Travel plans/Winter 2015

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OSM map of Friday Harbor

This page is for planning the retreat at the Whiteley Center on the Friday Harbor campus on San Juan Island between January 30 to March 7.

Lots of general information about Friday Harbor is available on the Friday Harbor entry on WikiVoyage and we should contribute there where possible.


Transportation[edit]

  • Island Airporter: Shuttle service from Seatac to Friday Harbor. Monday through Saturday (no Sunday service). Pickup in Friday Harbor Dock at 5:45 and at Seatac at 12PM.
  • Bellair Airporter shuttle: Operates a (much more frequent) shuttle service between Seatac and Anacortes Ferry terminal with departures roughly every 2 hours. $37 one-way; $68 round-trip. Accepts online reservations. Requires that you handle the ferry portion of the trip separately.
  • WA DOT ferries connect Friday Harbor with the other islands and Anacortes. Note that the Washington DOT recently implemented a reservation system (which probably won't matter to us since we're visiting in the off-season).
  • The west side of the island is quite hilly.

Weather in February[edit]

Generally, highs will be between 5-10°C and lows between 0-5°C. Monthly averages are described here. Snow is uncommon.

Questions for the staff at the Whitely Center[edit]

  • What kitchen equipment is available?
The kitchen is well stocked but it probably won't have things like mixer, blender, or coffee grinders.
  • Are there monitors/keyboards in the studios? If so, how many?
There is a computer room but we should bring our own monitors and keyboards.

Shipping & Mail[edit]

Ordinary mail addressed to visitors (note: it might be a good idea to address things to Mako for now) at the address below will be placed in the mailboxes in the entrance hall of the Fernald Labs. The office staff will sign for express packages and the like (same address, 360-378-2165 for the phone).

Whiteley Center
620 University Road
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
  • Requested USPS mail forwarding service for those 5 weeks (Mika&Mako).

Shops[edit]

  • There are a few grocery stores in Friday Harbor.
    • We can join a coop for a month for 10USD.
    • King's Market is open 7:30-21:00 every day.
  • Things on the island may be a bit more expensive than in Seattle. We can take whatever we want from Mako&Mika's kitchen (i.e. oil, soy sauce, spices).

Restaurants[edit]

(Note: many of these were suggested by Kathy Ballard in the FHL office)

  • Market Chef (10am-4pm) -- noodle bowls?
  • Demeter's -- bakery
  • Backdoor Kitchen
  • Cask & Schooner
  • Thai kitchen

Some things to do[edit]

Things To Buy[edit]

Things to bring[edit]

  • Passport (for excursions to Canada!)
  • The Abyss (Krystle)
  • Monitors
  • External keyboards
  • USB chargers
  • Projector, cords (Mika&Mako)
  • Camera
  • Bicycles, helmets, lights, gloves
  •  ? Camping or hiking gear?
  • Personal toiletries (shampoo, soap etc.)
  • Cottages do not have alarm clocks/clock radios or flashlights. We may might want to bring those as well.
  • Food — the Dining Hall will be closed.
  • Foam roller (Krystle)
Mako&Mika have a foam roller too. Would it be easier if we bring ours?
Mine's small & easy to pack, and it's extra firm which I like. I might be tempted to bring it back with me when I leave, though, so you may want to bring another if you think you will want one after that. --Krystle (talk) 01:07, 29 January 2015 (EST)
Sounds good. We have a longer version of that foam roller. If we have space in the car, we'll bring it.
  • Binoculars
  • Yoga mat (Mika)
  • Coffee-making equipment
V60 and filters (Aaron)
Stovetop espresso (Mika&Mako)
Grinder (Krystle)
  • Marie Sharp's (Aaron)
  • Tea
    • Roasted barley and corn for boricha (Krystle)
    • Roasted brown rice for hyeonmi cha (Krystle)
      • Is there a name for this in Japanese? Just the roasted rice, no green tea?
        • It's translated as genmai cha but all Japanese genmai cha I've seen have green tea leaves too.
    • Loose tea strainer (Krystle)

Things not to bring[edit]

We won't need to bring:

  • Bedding/bath towels will be supplied at $5.78 per week for each occupied bedroom.
  • Kitchen essentials. Apparently: "Your kitchen is nicely stocked with the essential equipment for cooking."

The Whiteley center has some restrictions on what we can bring to the cottage or the Friday Harbor Laboratory campus.

  • Animals (FHL campus)
  • Children (just the cottages)

Things we should have brought[edit]

Next time, bring:

  • good kitchen knives
  • proper waterproof hiking boots
  • hiking sticks
  • thermos/electric kettle
  • speakers

Things for Krystle to bring coming back[edit]

  • keys
  • Mika's hiking boots
  • bulgogi marinade
  • tteok

Accounting[edit]

Description Cost Paid Beneficiaries
Superbowl at Haleys on 2/1 107.36 Mika Mika, Mako, Aaron, Krystle
Lunch at Spring St Deli on 1/31 38.05 Mika Mika, Mako, Aaron, Krystle
Groceries at Friday Harbor Marketplace on 1/30 146.01 Krystle Mika, Mako, Aaron, Krystle
Groceries at King's Market on 1/31 39.75 Krystle Mika, Mako, Aaron, Krystle
Rental car 45.54 Krystle Mika, Mako, Aaron, Krystle
Island Airporter shuttle 226.94 Aaron Aaron, Mako, Krystle
Groceries (marketplace) 28.40 Aaron Mika, Mako, Aaron, Krystle
King's Market 135.13 Aaron Aaron, Mako, Krystle, Mika
Liquor Store 95.61 Aaron Aaron, Mako, Krystle, Mika
Cask & Schooner 173.77 Aaron Aaron, Mako, Krystle, Mika
King's Market 12.99 Aaron Aaron, Mako, Krystle, Mika
Food Co-op 35.75 Aaron Aaron, Mako, Krystle, Mika
Groceries at Friday Harbor Market Place on 2/4 124.94 Mika Aaron, Mako, Krystle, Mika
General Store 49.68 Aaron Aaron, Mako, Krystle, Mika
Brunch at Rocky Bay Cafe on 2/7 65.28 Mika Aaron, Mako, Krystle, Mika
Groceries at Friday Harbor Market Place on 2/9 54.42 Mika Aaron, Mako, Krystle, Mika
Uber 98.00 Aaron Aaron, Mako, Krystle, Mika
Groceries 38.72 Aaron Mako, Aaron, Mika
Groceries at Market Place on 2/18 211.30 Mako Mako, Aaron, Mika
Breakfast at FHL on 2/22 29.68 Mako Mako, Aaron, Mika
Groceries @ Market Place on 2/25 193.87 Aaron Mako, Aaron, Mika
Cafe Demeter 3/6 6.00 Aaron Mako, Aaron, Mika, Krystle
King's Market 3/3 163.38 Aaron Mako, Aaron, Mika, Krystle
King's Market 2/22 27.84 Aaron Mako, Mika, Aaron
Haley's 3/6 114.13 Krystle Mika, Mako, Aaron, Krystle
Lunch at Market Chef 3/2 60.58 Krystle Mako, Aaron, Krystle
Groceries at King's 2/28 29.93 Krystle Mika, Mako, Aaron, Krystle
Beers on Orcas 30.00 Aaron Mika, Mako, Aaron, Krystle
A'town bistro 178.65 Aaron Mika, Mako, Aaron, Krystle
Orcas to Friday Harbor ferry 2/28 21.25 Krystle Mika, Mako, Aaron, Krystle