We arrived in Anacortes in plenty of time and took Duchess for a walk while waiting for the ferry.
I may even finish it one of these days!
All aboard!!! The Pelagic Cormorants were in place to see us off.
It was a pleasant ride, although a little chilly in the breeze.
The view from the ferry's Sundeck...
More Pelagic Cormorants to greet us on Orcas Island.
We had lots of time to kill before we could check in at Doe Bay Resort, so stopped in Eastsound to walk around a bit.
Such a lovely old church... I'd like to go inside sometime.
Time to check in!
The trail up the hill to the yurt looked a little steep for my arthritic knees, but Larry went up first to check it out, and we determined that it would be fine - and it was!
It was pretty cozy inside...
The bed was quite comfy...
I loved the moss and ferns.
Duchess had a blanket from home and made herself a little nest.
Back down the hill for more stuff...
Then it was time for Duchess and me to relax while Larry went down to the soaking tubs.
It's a bit difficult for me to maneuver myself down into the pools, so I stayed behind with my coloring book for adults! I had stocked up on even more colored pencils before the trip, so I was fine!
The view from the pools is pretty amazing. Larry never did obey the rules, though...
We had planned on having a salad for supper that night, but when Larry got back from soaking, we realized that we were both too tired to put it together, so we had olives, boiled eggs, cheese, and crackers. The salad would be perfect for lunch the next day.
Built between 1906-1909 by Seattle Shipbuilder and Mayor Robert Moran, the mansion features original photographs from the late 1800's and early 1900's, original furnishings and fixtures, and a display of the ships built by the Moran Brothers Company in Seattle.
Robert Moran arrived in Seattle in 1875 at age 18, alone, with just pennies in his pocket. By 1900, he was one of the city's wealthiest and most-respected businessmen, head of a major shipbuilding company, twice elected mayor, credited with helping Seattle rebuild and modernize after a devastating fire in 1889.
The apex of his career came in 1904 when his shipyard launched the battleship Nebraska. At that point he was also a self-described "nervous wreck," exhausted by overwork. He sold the company and retired to Orcas Island, where he bought more than 5,000 acres and began developing an elaborate estate he named Rosario. The centerpiece was a 54-room mansion that he designed himself. He later donated most of his land to the state for what became Moran State Park.
Robert Moran designed the rambling 54-room, five-level home and then employed the finest craftsmen he could assemble to do the work.
Rooms are paneled in East Indian teak and Honduran mahogany brought by boat and then seasoned. Even the hinges, door fasteners and hardware, designed by Moran, were cast in bronze at a machine shop on the property. Far ahead of his time, Moran also built his own hydroelectric power system, which supplied electricity and heating for the home. Rosario became one of the earliest homes anywhere to be electrically heated. Besides the 18 bedrooms, dining rooms, grand living room and dens, Rosario also featured a heated swimming pool in the basement, bowling alley, billiard room and an attic that could accommodate 50 guests on cots.
The "porch" back in the day...
And as it looks today...
and from the side...
A model of one of Robert Moran's ships, on display in what must have been a bathroom at one time...
View of the front lawn - Anchor chain from the "Nebraska" is strung between repurposed Seattle street lamps along the carriage circle.
The design of the Moran Mansion was inspired not only by Moran's nautical background but also by the popular Arts and Crafts movement of the time. Moran's dedication to the Arts and Crafts ideals is evident throughout the mansion with its rich mahogany paneling, earthen tone tiles, stain glass lighting, and unique fireplace hearths.
The bathrooms looked exactly as they must have when the Moran's lived there.
Some details of the plumbing.
Here I am in one of the dressing rooms. As I wandered through the rooms, I wondered what it must have been like for the family to have lived in such an amazing place.
And look, Robert had a Boston Terrier!
Bedroom containing a teak bureau featuring swinging mirrors designed by Robert Moran.
Moran's oldest son, John, served as construction foreman, but Moran oversaw every detail, down to the door hinges. Several hundred mahogany doors were installed in the mansion, each one so solid and heavy that they needed special hinges to open and close smoothly. Moran designed bronze "butterfly" hinges with pins of self-lubricating lignum vitae, a hardwood often used by shipbuilders.
Moran's special pride was the handsome, soaring music room at Rosario, which contains, among other items, a 26-rank Aeolian pipe organ made in Germany with 1,972 pipes. It is here that Moran would often wake up his guests sharply at 7 a.m. daily with a resounding rendition of ``Work for the Night is Coming.'' A balcony above the music room contained the keyboard for the organ and Moran's private library, which held volumes on both engineering and medicine (he decided to learn everything he could about medicine after being told he had only six months to live). The music room also contains a 1900 Steinway grand piano, a Belgian stain-glass window picturing the harbor at Antwerp, and two mezzanine libraries overlooking a Tiffany chandelier, which depicts various performing arts.
Imagine waking up to this view every morning!
The closets were full on fascinating drawers of various sizes.
Yet another bathroom, with an interesting shower head...
Time to leave. What an amazing place!
We drove down by the machine shop, but couldn't find a picnic table anywhere at Rosario, so went back to the lake in Moran Park to eat our lunch. We tried to drive up to Mount Constitution, but didn't notice the sign that said the road was closed at Little Summit. Oh well, the view that we saw from the side of the road was amazing, anyway.
We went back into Eastsound to the grocery store for a few things, then back to Doe Bay. We sat by the water until it was time for Larry to get in a little more soaking time.
Soon it was time to make supper in the Community Kitchen. It was so much fun! I chopped some garlic and ginger...
Sauteed it up...
I had come down earlier and cut up the sweet potatoes and green onions.
Time to add the tomato paste and chili paste...
Some tomatoes went in and we let it simmer for a bit...
While the flavors melded, we moved outside to one of the tables and enjoyed a glass of wine!
The veggies were added and we just hung out until they were tender, heated the rice up in the microwave, and sat down to eat.
We went to bed and nearly froze! Larry went down to the car around 3 a.m. for another propane can for the Little Buddy, and by the time we got up it had warmed up some. He went down for a little more soaking, we packed up, and said good-bye to the Yang Yurt...