Since I got knocked out with my illness, I'm a little late in posting these, but I wanted to share some photos of my weekend on Orcas Island. Orcas Island is an island in the archipelago of the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest. I always enjoy going there and settling into the slower pace of island life. It's a bit of a trek from Seattle but is well worth the hassle to get there.
On this particular weekend, I went out there with several of my girlfriends and we rented a large house on the water. We spent our first day driving up to Mount Constitution where I took the photo above. It was covered with a think layer of fog, and as we drove up the mountain, our visibility continued to decrease. At the top of the mountain is a tower that was built as a lookout. I climbed to the top of the tower and looked out into the abyss.
Usually, this would be a stunning view of the San Juan Islands, but on this day there was just fog. It completely enveloped us. It was a strange feeling because when I looked out from the tower, my eyes struggled to focus on the nothingness before me. It's like the feeling you have when you open your eyes to total darkness and aren't yet able to find anything to see, except it was in the middle of the day. I had to scan around and look down to the trees to finally get my eyes focus.
It was cold up there, so we didn't stay too long. We soon headed back down the mountain, running into several deer along the way.
This was the first time I had seen a buck on the island, and he was stunning. He stood there for quite some time, just as curious about us as we were of him.
After getting back to the house, I spent the rest of the weekend poking around there: watching chick flicks, reading trashy magazines, soaking in the hot tub, walking down to the water at midnight during low tide to explore the tide pools by flashlight, having dance parties, drinking danger punch (brandy and sparkling wine with citrus fruits)...
There were also fun things to see around the house.
A driftwood monster.
A triangle waiting for dinnertime.
So, yes, I paid the price for having such a great weekend by getting sick upon my return, but it was so worth it.