San Juan Island has been experiencing a heatwave! Of course if you are from Texas or Florida visiting us, you might disagree. We like to make sure that our furry friends are keeping cool and not getting overheated. The Tucker House has a dog park as part of our bed and breakfast and it offers lots of shade for hot summer days. Below are a couple of tips to keep your pets cool this summer.
Ensure that your garden or yard has some shady spots for your outdoor cat to enjoy. They will find them readily enough, provided you supply them. Water should always be easily accessible and available in the outside area, as well as indoors.
- If you have an outdoor cat, be scrupulous about checking your greenhouse or shed before closing the doors. These buildings are often uninsulated or unventilated and this might prove fatal if you accidentally lock your cat in the building.
Shelter from the Sun for your Dog
Your dog might enjoy a little sunbathing, but she ultimately needs a cool, shady spot to relax. Prolonged sun exposure not only leads to heat exhaustion, it can also cause sunburn. The best thing is to offer shelter. Shade from trees is nice, but not perfect. An actual structure is better. The addition of a fan will help further cool things down. If possible, put the shelter in a shady area to keep it extra-cool. Of course, the most ideal shelter is in your home. If possible, install a doggie door to allow easy indoor access.
Strawberries are ripe and ready for picking! We are so lucky to have a chef’s garden right outside the Garden Cafe’s door full of delicious strawberries, edible flowers, greens and herbs. This year our strawberry crop has been bountiful and extra sweet. We have been hard at work picking, hulling, freezing and creating delicious recipes using strawberries – trifle, strawberry short cake, cheesecakes garnished with strawberries, strawberry rhubarb cobbler, and even a wedding cake, garnished with strawberries.
Wenda, our innkeeper and head gardener, at Tucker House and Harrison House started amending the soil last fall with chicken manure. She also uses natural remedies to keep slugs and other insects away from our strawberries. It is working! We have an over abundance of strawberries and plenty extra to freeze for winter. Congrats Wenda on an amazingly, delicious harvest!
Come stay with us at the Tucker House and sample some of our mouthwatering strawberry desserts!
In 1859 the United States and Great Britain nearly went to war over possession of the island, the crisis ignited by the death of a pig. The territory in dispute was the San Juan Islands, and the confrontation began when an American farmer shot a pig that belonged to Britain’s Hudson Bay Company. The “Pig War” ended 12 years later with the American’s gaining control of the San Juan Islands.
American Camp National Park located on the southern most tip of San Juan Island is not to be missed during your visit. There are stunning hiking trails that take you through a large national prairie and down to South Beach, the longest public beach in the islands, with views to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains; others lead up through a cedar forest to 285-foot Mount Finlayson. Seasonal residence to more than 200 species of migratory birds, American Camp is home to a nesting pair of bald eagles that have 2 eaglets that are getting ready to fledge in the next couple of weeks. Red foxes abound and orcas are frequent visitors to the waters off South Beach. The park is located about a 15-minute drive from Friday Harbor or a rolling 9 mile bike ride.
“Pre-order a book, Save a whale!”
The book — War of the Whales by Joshua Horwitz — tells the story of the twenty-year battle to limit navy sonar in whale habitats.
For every member that pre-orders a copy of War of the Whales from the order page on our website at:
$5 will go to fund our field research of the Southern Community of orcas.
War of the Whales is being published by Simon & Schuster on July 1st. The first reviews call it “Rivetting” and “A gripping, brilliantly told tale….” Amazon has chosen it as its “Best Beach Read”, and USAToday has selected it as one of its three “must-read” nonfiction books of the summer.
Grover likes to get out and about and one of his favorite trails on San Juan Island, is climbing his way up 650 feet to the top of Mount Young!
Along the way he gets to sniff the trunk of every Madrona, Oak and Fir Tree that he sees along the climbing path. He sometimes likes to stop along the way to catch his breath at the English Camp cemetery. Grover loves to feel on top of the world when we reach the top! He sniffs the fresh air and gazes out to see several waterways, such as Mosquito Pass and Mitchell Bay.
The walk down is more leisurely and you can focus on the different songbirds or possibly spot a Bald Eagle perched in a tree.
To reach the trailhead start at the English Camp parking lot and follow the signs.