Our first stops were in the community of Tulalip, named after the Indian tribe that has reservation lands there. The owners of these gardens had wonderful views west to Whidbey and Camano Islands.
From Tulalip, we drove north to Stanwood, for more gardens, and then across the Stillaguamish River estuary onto Camano Island. Camano is heavily forested, with a fringe on beach houses around its coastline and a small amount of inner-island farming and development.
As with much of the coastline in Washington State, unfortunately, there is very limited access if you are not a property owner. We were able to catch glimpses of views as we circled the island.Looking west across to Whidbey Island and the Olympic mountains in the background.
Looking east to the mainland and Mount Baker.
Besides visiting gardens, we checked out Washington's newest state park, on Camano Island. Look for that in my next posting.