Orcas Island: The View Is Worth It
The one thing everyone told us to see on Orcas Island was the lookout tower on Mt. Constitution in Moran State Park. If it were even moderately clear, the view would be spectacular. We could not have listened to better advice.
The drive up Mt. Constitution was full of twist, turns and switchbacks. Trees blocked the view for a good portion of the drive. White clouds filled most of the blue sky, but it was still partially sunny. Anytime the trees broke, the scene was something to behold. You had no idea just how fast you were climbing until you were suddenly hundreds of feet above sea level looking down at the islands surrounding Orcas. I couldn’t wait to get to the top.
When we reached the summit parking lot it was only a short hike up a hill to the stone lookout tower. Nothing Dek couldn’t handle. We hopped around the large rocks and picnic tables around the tower taking pictures and just having fun. Dek tried to throw himself over the side of the mountain while trying to peek over the low wall. Mike kept a firm hold on his jacket just in case Dek was successful.
At 2,409 feet, the wind was blowing something fierce, but we still decided to climb to the top of the tower to get past the last of the tree line. We could see many of the surrounding islands and Mt. Baker in the distance. On a very clear day it’s said that you can even see Vancouver and Mt. Rainier. We were not so lucky on this visit but we didn’t mind at all. If it had been any clearer, I think I might have hyperventilated from marveling at Mother Nature’s beauty. Our visit to Mt. Constitution was proving to be the best stop on our 24 hour whirlwind tour through Orcas Island.
Fuel For Empty Bellies
Our stomachs started to growl as we made our way back down the tower; food was calling. Back in Eastsound we stopped at another CascadiaKids guest post recommendation, Madrona Bar and Grill. The menu was a bit fancier (and pricier) than we anticipated, but it was delicious nonetheless. I had a refreshing mixed green salad with duck. Mike enjoyed a steak topped with blue cheese and fries. Dek had a little steak and fries too, because after all, that’s what daddy was eating.
Even with a belly full of dinner I still needed something sweet. It was getting a little late for dessert out, plus we wanted to save a little money. We popped over to the market to grab a pint of ice cream.
Mike was a bit wary of a pint since we would probably have to throw most of it out. He didn’t think we could tackle the whole thing in one evening. Lopez Island (another island in the San Juans) Creamery Raspberry Lemonade sorbet proved to be a challenge we were up for. While reading back in our cabin, we suddenly noticed the spoon scraping the bottom of the container. Let me tell you, it was not me who was doing all the eating, and Dek was fast asleep. If Mike has one weakness in the dessert department it’s sorbet. For once you can not blame the missing treats on me.
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Mom Note: I find it important to know where bathrooms are when visiting a sight. I am happy to report that at the summit of Mt. Constitution there are halfway decent restrooms. No changing tables, but there were flushing toilets at least.