Monday, August 25, 2008

Orcas Island Vacation

What a fun trip it was to visit Orcas Island. Waiting in the Washington State Ferry cue at Anacortes there was plenty of time to enjoy the sunny afternoon exploring the beach. The ferry ride through the islands was gloriously beautiful as we wound our way past island after island. We even made a stop at Shaw Island!Once docked at the Orcas Island landing and the ferry had unloaded, I made the scenic drive from one end of the island to the other to the little village of Olga. I located Winterbrook Farm where I stayed and enjoyed a quick walking tour of the grounds and beach.
Hopping into the little boat and motoring out to check the crab pots, a wonderful fresh crab salad was later enjoyed for dinner just as the sun was setting.
More ferry ride and arrival photos.

Saturday was spent exploring the island. First the Orcas Island Farmers Market, then on to visit some boutiques and galleries in Eastsound.
Driving around the perimeter of the island, the beautiful panoramic view of the other San Juan Islands can be seen. A tour through Moran State Park and a climb to the top of Mount Constitution came next. From the lookout point, I could see Lummi Island, Bellingham Bay and Mount Baker. An absolutely beautiful backdrop!
No trip to Orcas Island is complete without a visit to see the Applegate boat building project - the Approximada - and Rifka's art. Said to have taken over twenty years to build and entirely manually with hand tools and lumber hewn from fallen trees from that very forest, what a surprise it was to me to see this huge boat looming above me, overgrown by giant trees at the very top of a steep and winding mountain dirt road. Wow! Will that schooner ever be hauled down from that mountain top to be launched and sail away?
Deer Harbor was next on my list and then a stop at the Resort at Deer Harbor and the Deer Harbor Marina. There were so many other areas of interest on Orcas Island that I visited - the Orcas Island Artworks, Obstruction Pass Park, the famous Rosario Resort, Crow Valley Pottery, Westsound Cafe, West Sound, East Sound, and more.
More photos from my Orcas Island tour.

A guest at Winterbrook Farm during my visit to Orcas Island, I was able to spend another entire day just touring the grounds and enjoyed a private viewing of the beautifully decorated main and guest houses.
Winterbrook Farm tour photos.

Even the return ferry ride to Anacortes on beautiful Fidalgo Island was great. I was in awe of the beauty of the islands and the beautiful clouds as the ferry wound its way through the San Juans Islands.
Photos from the ferry ride back to Anacortes.

What a lovely vacation destination Orcas Island! Absolutely beautiful in the summer sun, but how lovely it would be any time of the year too.

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