summer travels : orcas island, washington

My sister and I just returned from an annual summer trip together, this time to the San Juan Islands in Washington state. We drove two hours north of Seattle to Anacortes and boarded a ferry to Orcas Island for two days. Then off to Lopez Island for the next two days. Here are some higlights from the Orcas part of our stay, with Lopez pics coming tomorrow.

Above, the trails and views at Cascade Falls. And below, some of the trees along the walk through Moran State Park.

Green. Green. Green. It was screensaver country.

Looking out over Cascade Lake:

Driving through the farmlands:

Spotting an orca whale!

A sea of fluffy ferns:

Views at Eastsound harbor:

Local oysters and fresh salmon, asparagus and pea shoots grown on the island:

And more enchanting animal encounters:

Photos from Lopez Island on the blog tomorrow!