We arrived at the tiny village of Orcas on the southern shore. Orcas Island, at 57 square miles, is the largest and most rugged of the San Juan Islands. Horseshoe-shaped, it has the highest peaks of the underwater mountain chain forming the foundation of the San Juan islands.
Unlike Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, there is no big tourist area here. Eastbound, a small village along the waters of Fishing Bay, is the major town with a few restaurants, shops and art galleries. Around the island are several bed and breakfast and small resorts for those desiring a remote get away. Rumor has it that Oprah Winfrey recently bought a house on Orcas Island.
The gem of the island is Moran State Park, Washington state’s fourth largest. The park is 5,252 acres with five lakes, 38 hiking trails and several campsites. MT Constitution rises 2,409 feet from the Salish Sea and is the highest point in the San Juan Islands. We drove thirteen miles to the park along forests and hilly farmland with cattle grazing in the fields.
This 53 foot stone tower was built by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and completed in 1936. It is one of twenty historical buildings built by the CCC in the park.
Next up: Another ferry ride, this time with the RV, and a new campground