even for the meadow
the day is long
The plan is to go to Orcas Island and spend some time at Moran State Park. The ferries aren’t really amenable to maximizing ones time on an island. That is I wanted to go over early this morning and return mid afternoon tomorrow. That’d maximize my time on Orcas. But the ferry was either super early, or late morning. I opted for late morning.
Another beautiful day, hot already by 10am when I bordered the ferry. Reall,lovely sailing between the islands, checking out the boats and most tempting to me the houses on the islands not served by ferries. We arrived at Orcas around noon and I set off immediately. Orcas is the hillist of the San Juans and it of course immediately climbed up from the ferry. Soon after I climbed up Uff Da hill. Then it was allies and rolling hills to Eastsound.
I had a picnic lunch along the way and there was many tantalizing views of the water, coves and a magnificent large piece of kinetic art. I didn’t linger in Eastsound, stopping only to get some supplies. I shortly set off for Moran and man was there some good hills on the way out to the park The longest of which was over 2 kilometers.
I arrived at the park around 3pm and made my way to the primitive campground. This seemed to be free but was perhaps too primitive. It had a nice shelter, but no water and no water even close by. I thought perhaps there might be another primitively area or at least some nearby water so I continued up the hill. Once I reached the next campground, Mountain Lake, which appeared to be the closest water supply, I decided t just stay there. There was only a few sites there and only a few people and the sites were on this spit in the lake. Very scenic. I set up camp and with my bicycle now unloaded I rode up Mt. Constitution.
This was a good four mile climb (already having done an additional mile) fairly steep and with numerous switchbacks. Mostly in the trees there were few scenic overlooks with increasingly stunning views. Once you reach ‘Little Summit’ at 2200′ things flatten out with one final climb to the total 2404′. At the top is a tower which once you climb it you are presented with a three quarters view from Canada to the north, Bellingham to the east and the Cascades, San Juan Islands and the sound to he south. Great views. There was while I was there a couple teenagers smoking and making out. While I was there taking pics they retired to the lookout cabin for some privacy. All rather uncomfortable really.
The descent was of course crazy fast though with the serious switchbacks you couldn’t just let it go. Onc back in camp I made dinner and then wandered around with a cup of tea. The now nearly full moon rose over the lake, it’s reflections broken up by a gentle breeze. A lovely end to the day.
moonlight in mountain lake
scattered by jumping fish