Mount constitution’s observation tower on orcas island, washington.
this fire lookout was constructed during the great depression in 1936 by seattle based architect ellsworth storey. he was amongst the first to incorporate local material into his architectural designs with the goal of blending his buildings into their natural environments. this shows in the concrete ceilings which contain bark from the structural wooden molds and by the way the stones that make up the walls were stacked. the coursed ashlar (cut/worked stones) were deliberately layered so that their “joints” alined to create continuous horizontal lines. for a seemingly discontinuous look, storey cut and staggered larger stones to break the parallel joints but still made sure that the horizontal pattern —more or less — continued.
the observation tower is situated on the tallest peak among the san juan islands (read previous post) and offers panoramic views over the rosario straight, of mount baker, mount rainier, the north cascades, the 5,252 acres that belong to morgan state park and other islands.
in the second photo:
the largest mountain to my right is mount baker.
the mountains to the right of baker are the twin sisters.
the closest and smallest island in the middle of the shot is barnes island.
the longer-thinner one behind it is clark island.
the one behind clark is lummi island.
what looks like a lake where my right hand is positioned is actually bellingham bay.
largest island in the photo is cypress island.
the little mountain slightly behind and to the left is mount erie.
the island behind and to the left is guemes island.
the closest leftward island surrounded by the sun’s warm light is sinclair island.
Lovely dinner at hogstone’s wood oven on orcas. we came for a single pizza, and ended up ordering much more: grilled gem lettuce, crushed baked potatoes with cheddar foam and nettles (still drooling).. and let’s not forget about the grilled milk ice cream with chewy berries we had for dessert. all so very good, all sourced locally. service is great too. ⭐️ fyi, it’s already busy on orcas so do make reservations if you want to try this place. you won’t regret it.
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Remember when i told you i’d be better about posting our progress now that we’re getting so close?! yeah well, about that....i lied! 🤷🏼♀️
t-2 weeks to our final inspection and while our list still feels crazy long, it’s finally starting to feel like home!!
i mean come on, look at those appliances!! i’m adulting so hard! i’m in love with this kitchen and my @cafeappliances are the jewels for sure! can you believe that french door oven?! (doing happy dances as we speak)
there’s so much more to share but i thought i’d just give you this tease so you don’t give up on me for good! i promise when we get inspection done i’ll share all the good stuff with you. have a great week, everyone!