A few months back we moved to Whidbey Island, WA. The reasons behind this move were many, but started a year ago with a job at The Whidbey Island Distillery. We’ve never worked in a distillery, and we really didn’t know anything about distilling, but we’re typically up for anything, so we took the weekend job and started learning.
In January we decided to change direction a bit, but stay on the island fulltime. A friend offered up a corner of his beautiful 40-acre property to park the Airstream , and now we’re learning the ins and outs of raising chickens, planting orchards and building all kinds of wooden structures (but so far I’m not allowed to use the excavator).
Over the next few weeks (or months), we’re going to write some posts about our experiences here and the people we meet- focusing on the southern part of the island, South Whidbey, and the things to do and see when you come up here to camp!
To start with, here are a few facts about the island….
There are about 6 alpaca farms just in South Whidbey. My favorite is Fern Ridge Alpacas, located in Clinton. Hal loves his alpacas and he and his wife have a great store!
There are three ways to get to Whidbey Island. Two by ferry, one by land. If you’re in the greater Seattle area, you can take the Mukilteo-Clinton Ferry, which drops you off on the southern-most part of the island. If you’re on the Olympic Penninsula side, you can take the Port Townsend-Coupeville Ferry (pictured above) which drops you in the middle of the island. And if you’re north, or don’t like ferries, you can drive over the bridges of Deception Pass to the northern-most part of the island (the town of Oak Harbor).
We’ve taken the Mukilteo Ferry a few times, and it’s about $50-55 one way – it looks a little tight, but it’s fine. (Hi Jacquie!)
So now you know how easy it is to get here, I expect to see you this summer. You know you want to see some alpacas.