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Visiting the San Juan Islands in Washington State

We spent last week on Orcas Island, one of the many islands in the San Juan Islands, Washington. The weather was perfect, and we had a great time exploring Orcas Island and San Juan Island. We stayed very close to Moran State Park and spent some time in the park going to the top of Mt. Constitution and hiking.

The view from the top of Mt. Constitution

Kendall climbed all the way up to the top – in the car.

Another view from the top

Beautiful, isn’t it? That’s why we love to vacation up there. We were also close to Rosario Resort.

Rosario Resort

We also visited Doe Bay Resort to do some geocaching.

Doe Bay Resort

We went whale watching out of Deer Harbor. We didn’t get a chance to see any Orca whales, but we did see Minke whales. We also saw harbor seals, harbor porpoise, and Dall’s porpoise. We came across a number of sea lions on the rocks.

Deer Harbor

While over on San Juan Island doing some geocaching, we stopped at Roche Harbor. This is located on the northwest side of the island and is a popular stopping place for very large yachts.

The hotel at Roche Harbor

The store at Roche Harbor

Steller sea lions off the coast of San Juan Island

If you ever have a chance to get up that way, the San Juan Islands are a great place to spend some time.