Summer Vacation 2007: Orcas Island
Moran State Park, Washington (July 20-August 1)
Sunny and beautiful
- Took a Washington state ferry from Anacortes to Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands
- Swam in Cascade Lake
- The girls took a paddleboat ride on Cascade Lake
- The girls and I did a four mile hike around Mountain Lake
- Shopped and dined in the community of Eastsound
- Drove to the top of Mount Constitution and climbed the tower
Coastal Washington is filled with places to buy smoked salmon. Crystal ordered a smoked salmon dish at the seafood restaurant in Eastsound which tasted divine.
One night, we gave Ariana and Rachelle the responsibility of making dinner. They chose to make tacos. They were delicious! They were so good that Ariana ate five of them.
Our campsite bumped against the edge of Cascade Lake. It was peaceful and beautiful. Our stay there coincided with the full moon, and the light shining on the lake's surface at night was particularly nice.
On the hike around Mountain Lake, I carried Emily in a toddler backpack. She fell asleep and awoke several times on the hike. Each time she awoke, she asked me to give her kisses. I contorted myself to bring our faces together but ended up kissing her on the hand instead.
The view from the observation tower on the top of Mount Constitution was mind-boggling. We could see several other islands in the San Juan archipelago, mountains in Canada, and the Washington mainland. Our visited coincided with sunset, so the light was beautiful as well. Being on top of the world is amazing.
The ferry rides to and from Orcas Island win the transportation coolness award for this trip. What other mode of transportation allows you to drive your car onto a boat and then walk around and look at the scenery while being moved across a huge body of salt water and then be dropped off on an island?
Posted by Greg on October 10, 2007 at 8:00AM.