September and October were really busy months for my travel companion and I. We visited Orcas Island, Pullman, British Columbia, Skamania, and Whidby Island. With all this rain over the past couple of weeks it’s hard to remember that we had a great start to fall in the Northwest. It wasn’t too long ago that we were blessed with sunshine and warm days.
Back in September, I spent two days on Orcas Island. This was my first time on the island. The busy summer season was over but the sunshine was still out and the skies were clear. We stayed at the Deer Harbor Resort. The unit we stayed in had a great harbor view, and a private hot tub on the deck. It was a perfect place to sip a few glasses of wine, and take in the beauty of the San Juans.
We spent a few hours exploring the town Eastsound. It’s very quaint town, and has a beautiful water view.
We then drove up to the top of Mount Constitution. It’s a long windy road to the top, but the view is amazing. We were pretty lucky to visit on such a clear day.
We were pressed with time, so we didn’t get to explore the whole island. We drove through Moran State Park and then drove to the ferry to get in line. While waiting for the ferry to come, we had lunch at a local restaurant. Luckily they were showing the Hawks game. I’m always amazed by the beauty of the San Juan Islands, We really do live in an awesome place.
One way to make a visit to the San Juan islands more affordable is to take your bike instead of your car. A few summers ago, my husband and I rode the ferry, and explored San Juan Island on our road bikes. We had lunch in Friday Harbor, and walked around a little bit before taking off. We rode south on the island, and ended up at Cattle Point. Here are some of the stops we made along the way.
We visited the American camp from the boundary dispute between the U.S. and the British located on the island.
While riding though the park, we noticed there was a red fox up ahead. We watched it for a few moments and then noticed another one coming up behind us. Then both foxes started walking toward us. After walking by, they sat down near us. I think they wanted food.
This is south beach. You can see land in the distance and we rode out to that point.
Here is a view of South Beach from the hillside. This was my favorite part of the ride because the road hugged the coastline. It was so beautiful.
We ended our summer with a trip up to Lopez Island. Last summer, we visited the island for only a few short hours. This time we made reservations at Oldin County Park and camped for two nights. We loaded up all of our gear onto the bikes, and rode a mile off the ferry to the campground.
Odlin County Park is a gorgeous park. It has several beach front campsites, and many with a water view. There are a few sites set apart for hikers or bikers only. All of those sites were full, so we opted for a standard campsite.
Here I am with all my gear at the Anacortes ferry terminal.