The island was named after a Viceroy named Horcasita, a Mexican Count who sent the first western exploration into the region. The name was shortened to Orcas and given to the whole island chain. Eventually the islands became collectively known as the San Juan Islands; however Orcas Island retained its name.
The onset of fall on the Salish Sea is the perfect time for a beer themed cruise aboard the Wilderness Adventurer.
A week of wild and wondrous exploration was highlighted by barley, hops, malt, and yeast--Robin Shumacher, the brewmaster of Stoup Brewing in Seattle recently came aboard the Wilderness Adventurer to host a Craft Beer Cruise throughout the San Juan Islands and Salish Sea.
One of our guests, who happens to be a Washington local, shares the highlight events from our trip.
Elizabeth Kregg, a guest, sailed with us aboard the Safari Quest on our British Columbia itinerary. She delights us with a poem.