Orcas Island, Washington

We arrived early at the ferry only to find one ship was out of service.  In all, it took us 9 hours to travel 150 miles to Orcas Island.
We arrived early at the ferry only to find one ship was out of service. In all, it took us 9 hours to travel 150 miles to Orcas Island.
While we were waiting for a ferry we watched a gorgeous sunset.
While we were waiting for a ferry we watched a gorgeous sunset.
Yep, still waiting.
Yep, still waiting.
We finally made it to the island and our hotel.  We awoke to beautiful fog-draped scenery like this.
We finally made it to the island and our hotel. We awoke to beautiful fog-draped scenery like this.
And this.
And this.
On our search for whales we encountered seal lions and Canadians.
On our search for whales we encountered sea lions and Canadians.
Cormorants all in a row.
Cormorants all in a row.
Harbor seals sunning.
Harbor seals sunning.
Canadian geese.
Canadian geese.
And big ships.
And big ships.
We saw a neat little house perched on the shore.  It looked lonely and perfect.
We saw a neat little house perched on the shore. It looked lonely and perfect.
This lighthouse still runs although it's totally automated now.  No lighthouse keeper.  I find that kind of sad.
This lighthouse still runs although it’s totally automated now. No lighthouse keeper. I find that kind of sad.
It looks like a lovely place to live and be rugged.
It looks like a lovely place to live and be rugged.
We did eventually find whales, Orcas, and spent about two hours following and watching them.  I finally stopped trying to get a photograph and just enjoyed being there.
We did eventually find whales, Orcas, and spent about two hours following and watching them. I finally stopped trying to get a photograph and just enjoyed being there.
Then we started back and began saying goodbye to the magical San Juan Islands.
Then we started back and began saying goodbye to the magical San Juan Islands.
On the way back to shore I got lost in the beauty of our wake.
On the way back to shore I got lost in the beauty of our wake.
The ferry back to the mainland was late as well, but the sunset was right on time.  Somehow it pulled the magic down into the sea and tucked it safely away.  Island magic is strong, you can't carry it with you back into the real world.
The ferry back to the mainland was late as well, but the sunset was right on time. Somehow it pulled the magic down into the sea and tucked it safely away. Island magic is strong, you can’t carry it with you back into the real world.
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