Journey to Alaska Episode 06
Join us in this episode, “Our 2019 Journey to Alaska Episode 06”, where we travel from Nehalem Bay State Park in Oregon to La Conner Washington. We spent Mother’s Day on Orcas Island and had a blast.
Day Tripping to Orcas Island Washington
Mothers day was pretty awesome this year. We rode a ferry from Anacortes, WA to Orcas Island for some whale watching. Orcas Island is the largest of the San Juan Islands in the Puget Sound, located in northwestern Washington. The ferry ride wasn’t that long, an hour or so and it’s always fun to take our big truck on a ferry.
The easiest way to get to Moran State Park and Orcas Island is via ferry boat from the Washington State Ferry Terminal in Anacortes, Washington. Reservations are available for all sailings to and from Anacortes but don’t wait too long to get one they fill up in the summer months.
Moran State Park
Moran State Park is the largest public recreation area in the San Juan Islands and the fourth largest state park in the state of Washington. The park has more than 30 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, non-motorized boating from two boat ramps, and year-round camping in five camping areas. #wikipedia
Lakeside locations feature many campsites including beautiful tent grounds down by the water as well as a full set of trailer and RV sites with water, power, and a dumping station. I think we are too big to camp here with our RV, but it would be so much fun and a relaxing getaway!
While visiting the island we drove inland to Moran State Park to check out Mt. Constitution, the highest point in the San Juan Islands.
From the observation tower at the summit of Mt. Constitution, you can see a 360-degree view of the surrounding area including cities in Canada, Mount Baker and the Cascade Mountian range. It is truly a beautiful site and on a clear day, you can even see Mt Rainier.
The magnificent killer whales live in the San Juan Islands year round and Orcas Island is the best place in the world to see them in the wild. You can also spot humpbacks, minkes and occasionally even gray whales.
With salmon numbers decrease in the Salish Sea during the winter, resident killer whales disperse and hunt for salmon in the open North Pacific. In past years, during the winter months, some Southern Resident pods have been as far south as Monterey, California and as far north as Southeast Alaska. ~Whale Museum.org
Whale watching season is just beginning and lasts thru October, we weren’t lucky enough to see one this time, maybe next time or in Alaska.
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