We concluded our Orcas adventure with a trip to Cascade Lake with our fantastic hosts before they had to head off to the second wedding later in the day. The weather turned out to be pretty beautiful while we were there especially on Sunday – there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. We decided to take the early afternoon ferry back to Anacortes so we headed out a little after lunchtime. We made it with plenty of time to spare but the ferry we intended on taking already had a giant waiting line. So, we had to wait 3 hours for the next one. It wasn’t so bad actually. We went on a walk and hung out in the park for the afternoon but by the time the ferry arrived we were ready to hit the road. I’m happy that we had to wait for the ferry actually because we got to see the sun go down over the water – reflecting off the ocean, hitting the tops of mountains and our faces… it felt really nice.
Despite the fact that there were a lot of people on the boat it felt relaxing. A group of young musicians started playing some of their folky tunes on the starboard side of the boat. Salty air, wind swept hair and beautiful melodies while the sun went down. It was perfect. Gave us sometime to sit down and reflect on our adventure up until that point. Orcas was amazing and we might have missed it if it wasn’t for our fabulous friends who were living there. You can visit every beautiful place in the world but it will never mean as much if you are connected to the people that are there. You see the truest and most beautiful parts of the place when you get to know the people. The hour boat ride flew by and before we knew it we were back on land. We took off for a late night drive back to Portland – we traveled down the empty late night highways and streets until we made it home safe and sound.