We are so excited for our quick trip to Orcas this weekend and have pretty much mapped out what we'd like to do and see while on the island but we want to make sure we keep our plans realistic with two little kids in tow.
We will only have two days on Orcas so we plan to take the 720am ferry on Sunday morning, check into Turtleback Farm Inn, get breakfast at New Leaf Cafe and visit the following places for the rest of the day:
- Obstruction Pass State Park (how long does the short hike to the pebble beach usually take?)
- Mt. Constitution (if we drive up to the top parking lot, will there be a hike left for us to do to get to the tower?)
- Cascade Falls (where is a good starting point for a short hike to the falls? And how long does it usually take to get there and back?)
- if there's time, we'd love to see and hang out at either the Mountain Lake or Cascade Lake, though we probably won't have time to do either lake loop hikes. :(
Will it be realistic to expect that we can do all these things in a day? We have a 7-year-old and a 17-month-old who are troopers and love short hikes, so i'm not too worried about them getting tired (usually, Mom & Dad are the ones begging them for rest! :p) so i'm more concerned about having enough time.
The next day, we are still debating on whether to catch the 520pm or 845pm ferry back to Anacortes. Ideally, we'd like to shoot for the earlier ferry so we won't have to worry about driving too late to Bellevue, but we're also open to the evening ferry since we'd like to fit in a short hike in Turtleback Mountain and just exploring the Eastsound during the day, without having to wake up too early. ;p
We'll be staying at the Turtleback Farm Inn and I know there's a trailhead for the mountain near there but i'm not sure which. Does anyone have any suggestions on which trail to hike in Turtleback for great views that won't take too long?
If anyone has any other suggestions on how we can fit all this during our quicj trip, we'd love to hear it! Thanks so much in advance!