Travel Diary-Mopeds on San Juan Island

Yesterday, a huge thing happened. Monumental. Something for the history books.

Alex let me ride a moped!

Short back story, I have always loved mopeds and I’ve always wanted one. Alex (and my father actually) have always been staunchly against it. Thinking that I would kill myself somehow.

In Friday Harbor, there is a place called Susie’s Mopeds and you can rent mopeds for a few hours or a day and have a blast going around the island. I talked Alex into letting us try it out. I was surprised that I didn’t even have to try that hard! He said it’s because it’s a small island, not to many cars around now that it’s the off season for tourists and they were 49cc engines, so not very fast.

We started the day with breakfast at Cynthia’s, a little bakery and restaurant in a cottage house right next to the moped lot. They had some pretty good gluten free options and I got the pancakes. So good! Crispy on the outside, fluffy inside. And they weren’t the GIANT frisbee style ones you get at IHOP or Denny’s. No, they were the perfect size of your fist or a little bigger. Alex got Swedish Pancakes with lingonberry sauce. Next time I’m ordering my pancakes with that on the side!

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Then it was off to moped! We signed all the forms and got our helmets, gloves and eye protection. Then it was time for a little lesson. Since neither of us have any experience riding mopeds, it was a little stressful at first. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get it! But after a few tries in the parking lot the training lady said I was good for a road test. She was kind of intense, but I get that she has to be for safety reasons. I passed the road test with flying colors and Alex did as well, and then, we were off!





Since our friends were coming in later that day for the wedding we were attending at Roche Harbor, we couldn’t do a full loop of the island. That would have taken all day! But we were able to make it out to False Bay and to the Lavender farm. But overall, just driving around was a blast. Everything here is so pretty. It was really fogged in on the coast, but the fields and scenery were still so captivating. Plus, so many cute street names: “Frog Song Lane”, “Sweet Earth Lane” & Rainshadow Drive” were a few of my favorite.




The lavender farm you could smell when you got close. The fields weren’t in bloom, but still, thats how fragrant and amazing this place was. There are rows and rows of all the different types of lavender. We took a quick tour of the fields to see what was there, Alex touching everything so his hands would smell like lavender. There is a little shop as well that we had to go into. I wanted to buy everything! They distill their own lavender for essential oils and they put it in everything. Skin care, body care, food, cleaning products, ice cream, tea, EVERYTHING. I wanted one of everything.


We ended up getting massage oil, chocolate, white peony lavender tea, and lavender bitter sweet chocolate sauce. I wanted to get a ton of the bundles of the tired lavender, but they wouldn’t fit in the space under my moped’s seat and the would have gotten destroyed if I put them in the basket. I’ll make sure to swing by before we leave the island. I think a small bundle of lavender will look so great next on my nightstand in my new vase Alex got me yesterday at the antique shop!

If the weather is nice, give Susie's a try! The price to rent them is great, and a super deal if you get them for a whole day. And because they aren’t too powerful, you don’t need a special license, just a quick training session! You’ll be exploring the island in no time, and there are so many more things to see than what we got too. I can’t wait to come back and spend all day riding around!