With the rental car available to us we take a trip farther up the hill to Mt. Constitution, the highest point in the San Juan Islands, and visit Moran State Park east of East Sound. We thought of telling our friends we walked, getting many, many Fitbit steps and floors, but knew no one would believe us.
Moran State Park covers 5,200 acres, and was opened in 1921 after Seattle Mayor Robert Moran donated over 2,700 acres to the State of Washington. There are camping sites available, as well as trails, picnic tables, and interpretative panels to explain the history.
We are drawn to the lookout tower (how many floors would that get us?) which overlooks a spectacular view of the land, the trees, and the sea.
A zoom in shows someone who did climb to the top as he points to something of interest.
Is Joe 'checking in' to Facebook?
We continue our trip with a drive toward West Sound to Orcas Village and the Ferry Dock, where the largest grocery store is located. It is here that we learn of the ferry running over a sailboat. We overhear a van driver talking loud and excitedly to someone who is asked to come transport children who were to board the ferry. He explains to us what happened. Click the link above for TV coverage.
With provisions for tonight's dinner we now drive back north to a service station to refuel the rental car for returning it tomorrow. We enjoy seeing all the native trees, and later learn there is a bookstore at Eastsound Village that would describe them. (Maybe next year.)
Back to the condo for a wonderful evening, we try not to be sad about the week's coming to a close.
Willie of Willie's Tug,
and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
Friday, September 13, 2013