|Posted on April 27, 2016 at 2:25 PM||comments (0)|
Stepping off the ferry is the beginning of your adventure in the San Juans. Many people who have never been here enjoy the beautiful views and relaxing atmosphere on the ferry, most of the Islanders who live here consider the ferry a boring ride and just want to get home.
San Juan Island
On the main island in the town of Friday Harbor, there are numerous restaurants, from the upscale Duck Soup Inn and "The Place" to Mike's Cafe & Wine Bar for exceptional vegan cuisine, and the more casual Vic's Drive Inn. China Pearl serves great Chinese and Korean cuisine. Rachael Ray even came for her vacation, visiting the lavender farm, Duck Soup Inn, Rocky Bay Cafe, Friday's Crab House, Mike's Wine Bar & Cafe, Back Door Kitchen and the San Juan Brewing Co. Other Island favorites include the Hungry Clam, Blue Water Cafe, Mi Capita and much more.
Almost everywhere on the San Juan Islands is beautiful. We have sandy beaches, fishing, hiking, bicycling, kayaking, camping, moped and scooter rentals at Susie's Mopeds, and ziplining at The Zip San Juan. We even have an Ace Hardware store.
The Summer time on the San Juan Islands would have to be the busiest time. The docks are full of boats and the streets are alive with tourists. The best part of the islands would have to be the local residents, who put up with the overcrowded streets, stores and shops all summer long. Pretty much it's an everyone knows everyone kind of place. During the Summer, our Southern Resident Killer Whales are prevalent, swimming around the Islands feeding on salmon and seals.
During the Winter, it's not as exciting, it's cold and wet, but the crowds are gone and we get a little peace and quiet. The night life is fun with bars and taverns fighting for the local customer. Herb's Tavern has live music and karaoke on Wednesday nights. Herb's Tavern and Rumor Mill all have live music most weekends and attract some great talent.
Orcas is a fun place to go. They have plenty of things to do, just like Friday Harbor. Some things you should do and experience: visit local parks like Moran State Park, go to the museums with showcases of pioneer life and an Ice Age Diorama, a historic observation tower on Mt. Constitution. Hiking or biking to the summit of Mt. Constitution is a popular activity. The people of Orcas are very friendly and welcome visitors.
Lopez is another island in the San Juans. You can browse the bookstore, shops, and galleries in the village, Saturdays the Farmer's Market is bustling with locals and tourists alike. Lopez has a great bakery. You can get ice cream in town, follow the trail of the Weeks Wetland Preserve, enjoying the tranquility of Fisherman Bay and its wildlife. Take a look back in history by exploring the exhibits at the Historical Society Museum. Lopez is a very friendly place and a great vacation location.
Shaw is the smallest of the 4 islands of the San Juans. I've only been there once and it was not for very long. Shaw is a very excluded island where everyone there knows everyone. It would be a fun place to go if you're looking for a nice relaxing time to yourself and you want no distractions. Shaw has a population of 204 people and the tourist season makes it jump a little higher. There are some historic landmarks to see and maybe a couple stores but I think it would be more for just relaxing and having time to yourself.
|Posted on April 27, 2016 at 2:20 PM||comments (0)|
We are currently under contract to build a dog park for the town of Roche Harbor. The dog park will be located just behind the gas pumps at the entry of Roche Harbor. Island fence is located in Friday Harbor on the island of San Juan. Please call if you have any questions regarding this project or if you would like a free quote on any fencing or patio instlation at your home or business. Island fence is licenced bonded and insured.
|Posted on April 27, 2016 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
As a fencing contractor in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, I have seen many sub par attempts to build a fences. My pet peeve is to look down a fence line and see a bend or a wave that should not be there. I know it take an extra half hour or so to string line the top and the bottom of the fence line. Its surprising to me that some contractors maybe even a fencing contractor would do such a injustice to the industry. As a fence contractor on San Juan island I have to provide the highest quality of service ( This is a small community) and absolute customer satisfaction. As the only fencing contractor I could cut corners and make more money but I know that one unhappy customer can spread the word fast in this small community. I lived in Friday Harbor for 10 years now and love every day I spend here. My finance is a manager at one of the local banks in Friday Harbor and loves the San Juan islands as much as I do. She gets mad at me when I pull the car over and make her get out and look down a fence line and say "come look baby" look at this three out of ten posts are out of plumb ( not straight up and down ) but she always it looks fine to me "your just too picky" she says. As a fence installer and now a contractor I pay attention to details and use only the highest quality product but always always the customer comes first.
|Posted on April 27, 2016 at 2:05 PM||comments (1)|
We are currently building a deer and rabbit fence on Orcas Island. This fence is approximately 1000 feet. The home owner wishes to keep out the deer and rabbits in order to stop the loss of plants in garden area. Apparently the dear eat as many plants as do the rabbits. To achieve this task we are setting the fence hight at 72 inches and wrapping the bottom of the entire fence with tight mesh wire to keep the rabbits out. We are installing two drive through gates and 3 man gates. The wire mesh will be 4 feet in hight set at two feet on fence and two feet along ground (to keep rabbits from digging under fence). So far we have cut the path and set posts. We will take pictures and comment when we complete this project.
|Posted on April 27, 2016 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
Being a Fence Contractor on San Juan Islands can have it ups and downs. Let’s start with the topography, mostly rocky or hard pan and never flat or level. When building a wood fence, this can be easily cured by using the”step method”. But using a rigid wire like”chain link or “welded wire” it becomes much more difficult.
Pole or post placement is very important when building a wire fence on uneven ground. Setting a post, pole or an H brace at the highest point of a hill gives you a pivot point to start the downward run of the fence and the same method is used in a valley to start your uphill run.
The other problem we encounter on San Juan Island is that we are basically sitting on a large rock surrounded by water. It is really hard to set a fence post in solid rock, no is almost imposable. I started out renting a jack hammer, but found that it was heavy and did not work well. I looked on line to find a rock hammer that was both light and powerful. This rock hammer has made my life so much easier.
I like a straight fence with even spacing on poles and posts. Some fences lines I have seen on this island look like a map of the Snake River. It only takes a few minutes to stake out and string, a fence line. Setting each pole and post to a string line will make a beautiful, straight inline fence.
When digging a post hole it must be 25% to 30% of the length of the post in depth. So the typical 6 foot fence should have 8 foot posts set in at least 2 foot hole, filled with concrete. The post hole diameter is determined by the size of the post so just double the size of the pole. Example 4x4 post gets a 8 inch wide hole 6x6 pole gets a 12 inch hole and so on.