San Juan Island is perfect - the only place I've ever visited that has exceeded my expectations, and if I could live there, I would. The interior of the island is open country of rolling, pastoral farms and fields dotted with cows, horses and flocks of sheep. The coast is rugged with dark, flinty headlands and the twisted orange trunks and glossy green leaves of madrone trees and the dark green spires of Douglas firs. Views of deep green and blue water are framed by the misty silhouettes of far off islands. The curving trail along the coast in Lime Kiln State Park gives you the perfect taste of this island coast. You can hike the trail straight through or make a day of it, resting in the tufty grass with your back against a warm boulder to absorb the view, have a picnic, read a book and just be one with the landscape. Features along the trail include the picturesque lighthouse ad the chance to see orcas. On the side trail to the original lime kiln you'll find the tapering stone ruins where quarried rock was burned and reduced to half its bulk into lime. Workers were paid 50¢ a day to stoke the furnace night and day, then shovel out the powdery lime for loading onto clipper ships. I'll go back to the island one day to see more of the national park, the beaches, the deep bays, and the quiet side of life.
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