Orcas Island has been my go-to vacation spot for the past few years; since meeting Greg. His (now ex-) roommate's parents have a lovely, Victorian home on the island. They have become something like his second family. They are incredibly gracious and generous and we're so lucky to be able to visit them when we can. I've spent the last few Thanksgivings and 4th of July weekends up there. We also try to take random, quick weekend trips to get out of the city and get some relaxation-time in.
The house is on several acres of property, most of which is trees and grassy areas. So random deer and rabbit sightings are a regular occurance. They have a cute, little guest house on the lower lot. I awoke each morning to the doe and her two youngins, one of which was much better at hiding in the brush but always seemed to get left behind.
Several bird feeders made it easy to spot the Goldfinches and Woodpeckers. And the occasional hummingbird would make an appearance. I spent a lot of time watching these little guys. Behind them, the backdrop was full of trees and a gorgeous view of the ocean. It was a wonderful way to spend my 36th birthday. Sleeping in, taking quick naps, getting lots of fresh air and just plain relaxing!
A friend of the family invited us out for some early fireworks on the evening of the 3rd. He owns a 50-foot sailboat and had a group chartering the boat for the evening. So he let us jump on board with them. After a 40 minute trip, we anchored out off the shore, surrounded by other boats and vessels. We made it just in time for the show to begin and it was spectacular! No better view than that! It was pretty chilly on the ride back, but totally worth it!
The family always has a big BBQ on the 4th and friends from all over the island come out to enjoy the spread and gorgeous view. There are usually several rounds of Bocce and this year, the added fun of a compound bow and a dinosaur target. I couldn't even get the thing to pull all the way back. So I chose to take photos of the boys, instead. The dinosaur was only slightly injured, but I don't think he'll be back anytime soon!
It was such a perfect vacation! So relaxing, no rush to be anywhere, no crowds. I'm so glad we decided to head up on Thursday night so we could wake up on Friday already on island, instead of fighting the crowds and missing a day. We'll be heading back in August to sell our crafts at the Orcas Library Fair. Can't wait!