Orcas Island

Today we were out on our friend’s boat for another cruise around the US Gulf Islands. This time around we had a slightly different itinerary from previous trips, with stops planned at Rosario or Orcas Island and Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. The day didn’t start out well - it was grey and overcast as we headed out of Vancouver, but as we got to the boarder, it looked like the weather was starting to lift and we’d have a nice day.

We had pretty nice weather as we cruised out to the islands, with our first stop at Rosario on Orcas Island. Orcas Island is the largest of the Gulf Islands, and Rosario was the home of one of the original shipbuilders in the area. The massive house has since been turned into a resort, and we wandered around the grounds and checked out the place. It’s now on the register of historical places in the US, and while impressive, it does need some work to restore it to it’s former glory. It was a short stop, and soon we were underway again.

purple flowers
Rosario Hotel
The Music Room in the Rosario Hotel

The Music Room in the Rosario Hotel

yellow iris
Close up of a poppy
A very calm dragonfly allows me to take his portrait.

A very calm dragonfly allows me to take his portrait.

Our next stop was Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Justine and I had been here on our last trip, when we rode our bikes down to this end of the island. Friday Harbor is a nice little town, and we had ice cream as we wandered the harbour and checked out the shops and took some pictures.

The dock at Friday Harbor
Totem pole in Friday Harbor
Daisy

After the hour-long stop, we were back on the boat for the cruise home. We were treated to a nice sunset, as we got close to home. There were a ton of porpoises on the ride back, keeping us company on the trip home.