That’s our island, Orcas Island, in the distance there–those middle lumps. I took this photo from Cypress Island, last week.
We were invited to Cypress by relatives who have a cabin there, and we went by “water taxi,” which is a fancy name for a funky old motorboat that you can hire to take you to places where the Washington State Ferry boats don’t stop. We were picked up from a dock all the way across Orcas, at Obstruction Pass, but we had to be let off on a rocky beach on Cypress. The tides have to be just right, so there are only two times a day when you can do this. Also you have to step lively. The water taxi keeps a tight schedule; we felt lucky it slowed down enough for us to jump off without falling into the drink.