Orcas Island

After we booked plane tickets for our Washington trip, Bob was telling a friend about our plans. Our friend said, “No way! I’m going to be in Washington that same week, visiting friends on Orcas Island. You’re welcome to come visit. They would love to meet you.” You can’t make plans like this work if you try.

So, after we left North Cascades National Park, we headed West toward Anacortes, WA, and the ferry to the San Juan Islands. Orcas Island is one of the main islands in the chain of the San Juan islands. It’s a quaint, little, horseshoe shaped island, and is home to some beautiful terrain. At the top of the horseshoe is East Sound, the main town on the island.

When we arrived, our friend picked us up at the ferry dock, and brought us to his friends’ beautiful home. Not only were they the most gracious hosts, but they fed us 3 meals, and loaned us their Jeep to use for the 2 days we were there. Without the Jeep, we wouldn’t have been able to get around the island and see everything we were able to see.

IMG_0595Cascade Falls

We hiked. We ate. We hiked some more.

IMG_0609Cascade Falls Trail

IMG_0614View from Mount Constitution

IMG_0630Mountain Lake Trail (the trees in Washington are gigantic!)

I definitely recommend a visit to this island! You will need to have a vehicle or bikes while you are there, as the ferry does not dock close to anything of note.

  • We visited: Orcas Island, WA
  • How we got there: Washington State Ferries: Anacortes, WA, to Orcas Island
  • We stayed: Moran State Park
  • We hiked: Turtleback Mountain, Mountain Lake Trail, Cascade Falls
  • We also: drove to the top of Mount Constitution–great views!

If you’re interested….North Cascades National Park and a week on Isle Royale

October Goals

Fall is officially here. There’s no ignoring it. Cooler nights. Trees turning vibrant oranges and reds. Here we are.

IMG_0835September was a great month–a great way to end the summer!

  • Spend a week in Washington (state)–check! We saw all three of the national parks in Washington, spent some good time with friends we rarely see, and generally enjoyed exploring a new place. Recaps forthcoming.
  • Start a batch of wine–totally did! Just not the type I expected to. I have a carboy full of peach wine in my kitchen right now.
  • Can tomatoes. Done and done. Good grief. We have 26 quarts of tomatoes. Overkill? Nope.
  • Practice piano–didn’t meet my goal. Sadly. But I did get a good 9.5 hours in. I’m learning the value of quality over quantity of practice. Out of necessity. Any tips from fellow musicians on the topic would be very welcome.
  • Celebrate our first anniversary. We did! Thanks to groupon, we went up to St. Ignace for a night.

October—here we come!

  • Whittle My Middle. Join me? I could use some accountability.
  • Try some new recipes out of my (newly) favored cookbook–Gourmet!
  • Practice goal–15 hours. This is my month to actually meet my practice goal. I can feel it.
  • Re-pot some herbs from the garden so I can enjoy them all winter long.
  • Vitamins. Get some Vitamin B and Vitamin D, and start shoring up for winter. This involves actually remembering to take them.

What are you up to this month?