san juan island sea kayak/canoe trip - August 9, 2013

The San Juan Islands offer some of the best sea kayaking in the world: Only an hour ferry ride from the mainland, they're sheltered from ocean swells by the Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island, and yet, with some 170 islands and islets, they offer endless opportunities for adventure. We will spend 4 days on the water with a very high probability of encountering orcas, porpoises, sea otters and bald eagles. The islands, some of which are still uninhabited, are rugged and choked with forests and invite exploration with spectacular bluffs, sandy beaches, and tide pools teeming with sea stars up to 20 inches across. On clear days, views of Mount Baker and the Olympic Mountains rise toward the east and south. On dark summer evenings, kayaks generate a stream of glowing green as they ply the bioluminescent waters. When the tides are favorable we will be out exploring the coastlines in our boats. When the tides are against us we will hike, fish, explore or just chill out to our heart's content. Come nightfall, we will camp on secluded islands, cook wonderful meals (fresh caught salmon?), trade stories over a driftwood campfire and fall asleep to the sound of the gentle surf. Trip size: I am planning on a group of 5 to 10 people. Solo kayaks are recommended, but tandems will be available if you so desire. Training / prerequisites: Basic paddling skills, sea-kayak self-rescue, camping skills required (by the time of the trip). I will host a few get-togethers before the trip to discuss things like tides, currents, wildlife, meal planning, etc. I will also arrange 2 or 3 training sessions at one of the local reservoirs to paddle around, learn / practice skills and get to know each other. Getting there: The plan is to rent a van and all drive out together - sharing the driving as well as the expenses: van and boat rental, food, camping fees, and other incidental costs - aiming to keep costs to a minimum. When: We will be driving out August 9th and 10th, perhaps with a chance to grab a nice meal and look around Friday Harbor (San Juan Island) on Saturday night. Sunday Morning we will begin our journey from scenic Lime Kiln Point State Park. After 4 days of exploring and circumnavigating many beautiful islands, we will finish up back at Friday Harbor. From there we can decide how efficient or scenic we wish our return home to be.

Level:Class II
Organizer:Steve Seliger
Date:Fri Aug 9 2013 — Fri Aug 16 2013
Meeting Place:Registration required