Camping on Orcas Island

Photo by Gianna

How do you spend one of your last weekends of sunshine? Our answer: Camping on an island with good friends.

So that’s what we did! We drove two and a half hours to take an hour-long ferry ride to get to Orcas Island. (More on that ferry ride later.) We arrived late on Friday night to our campground at Moran State Park. Nikita and Gianna got there before us and welcomed us to an already well lived in camp. We kind of hit the campsite jackpot. It was raised above the others and we felt like Kings! It also had massive trees around it where we set up our own hammock retreat. The only downside was the burn ban in effect. Nikita had the brilliant idea to surround our camp with multi-colored lights so we could still sit around all night to chat. It’s not camping without late night drinks and conversation around the campfire.

During the day, we drove up to the top of Mount Constitution to soak up the views. They were semi blocked by smoke, hence the burn ban. While the guys set out to mountain bike down, we tried our best to have a photo shoot with an old Mexican blanket that my Grandma gave me. After, Gianna and I left the guys to their biking and went to town to window-shop. There were some of the cutest coffee shops, bookstores, and overpriced clothing stores. We stopped in every one of them and found things we wanted to buy. (We didn’t jump the gun and buy anything until we were waiting on the ferry for hours the next day.) We finished the day with a backpack full of Rainier at the lake. Nikita kept claiming that it was the warmest lake in Washington. All lies. I mean it might have been, but I’m from Texas and used to bath temperature water.

Another great relaxing weekend in the books! Until, we headed to the ferry dock to go home. We were trapped on the island. Pro tip: If the ferry website recommends getting reservations. Get them. We showed up around 2 to leave and missed not only one but two ferries. We didn’t end up leaving the island until 8:45. Our wait did give us enough time to do more shopping, eat ice cream, watch a little bit of football, and walk around aimlessly.

I’ve included some great pictures taken by Gianna. Honestly, they are so good! I just need her to follow me along and take all my blog photos. You can follow her on Instagram here.

Photo by Gianna

Photo by Gianna

The deer were so friendly. Too friendly in fact. We woke up multiple times the first night with some digging around our campsite.

There were a lot of photo shoots this weekend.

Inappropriate photo of the day.

Could you imagine having this view from your local bookstore?

The prettiest flower and knicknack shop. Photo by Gianna

Photo by Gianna

Just one of the many pictures Nikita took of this setup.

Our final “We’re stuck on an island” look.

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