Monday, October 08, 2007

Orcas Island

Orcas Island is one of my favorite places. I don't know if I'd ever want to live there because there is a very limited amount of things to do there, but I love going there on vacation.

Here is the ferry picking us up from Port Townsend:

Waving goodbye to Port Townsend:

These are some flowers I saw at a restaurant while we were waiting for the second ferry, the one that goes to the islands:

The car deck on the second ferry:

The interior of the luxurious Washington State Ferry:

The sock I was knitting on the ferry (and the rest of the trip, but the photo was on the ferry):

Exiting at the Orcas Island ferry landing!

Our inn was a 45-minute drive from the ferry landing - the island is shaped like an upside down U, and is on the opposite end - as you can see, it involved dirt roads:

Photo of the inn, taken from the back:

Our room:

Common area:

This was where we ate brunch everyday after kayaking for 2 hours:

The kayaks:

Paddles up against the outside of the kayaking "shed":

The beach we launched from:

I didn't take my camera out on the water because I know I would have dropped it right in. Someone else did take pictures of us in our boat, but I haven't seen those yet.

One of the resident golden retrievers showed me who was Alpha:

This is one of the Orcas Island deer... They have been inbreeding for years, so they are a bit strange...they have no predators on the island (except cars) and hunting is banned, so these guys are EVERYWHERE.

We did go on a wildlife tour one whales, but we saw lots of harbor seals, sea lions, bald eagles, and a few porpoises. My camera wasn't capable of good photos of that, but I'll try to eventually post some of the ones C got with his SLR he is on a rare pause between photos:

And finally - what many of you will find most exciting....I had seen this sign shortly after we exited the ferry, and just HAD to go back for a visit to Warm Valley Orchard:

This bumper sticker was on the car in the driveway:

Very promising.

The studio was attached to her house, it felt kind of odd going in there. But it was worth it:

Of course I bought something...the only reason this is all I got was that she didn't take credit cards, and I had just enough cash with me for this:

It's about 600 yards of worsted-weight undyed alpaca. Yum!

On the way out I got a photo of her sheep:

It's too hard to capture the feeling of a vacation in photos, but hopefully you enjoyed seeing it anyway.


Julie said...

I worked in Friday Harbor a few summers way back when and a few years ago Jason and I visited as tourists. It's definitely one of my very favorite places to go! I've never been to Orcas island but perhaps Jason and I will go back sometime and see more.

Jessica said...

MAN! That looks like such an awesome trip!

Michelle said...

Great photos! It looks like you had a great time. And nice find on the yarn!