The Pacific Northwest is full of beautiful scenery, lovely hikes and fun, urban cities but finding a Northwest castle for Sue’s latest word of the week was a challenge.
Mount Constitution on Orcas Island is the highest point in the San Juan Islands and in 1936 the Civilian Conservation Corps built this stone observation tower in the style of a medieval watch tower right at the top. As a kid I always thought this was the perfect castle tower and have made several fun return trips with Ryan and John. If you climb the twisting staircase inside the tower to the top platform your reward is a panoramic view of the surrounding Islands as well as the Cascade Mountains. If it is a clear day you can see north to the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia and as far south as Mount Rainier in Washington state.