The last days of summer – Orcas Island trip

Sunset from the ferry to Orcas Island

With every passing day of September it seems more and more like fall is here to stay. I’m still holding out in packing away my summer clothes in the hopes that it’ll get nice again — stay tuned on that. Luckily, we got to squeeze the last drop out of our summer here last week when my dad and sister visited for a post-Labor Day trip to Orcas Island.

I’ve never been out to the San Juan Islands before, and Orcas was such a beautiful, relaxing place to escape – even though it was only a 1.5 hour drive and 45 minute ferry ride away! It really felt like we were cut off from the world, with shops closing early, a cute little main street, sleepy farmhouses, and lots of trails and shoreline and explore. It’s crazy how even though we’ve lived here for almost 3 years we’ve only explored a fraction of all the things there are to do in the Pacific Northwest. We’ll have to come back and visit all the little islands I didn’t even know existed – oh why does summer have to end?!

Here we are at the top of Mount Constitution – you can see all the way to Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, as well as the surrounding islands. Such a gorgeous view!  This one’s too funny not to share – we look like such tourists with our camera and guidebook.

A shot of what we were looking at – the snowy peak is Mt. Baker, with some Canadian peaks beyond that:

We hiked down to some of the waterfalls at Moran State Park and made some good use of our Forest Pass – we’re guilty of not taking advantage of it enough despite being surrounded by so many great hiking spots in Seattle.

cascade falls WA

It’s been a pretty great whale watching season, so we went one afternoon and saw 6 orca whales, a humpback whale, lots of seals, and a bald eagle. Unfortunately they all looks like specks in the photos, so just picture a National Geographic photo in your head :). Here we are chilling with Molly on the ferry ride back to the mainland (Wilson repping his Wilson Seahawks shirt as usual). Unfortunately I think the views were lost on her. 😛

Sooo that may or may not be it for the summer – but the Washington State Fair is this weekend and I’m crossing my fingers for some nice weather to go along with my funnel cake!


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