Orcas Island, Washington

As you may remember, this past summer the Boyfriend and I vacationed in the San Juan Islands (and other areas of Washington). Although we had both visited the main San Juan Island with Friday Harbor before, him as a Washington native, me with my parents during high school, neither of us had ever been to Orcas Island.

Although we planned more time in Friday Harbor, we ended up loving Orcas Island WAAAAY more, although San Juan Island has it’s own charm (and a camel. Seriously. Look it up!).

It has all the charm of the island life found in Friday Harbor, but it’s smaller, prettier and just cuter (not to mention a wee bit less expensive). If you ever make your way to Washington, go out of your way to see Orcas…and here are some pictures to help convince you. 🙂

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IF YOU VISIT…

Stay at the Rosario Inn and Spa, which has lovely grounds and an amazing pool (see the photo above), not to mention the view. It’s not in the main town of Orcas Island (Eastsound) but you will likely have a car on the ferry, so it’s not hard to get to. (You want a car to best take in this beautiful island!)

the view from our room at Rosario

the view from our room at Rosario

Eat at this amazing pie shop. We split a mini chicken pot pie and a piece of lemon pie and both were mouthwatering. This is saying a lot, as I am not a pie girl. I especially am not a crust fan, but I made a delicious exception at Passionate for Pies. For breakfast, I cannot remember the name of the restaurant, but if you see a shrimp/cream cheese/avocado scramble on the menu, you’ve found the right place.

Hike at Moran State Park. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Vancouver, Canada. August is a great time to visit the typically rainy island…just look at this view!

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Whale watch from one of the many tour boats available on the island. (We took the tour available at the Rosario, but there are many more).  Whale watching has always been a dream of mine, and after several unsuccessful days on San Juan Island attempting to see them, and a day-long kayak tour, we were FINALLY successful off of Orcas. (We saw an elephant seal and sea lions, as well!)

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sooo happy on the boat

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can you spot the whales?

Vacation ALL I Ever Wanted

The last two weeks of August were lovely. Exactly what I needed before starting my degree. They were filled with this, from Montana to Washington to Oregon:

Whales.

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you can KIND of see a whale…

Ocean.

my beautiful sea, oh how I miss you

my beautiful sea, oh how I miss you

Islands.

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San Juan Island, WA

Vistas.

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Moran State Park, Orcas Island, WA

The Boyfriend.

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how cute is he??

New places.

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Washington.

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Pike Place Market, Seattle

Oregon.

The Oregon Coast!

The Oregon Coast!

Cousin. And other family.

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Weddings.

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My baby.

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Road tripping. In a car that works.

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My BIRTHDAY.

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Likely it was the best precursor to graduate school ever. Obviously. 🙂

Lakeside

This past week, I have been at Roy Lake/Gull Lake/probably 10,000 others since this is truly the land of ’em, Minnesota.

It’s been a long summer, and a long year, and all I’ve been doing is spending every second I can on the water, eating chips, playing bingo and hanging with the family for my grandparents’ 60th wedding anniversary.

Heaven.

And yes, even with my family kind of driving me crazy, it’s still heaven, which tells you how nice this lake is.

Can I please be able to do yoga, like you see my grandmother doing below, at 82? And while I’m asking for things, can I inherit her skin, too?