August 5th, 2008
We made the long journey to Orcas Island from Seattle. Mileage-wise, it’s not that far away but between driving time, waiting for the ferry, the ferry ride, and then the drive to the resort, it was quite the journey. Once we got there I saw a sign that said “Getting here is half the fun.” Not so sure about that; I’m impatient by nature. But it was a gorgeous gorgeous island with little coves, massive madrona trees, spectacular views. We had several lovely dinners and spent a few hours combing the beach for sea glass. We found a whole quart jar full! I don’t know what it is about things like this, berry picking, sea glass hunting–it does all feel like a treasure hunt. Perhaps that’s it.
There are hoards of deer on the island and they aren’t afraid of people; they would eat grass right out of people’s hands–see how close we got? We stayed at the Rosario Resort on the island and it was a very beautiful place with a mansion built at the turn of the twentieth century, docks full of boats, an oceanside pool, but we didn’t have the best of stays due to the horrible customer service. I don’t think I’d recommend going to Orcas, mostly because of the long journey, but we had a great time nonetheless.
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