We went over to Orcas Island via ferry. It was quite picturesque (Orcas Island is in the far off horizon in the center). I didn't quite grasp how many islands there are in the San Juans. There are more than quite a few, and that's not including the little half-rock islands.
|The front of the ferry. The ground is the loading docks for the cars--there's several layers of garages where people can park and transport their cars|
The first thing I noticed was how big the trees were. I'm not kidding--these things were HUGE. And everything was so green. I think some of it is the lichen and some of it is because this is a deep, primordial forest and I kept expecting to see dinosaurs come out of it or something, but this was the most beautiful forest I have ever seen. I was awestruck, though that didn't stop me from taking pictures.
|Huge, I tell you!|
|Can you tell how thrilled I am?|
At the top of the mountain (2,409 feet) is an observatory looking tower that has a panoramic view of the islands, Washington, and Canada. So, obviously I had to go take pictures.
|It's so steep to get up!|
|but the view is FANTASTIC|
|I am fascinated by this. Like I can't even begin to comprehend how big this tree is|
And you can't go to Orcas Island without seeing the giant metal orca. You just can't!