I'll be honest and say up front that our experience was cut short when foul weather moved in. Normally, Capt. Robin will take you over to and around Sucia Island to see otters, eagles and other wildlife, but we had to be content with a brief stop in a quieter cove that gave people a little chance to stretch their legs and look around. When rain started up again, we decided to make a beeline back to the dock near Eastsound.
Unfortunately, several in our party of 11 adults and 2 children didn't tolerate the unusually rough water that had come up. When we did get back to Orcas Island, we chose to have Robin package up the food he was preparing to cook and we headed back to our rental house. There we cooked everything ourselves and enjoyed the great marinated filet mignons, salmon with his Baha marinade, fettucini alfredo with mushrooms (for our vegetarians), baked potatoes, corn on the cob, and fresh salad with half a dozen fixings and two types of dressing. This was capped off with coconut creme pie.
While everyone was looking forward to the nature tour and was disappointed by the weather and termination of the trip, Robin and his chef Barbara went out of their way to make us feel welcome on board and try to give us a great experience. I could tell that this is a retirement business (from his being an airplane pilot) that is his own special way to enjoy life, and that he wants his customers to have a great experience. Everyone in our group still thought it was a memorable adventure. Even my 6-year old grandson (who had a bad time on the trip back) asked the next day (when the weather had cleared), if we could go back on the boat. That's probably because Robin let him and his 8-year old sister steer the boat on the way over to Sucia Island!
Since we are from the Washington, DC area, I'm not sure that we will ever get back to Orcas Island. But if we do, Robin will be the first person I contact and we'll do it right for sure.