the San Juan Islands the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Port Townsend to Orcas Island

Monday, July 06, 2009S.V. CAMBRIA

We left Port Townsend last Saturday and made way for Orcas Island in the San Juans where we spent the week visiting friends and exploring the island.  Our short time there was filled with sharing wonderful dinners with our friends and seeing the sites.  Bill and Sylvia lent us their Jeep, so we were able to make our way back and forth between Moran State Park, where there's a mass of hiking trails and an amazing view of the San Juan Islands from the top of Mount Constitution, and spend time visiting the township of Eastsound, where we saw the Fourth of July Parade and meandered through the Saturday Farmer's Market.

The beauty of the San Juans is far-reaching and can easily capture your spirit.  Eagles soar within metres of you and literally take your breath away leaving nothing behind but silence.  We could loose ourselves here spending months exploring each island and every nook and cranny along the way and, yet, this is only the tip of the iceberg -- there's so much more to see and do.

Unfortunately, we're somewhat pressed for time so, once again, we must move on.  We'll leave Orcas later this morning and sail over to Bedwell Harbour on South Pender Island in the Canadian Gulf Group where we'll check in to Canada and spend a couple of days planning our next step.

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