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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in West Sound, we use the following websites to find information relevant to West Sound and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for West Sound:
    • 48.631214, -122.956294
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on West Sound
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Curious and Interesting Names Near West Sound ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Argyle (8 miles [12.9 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Argyle
    • Argyle lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of West Sound and is located in San Juan County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Argyle
  • Deer Harbor (less than 2 miles to the west)
  • Doe Bay (8 miles [12.9 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Doe Bay
    • Doe Bay lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of West Sound and is located in San Juan County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Doe Bay have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Doe Bay
  • Dolphin (2 miles [3.2 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dolphin
    • Dolphin lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northeast of West Sound and is located in San Juan County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dolphin have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dolphin
  • False Bay (10 miles [16.1 km] to the southwest)
  • Friday Harbor (7 miles [11.3 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Friday Harbor
    • Friday Harbor lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of West Sound and is located in San Juan County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,544 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Friday Harbor
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Friday Harbor<2>
  • Orcas (2 miles [3.2 km] to the south)
  • Urban (11 miles [17.7 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Urban
    • Urban lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of West Sound and is located in Skagit County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Urban
  • Yacht Haven (10 miles [16.1 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Yacht Haven
    • Yacht Haven lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of West Sound and is located in San Juan County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Yacht Haven have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Yacht Haven

How Far From West Sound to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as West Sound to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in West Sound and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Friday Harbor, which is the Seat of San Juan County and lies just to the South Southwest.
    • Olympia, which is the State Capital of Washington, lies 109 miles [175.4 km]<1> to the south (S). If you could drive a straight line from West Sound to Olympia, with an average speed<4>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 2,347 miles [3,777.1 km] to the east (E). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 92 days and walking would take 134 days.
    • The shortest distance<5> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,715 miles [10,806.7 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<6>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,476 miles [12,031.5 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<7>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,615 miles [9,036.5 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<8>

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Notable Births & Deaths for West Sound

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for West Sound. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for San Juan County: www.co.san-juan.wa.us/

The official website for State of Washington: https://access.wa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- West Sound) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Sound. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 48.6312, Longitude: -122.9563       In this case, the coordinates for West Sound have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<5>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from West Sound to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 341.436 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 343.131 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 328.092 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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