Last weekend I had the chance to go camping on Orcas Island for the first time. Orcas Island is part of the beautiful San Juan Islands. You can get there from Seattle by the Anacortes ferry, or fly in from several small airlines.There are countless activities to do on the island. Eastsound is the “downtown” area with cute boutique shops and local restaurants and cafes. Outdoor activities like kayaking and hiking are very popular. I stayed in Moran State Park, the main camping site on the island.
Moran State Park has over 5,000 acres and has multiple lakes and hiking trails. I stayed on Mountain Lake, which had beautiful water that was so clear it appeared green.
My dogs took awhile to investigate the new smells and figure out where they were.
The second day, I embarked on the 4 mile hike from my campsite to Mt. Constitution. The summit is 2,399 feet. The initial few miles were pretty flat for the most part, with pretty views of several lakes. The last mile is very steep with switchbacks, which even my dogs needed to stop for several breaks!The view at the top is incredible and makes you forget how tired you are from the hike. You can see Bellingham directly across, as well as Canada to the north. It’s very rewarding.
There are many beaches around the island open to the public. This was on the north side of the island.
The people of Orcas are very friendly, and it makes you want to stay longer. I stopped at Island Hoppin’ Brewery to taste some local beer, as well as Kathryn Taylor Chocolates. I hope to go back next year to explore even more of the island!
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