There are 172 named islands in Washington State's San Juan archipelago, and Orcas, at 57 square miles, is the largest. Viewing the island from the deck of a Washington State ferry as it plows the Salish Sea, it becomes clear why Orcas is dubbed “The Emerald Isle”. Rocky cliffs, hills and mountains, adorned with Douglas Fir, Juniper, Madrone, Cedar, Dogwood and Hemlock, rise abruptly from the sea. Even the curved, crescent shape of the land is welcoming – like a pair of open arms – ready to make you feel relaxed, at home and part of the calm that is island life.
Travel, food and wine writer Hilarie Larson talks about her nature trip to Orcas Island, including Moran State Park, Doe Bay and village of Eastsound. This Big Blend Radio interview originally aired live on BlogTalkRadio.com on Jan. 26, 2018.