Cycling Mt. Constitution ~ Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Adventure

For over ten years, when Creighton and I took our summer vacation on Orcas Island, bicycling on all of the islands was our primary activity. Cycling from Beach Haven, to Moran State Park (9 miles) then up Mt. Constitution, and back to the cabin, became a yearly adventure. At 2,409 feet, Mt. Constitution is the highest point in the San Juan Islands. The road to the summit is 4.7, narrow miles of switchbacks, a true challenge with ten speed bicycles.

Half way up there is a large turn out where we would reconnect and rest. Creighton snapped the photo of me as I approached the false summit in 1988. The two photos beside it give a sense of the terrain and the view. At the top, I was pretty pleased, and the weather provided fantastic views of Mt. Baker, the surrounding islands, the Olympics and Canada.


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