Back in August, Christina and I sneaked away for a guided four-day kayaking trip in the San Juan Islands. The image above is our whole group (minus Steve, who headed out early to get the vehicles sorted out) the morning of the last day.
Some uninteresting-to-you trip details that I’ll catalog here before I forget:
- Christina and I camped, and met the group and guides from Alder Creek, at the West Beach Resort on Orcas Island.
- Christina paddled a glass Wilderness Systems Tempest 165, while I was saddled with a glass WS Tsunami 180. That thing was a bathtub, but it held a ton of gear.
- We loaded the boats and paddled about six miles to Jones Island. The whole thing is a state park. This is where we set up base camp for the rest of the trip.
- The second day included a fairly short paddle to Yellow Island, which is wholly owned by The Nature Conservancy. (On the way to Yellow, I paddled Steve’s green P&H Scorpio.) Cool island to visit, but don’t you dare think of peeing there. From there, we lunched on Little McConnell Island, and then puttered back to camp. The idea was to have a mellow day so those that wanted to do the night paddle could nap and rest up.
- The night paddle was amazing. More on that at a later date.
- The third day included a long, lumpy paddle from Jones Island to Roche Harbor on the big San Juan Island, with a brief mutinous stop on Posey Island for its bathroom. Leaving Jones required a 2.5 mile crossing. After lunch at the harbor, we headed back to camp under beautiful blue skies. We covered about 15 miles that day.
- The last day we were up early to get the boats loaded and paddle to Deer Harbor, back on Orcas, to meet Steve at the truck. We unloaded our personal gear, helped trailer all the kayaks, and then found the line for the ferry terminal back to Anacortes.
- We were the fifth car on standby for the 2:20pm ferry (the next being at 5:30pm), but we thought we weren’t going to make it because of the English wedding party — big enough to fill the school bus behind us in line — was deemed more important. Apparently, they had international flights to catch out of Seattle that night, so the crew moved us and let the bus load first. In the end, everyone from our crew caught the 2:20pm ferry, but if looks could kill…
- Our guides from Alder Creek: Andrew “The Beard” / Dennis “The Gentleman” / Steve “From Alaska”
- Trip guests (in no particular order): Eric & Cara / James / Nick & Gail / Vicki / Kevin & Diane / Barry & Ellen
- This is important: We found an Outback Steakhouse in Burlington, WA for a late lunch / early dinner. After raiding the nearby Target for chocolate, we drove the seven hours home.
Cheesy video highlight reel coming soon.