Family vacation 2010: Orcas Island, day two (and a little good news!)

Another day on this beautiful island!  This morning after a yummy breakfast, we headed off to tour the island and it’s history.  First stop was the Historical Museum in Eastsound, but unfortunately it was closed on Mondays.  So we headed towards Moran State Park again, to tour a very beautiful estate called Rosario.  It was built by a man named Robert Moran in 1906.  He was the mayor of Seattle during the great fire that burned the city to the ground, and was responsible for rebuilding it and improving the city’s water system.  He also owned a shipbuilding company and built the first U.S.S. Nebraska that was part of the Great White Fleet.  He was told that he was ill and would only live for another year, so he settled on Orcas Island and started to build Moran Mansion, which is now Rosario Resort.  But he went on to live another 38 years!  The house is amazing, the history is everywhere and I loved picturing the women walking along the grounds in their floor length gowns and big hats of that era.  We were told we could give ourselves a self-guided tour, which was really something special!  Here are some pictures from that!

Rosario
Rosario
Mr. Moran's office
Mr. Moran's office

Music room - an Aeolian Pipe Organ from 1913
Music room - an Aeolian Pipe Organ from 1913
a model of the USS Nebraska
a model of the USS Nebraska
The pattern on the wood floors is beautiful, I wish we could this to our floors at home!
The pattern on the wood floors is beautiful, I wish we could this to our floors at home!
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Then we drove up to Mt. Constitution, to see the Observation Tower which was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1936.  Coincidentally, Mark learned recently that his grandfather was part of the CCC in Oregon!  If you are not familiar with the CCC, I recommend you look it up.  We caught a documentary on OPB one evening about them, and it’s a wonderful story!  We stopped along the way to eat a picnic lunch and enjoy the view…

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And then we continued our way to the top of the mountain!  The sun came out and the view was A M A Z I N G!

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Observation Tower, see those little people clear on top? That's Mark and the girls...I stayed safely on the ground.
Observation Tower, see those little people clear on top? That's Mark and the girls...I stayed safely on the ground.

It was still early in the afternoon so we decided to drive over to Obstruction Pass and hike in to the sweet little rock beach we found last time we were on Orcas Island.  It was still the same, a little slice of heaven!

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Oh, and finally…

AN ANNOUNCEMENT!

Coming in February…

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We’ll be welcoming one more to our little family…  Yay!!

xoxo

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