We managed to sleep through our alarm so we were in a rush to get to the pier. But we made it just in time!
The clipper ride from Pier 69 in Seattle to Friday Harbor on San Juan takes about 3-hours. It was very overcast that day, but occasionally the clouds would part and shine down on the islands below. We spent the majority of the ride with our eyes glued to the windows, scanning the waters below us for whales or other sea life. Apart from the occasional fish or seafaring bird, we didn't see much.
The ferry docks at Friday Harbor on San Juan and then it's a 30-minute ferry to Orcas island. Friday Harbor is as quaint and picturesque as I had imagined it. Little shops and restaurants aligning the main street that leads from the harbor into town. We rented a car from a local shop on the island and still had some time to kill before our ferry left for Orcas, so we stopped for some traditional fish and chips at a little diner.
When the time came, we drove our little car onto the inter-island ferry and ventured up to the upper deck. The ocean views from the ferry were spectacular.
The dock to get onto Orcas was much less assuming than Friday Harbor. Aside from a little oceanside hotel and a shop or two, there wasn't much. We drove through the mountains of Orcas in utter amazement. Through every parting of the tall trees where stunning views of green fields, blue skys and cloud engulfed mountains.
We stopped on our path at a small grocery store to buy supplies for the next couple days. As soon as we got to our campsite, we were in love. It was in Moran State Park hidden amongst the trees with a view of the lake. We cooked steaks over our little camp stove and drank wine and made smores. It was absolutely perfect.