Having spent 35 years in the NW, had to chuckle a bit...
By the end you had the pronounciation for Anacortes right. The 'cortes' part sounds the same as the sea of 'cortez' with the accent on 'cor'.
As far as I know, the steamed scallops you got are only to be had in the San Juans. I have never seen them steamed in the shell anywhere else in the country. The resturant at the ferry dock on San Juan Island also offers them, I was even suprised you found them in Anacortes. And there are a lot of those silly 'taverns' and WA has some weird liquor laws, state-run liquor stores, and I still don't think you can buy liquor on Sundays unless you go into a licensed bar and order a drink. The kids head to BC after they're 18 as you can legally drink up there. Burlington/Anacortes is only about 30 miles from the border.
Spokane and most of Idaho we used to call podunk. Or 'the sticks'. And the people aren't too bright either. (no offense to any residents
). Kind of like Oklahoma, west Texas, etc. And it does rain. You were damn lucky it didn't rain the whole trip over to the coast. Seattle only gets 100 days of sunshine a year.
BTW, it's not the 'ocean', it's the 'sound'. Puget Sound. The ocean is about 80 miles to the east. But it's okay, you guys are from Canada.
(I am too, born in Vancouver)
It looks like you made it to Cap Sante Marina, or maybe the marina on Guemes Channel. The islands in your near view are the dungeness crab spawning grounds as part of the Skagit River delta. We used to anchor out there and catch them by the dozens, boil them up on board, and feast on fresh crab. I had a boat at Skyline Marina for several years, it's just out past the ferry terminal as you head east out of town.
Neat story. Awaiting the next segment. If you ever come south to CA would love to meet up for few miles.