laurie R. King writes about San Juan Island

Friday is the name of an Orca

Friday is the name of an Orca

China Rock – Laura Kelly Robb

Author L. A. Buday

Author L. A. Buday

Mystery of Daisy Doe – Charlotte Carter

You May Now Kill the Bride – Deborah Donnelly

Folly – Laurie R. King

The Blood Cries Out – Karl Bjorn Erickson

 

Looks like I have some work ahead of me, along with many hours of thrills, romance, murder investigation and fact-checking!  Join me?

reading

Spend Christmas Dinner with us at Coho!

0
Island Lights - John Sinclair  700 x330

Island Lights - John Sinclair 700 x330

 

Coho Restaurant is opening on this special day so you can enjoy a relaxed holiday meal with family and friends. Our six course fixed menu -with choice of appetizers, entrees, and desserts plus optional wine pairings – is surely a feast worthy of this special day. $60 per person, $30 optional wine pairings. 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  Call 360-378-6330 for reservations today!

 

Here is Chef Bill’s working menu.

 

Amuse

Smoked Salmon Deviled Egg, Pickled Beets

 (Blanquette de Limoux – Cuvée Berlène – France)

Soup & Salad

Spinach & Radicchio, Blood Orange, Hazelnut Crusted Goat Cheese

Celeriac Soup, House Made Bacon

Appetizer

Seared Scallop
Warm Potato & Celery Salad, Dijon Mousseline

or

Chestnut Fettuccini
Parmesan Cream Sauce

 (Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis 2010 – Piedmonte – Italy)

Entrée

Karobuta Ham
Mashed Potatoes, Turnips,
Kale, Apple & Stoneground Mustard Jus

 or

Pan Seared Arctic Chard
Warm Shrimp Salad, Braised Fennel, Saffron Shrimp Nage

(Erath Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate 2010 – Dundee Hills – OR)

Dessert

 Gingerbread Torte, Cream Cheese Frosting, Candied  Pistachios

or

Chocolate Gianduja Bûche de Noël


Chateau Haut Mayne Sauternes 2010 – Bordeaux – France)

San Juan Island Memories

0
Some of the research materials used at the Museum for historic events (and some not-so historic)
Some of the research materials used at the Museum for historic events (and some not-so historic)

Some of the research materials used at the Museum for historic events (and some not-so historic)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Archived San Juan newspapers are stored at the San Juan Island Historical Society and Museum on Price Street in Friday Harbor.  As a volunteer and part time researcher for the Society, I have the opportunity to review some of these newspapers, dating back to the late 1800’s.  So I am now transporting you back in time with some snippets of news stories from days past on our Island:

July 1955 – “Dial Telephone Service coming to Friday Harbor”

Early San Juan Island wall telephone. Notice there are no dials.

Early San Juan Island wall telephone. Notice there are no dials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before dial service, residents would pick up their phone, an operator would answer, and the resident would ask the operator to connect them to a number.

December 1971 – “John Wayne and Dan Blocker were seen at Roche Harbor Resort

A number of celebrities dropped into the Roche Harbor Resort, located on the north end of San Juan Island over the years.  Reports from 2014 and 2015 reveal sightings of Jon Bon Jovi and  Tom Hanks

June 1957 – “Family Circle article results in 300-500 letters to Orcas Chamber of Commerce” 

Vintage postcard from Orcas, probably not from their tourist bureau

Vintage postcard from Orcas, probably not from their tourist bureau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A travel piece about the San Juan Islands, highlighting the beauty of Orcas Island, brought a flurry of requests for information from potential tourists. The tone of the article hints this attention from the mainland was not that welcome.

December 1971 – “Jaywalking becomes illegal on Spring Street”

The Town Council decided to no longer tolerate pedestrians crossing busy Spring Street in Friday Harbor where they weren’t supposed to cross.. People were wandering about, holding up traffic, stopping in the middle of the street to talk to neighbors, and the Town Council decided to take action.  Glancing around Spring Street in the summer of 2015, I would imagine that 44 year old law has been less than effective.

December 1961 – “The Postal Service asks Island residents to check for mail during the tidal changes.”

The Mail Boat sank.

January 1921 advertising – “Dinner prices start at 35 cents”

The Tourist Hotel (now Bird Rock) is one of the few buildings in Friday Harbor that was built in the late 1800’s as a hotel, and has never been anything but a hotel.

Originally built in 1881, but no longer offers dinner for thirty-five cents

Originally built in 1881, but no longer offers dinner for thirty-five cents

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 1971 – “Hi Diddle Diddle seen at Erbe’s Toggery”

Friday Harbor has always been a pet friendly town.  Hi Diddle Diddle was the community cat and made a visit to the local dress store (and yes, that was news).

San Juan Historical Museum, 415 Price Street, Friday Harbor, WA

San Juan Historical Museum, 415 Price Street, Friday Harbor, WA

Visitors to Harrison House Suites will find the San Juan Island Historical Society and Museum at 415 Price Street in Friday Harbor.  Call 360-378-3949 to make an appointment.  If you are interested in having assistance in tracing your family tree to its San Juan Island roots, there are researchers available.

If you have any San Juan Island history to share with us, please let us know – we might be able to arrange a historic tour and meeting with some local historians.  In the meantime, become part of the Island lore by making your reservations at Harrison House Suites today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Switch to Full Width View
235 C Street Friday Harbor WA 98250 | 360.378.2783 or 800.965.0123 © Harrison House Suites | Photography: Michael Bertrand Photographer & Others
Sitemap