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Orcas Island, Day 1

August 17th, 2003 · 3 Comments

Waiting for the next Ferry in Anacortes.

Eating clam chowder for lunch while waiting for the Ferry.

Finally getting on the ferry.

Here’s a ferry coming in. You can see all of the cars parked on it.

The Outlook Inn, East Sound, Orcas Island

Outlook Inn

Out look Inn & the Main Street of East Sound

View from across the street from the Outlook Inn. Little did I know at the time that this would also be the view from our hotel room balcony.

Our room had 3 beds and shared a bathroom. It was quaint and not very inconvenient for just one night.

Our room was the only one on our floor in the main building with a balcony.

Rachelle on the balcony.

Cascade Falls, Moran State Park

Cascade Falls

View from Mount Constitution, Moran State Park

View from Mount Constitution

View from Mount Constitution

View from Mount Constitution

View from the tower on Mount Constitution

View from the tower on Mount Constitution

Compass on the tower

Graffiti carved into the tower

Deer on the way out of Moran State Park

More deer

Hiking a mile down to the cove at Obstruction Park

At the cove

Getting our dinner out to eat at the cove

Yummy sandwiches

Kelly & Jeff at the cove

Jeff & Kelly in our hotel room

On August 7 we visited Orcas Island, a part of the San Juan Islands. From Seattle, you drive north to Anacortes and take the Ferry. Unfortunately, we arrived at Anacortes at a little after 12 p.m., missing the 11:50 ferry. The next ferry out wasn’t until 2:30. The cars were already lining up, so we parked our car on line, got out and explored what little there was to see in the area. We decided that since we wouldn’t be getting to Orcas until about 3:30 that we should stay overnight if we could get a decent rate on a room. So we started calling hotels and totally lucked out when found a room with a bay view from a private balcony The Outlook Inn for only $94/night. We also made reservations to go sea kayaking the following day.

Once on Orcas Island, we went to East Sound, the small town where our hotel was. We checked in, explored the neighborhood, and bought some sandwiches and snacks for dinner at a supermarket. We then drove to Moran State Park and did a short hike to Cascade Falls. Also at Moran State Park we drove to Mount Constitution. The view from there is amazing. There’s also a tower you can go up in on the top of the mountain to get an even better view. Next we drove down to Obstruction Pass Park. We hiked a mile to a secluded cove where we ate the dinner we purchased earlier. We stayed a little too long in the cove admiring the sunset and the moon, for when we hiked back the mile to our car it was pitch black and we were stumbling all over roots and rocks on the path. Once back in the car and back in East Sound, (we got lost in the dark.. and man, there sure are a lot of deer out there that you have to try not to hit) we stopped at a little grocer and got a few drinks to enjoy on our balcony. After that: lights out.

See also:
Map of Orcas Island
Map of San Juan Islands, of which Orcas is a part
Map of San Juan Island in relationship to Seattle

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