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:
This was where we ate brunch everyday after kayaking for 2 hours:
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 day...no 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 camera....here 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:
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.