We took a short car ferry from Bobbie's house to Whidbey Island. We did some driving around and then got out at the Meerkerk Gardens. "Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens, a not-for-profit garden open to the public, encompasses ten acres of display and educational gardens enveloped by forty-three acres of woodland preserve with 4+ miles of nature trails." Here are some pictures from our time in these beautiful gardens.
This is called a Monkey Puzzle Tree. Apparently JB has wanted to see one of these for his entire life. These are not native to the area. The woman who owned the gardens bought it at a world fair in 1962 and it bloomed for the first time in 2007!
After our time in the gardens we stopped in Coupeville and ate at Mosquito Fleet Chili. This was the best chili and cornbread I have ever eaten. (And I don't even like Chili that much.) We finished it off with a piece of apple and triple berry pie. There were binoculars at the table so you could look out and see the seagulls dropping clams on the rocks. Simply delightful.
We finished off our day with a drive across Deception Pass on our way back to Jeff & Bobbie's.