I just came back from the most wonderful vacation from the Pacific Northwest. It’s this place that’s kinda off the radar called Orcas Island. It’s so indescribable how beautiful nature is in the area. The trees, the water, the temperature, the people are so nice as well! It’s pretty small in area and much of is hills, lakes, and forests. We took a drive through the curvy roads of Moran State Park to go hiking through the trails up to Mt Constitution. Up at the top is a fantastic view of the entire area. So breathtaking! I think I can even see Mount Baker once the fog and clouds parted a bit. The fresh air is so refreshing compared to the city. It’s funny how we get used to city air that we don’t even remember what real fresh air is like.
We flew into Seattle and rented a car, then we drove towards the ferrys immediately as the times of the ferry can take awhile. The ferry ride is so relaxing and the ride is so beautiful that it’s an even by itself. It took about 40 minutes to get to Orcas where we drove to our place. We stayed at a wonderful Orcas Island hotel called Bayside Cottages where the owners Jim and Betsy have a wonderful property of various cottages/vacation rentals. We were BLOWN AWAY by how great everything was. We stayed at the newer Peapods and the view of Mount Baker in the morning….wow.
The weather was a little chilly but we started the morning by eating a nice breakfast in Eastsound and then we took a guided kayak tour and even saw a couple of eagles which was really exciting for me. I’ve never seen one before and it’s as regal as I thought it’d be. Next time I’d like to do some horseback riding too. The highlight of the trip was really the whale watching tour on the boat. It was so exciting seeing the orcas go in and out of the water and learning about the different pods. You really can’t do that anywhere else.
This is really a once in a lifetime trip for us and we can’t wait to go back!