Next installment of photos. It’s hard to choose what to blog about.
Andrew’s parents came to visit and timed it with a conference that his dad wanted to attend on Orcas Island. We’d had Moran State Park on our camping list since before we moved here, so we timed our trip out with them….and then his sister and her husband came out as well. A good ol’ family gathering, just missing a few very important people. It was great to have the best of both worlds – we camped in our tent and got our fix of nature and No Screen time. We’ve all been trying to cut back in a big way around here, but we don’t allow any screen time while we’re camping. At the same time, we had access to a kitchen and showers thanks to his parents’ hotel accommodations. We didn’t end up using many of the amenities, but knowing they were available was really nice.
We did, however, have a fantastic time. Orcas has a little bit of everything we love in one place. We kayaked. We swam. We hiked. We had views. There was plenty of wildlife. The town is cute and not too kitschy. It was awesome. Evelyn’s favorite part of the trip was kayaking with us – we found a 3 person kayak, left Claire with her grandparents to nap, and saw some beautiful wildlife – sea stars, Dungeness crabs, otters, bald eagles, seals – just gorgeous. I’ll admit – it was my favorite part, too. Enjoy the pics!
Ready to roll!
Sustenance while waiting the 2+ hours for the ferry. We were the 2nd to last car on. Whew!
Evelyn took this and the next – – – she is quite demanding of herself as a photographer!
All set up – time for a quick swim and some ice cream.
We made dinner at the hotel . . . seafood fresh from the island. So good.
Drove up Mt Constitution for the view. Some day we’ll hike it….but not this trip.
Exploring tide pools at Obstruction Pass State Park
Loads of critters to see – tiny crabs – hermit crabs – limpets – chitons – anemones – etc
with her favorite purple sea star
A 4mi hike around a lake on the island.
Foxgloves, Queen Anne’s Lace, and Thistle were everywhere.
More swimming. SO fun to watch her.
Claire and Andrew are the early risers at our campsite.
Evelyn and I can’t figure out why they get up so early.
Hammock time with my girls 🙂
She had a great time chatting away with Papa John
And kayaking 🙂 Evelyn has become a really good paddle-er.
Seals….if you can see them….
Aye – the be an eagle in that there tree…
And the orange and purple blotches are sea stars….which you cannot photograph in a bobbing kayak.
Cooking up some veggie chili.
Last day, out on a boat with Claire.
She promptly fell asleep.
This entry was published on August 17, 2014 at 1:10 am and is filed under Hikes
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