Summer sure keeps us busy, so busy that I have a hard time keeping up with editing photos, writing about outings and then getting them posted here! At the beginning of the month I traveled to Seattle to take our youngest to Children's Hospital for a surgery follow-up. After our Friday afternoon visit was over we picked up a good friend and headed to Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands, for a bit of R & R. I'm calling this post an "update" because we already have a trip report under the tab above and on the WA page. We experienced the island life there once before and loved it. I have always wanted to go back and was thrilled with the chance to hop on the ferry and head out again on this weekend.
By Abby McAllister
We stayed, once again, at Harper House, a guest house in the Eastsound area. Our hosts John and Suzanne make the time so enjoyable! Their guest suite is well thought out, spacious, restful and full of whimsy. I especially loved the outdoor shower! Because they are friends of ours we also got to take advantage of their super-hospitality with a little time out on their boat. We went shrimping and whale watching-so exciting! We caught limits of gorgeous prawns and saw 3 species of whales-Orcas, humpbacks, and minky whales. After we had exhausted ourselves on the boat we went home and feasted on delicious prawns. It was an amazing day.
On our second day we stayed closer to "home" and explored a bit of Eastsound. We wandered the beach area at the edge of town and checked out some of the storefronts. It is a sweet town, quiet and restful. There were no crowds that Sunday and we basked in the sunshine and the beauty.
There are so many more things to do on Orcas and in the San Juans in general. If you think you might like to visit Orcas yourself, please check out our trip report for more details on other activities and how to get there. We hope you can get your kids out there exploring soon-it is a trip they won't forget!
Harley & Abby McAllister
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