Author Archives: Mikaela Cowles


Bring on the cold. Our team accepted the Victoria Clipper’s #IceBucketChallenge. We took it this afternoon, and we’re making a donation to help #StrikeOutALS. Harbour Air, Roche Harbor Resort, and San Juan Safaris – can you handle the ice? You’ve just been challenged!

Tips for Whale Watching in the San Juan Islands

They came to the water’s surface like elegant dancers, their dorsal fins tickling the air. Breaths were gasped. Pictures were snapped. Little children pointed with glee. Until then – until that moment when I saw my first Orca – I didn’t get it. I’d been told that images, video, and stories pale in comparison to [...]

Wild Orca Presents Polecat August 22

How Can You Help Protect Wild Orcas August 22? One word: DANCE     I’ll never forget the day I picked up a load of passengers from a large resort in Desolation Sound, British Columbia. [After loading the 6-passenger seaplane, I cast off from the dock only to realize that directly before me a pod [...]

Tammy & Tom’s Untraditional – Epic – Love

Back in the days of “You’ve got mail” and Yahoo email addresses – back when online dating was a tad bit taboo and flip phones were the rage – Tammy Goodall signed up for a free week of Thank goodness for the Internet. Thirteen years later, on the rooftop of a Lake Union houseboat, [...]

18 Reasons to Visit Orcas Island

Hike Mt. Constitution The highest point in all of the San Juan Islands, Mt. Constitution offers stunning views of the surrounding area. (Those not up for the hike, can also drive to the top.) Sample Local Brews At the Island Hoppin’ Brewery, Orcas Island is more than home, it’s the brewmasters’ inspiration. Watch Bakers in [...]