The Grand adventure Part 2...
I left as early as I could from James Island, but I had to wait for the Fog to clear enough that it would be safe. I was finally able to leave about 10:30 or so.
|Just about week out... time to get more Ice!|
Just a short jaunt from Blakely Island was my next destination... Clark Island. Another in the chain of Islands that is the San Juans, Clark Island was a great place to hang out for a night. The Moorings are of a newer design than what I have previously encountered (Basically a metal "teepee" sitting on top of an old tire.) The newer design is basically a barrel-shaped float that has an indentation on the top that houses the metal ring that you put your line through. It is a little more challenging to grab the ring, but not bad. take a look in this short video:
I didn't do a whole lot here, but I did go ashore to register for the mooring buoy, and of course, snap a few pics...
|on shore at Clark Island|
|just hangin out on a mooring buoy at Clark Island|
|Tonight's Dinner... a double-hamburger with lettuce and tomato! (NO fries with that...) And a Beer (or two) of course!|
|Leaving Clark Island... in the Fog, at almost Noon! Geez!|
It was only a short Jaunt of seven and a half miles and one and a half hours of motoring (of course, because that is what we do here in Puget Sound in the summer...) to get to this Island, The one I had looked forward to the most, and I was not disappointed!
I decided to approach the Island from the south and see if I could catch a Mooring ball in Echo Bay, which is by far the largest anchorage at Sucia. There were a LOT of boats here, but there were still mooring balls available, as well as horizontal moorings, which I had never seen before. I caught a ball the first try this time....
Sucia is a horseshoe shaped island with six different anchorages and miles and miles of hiking trails. There is also Camping available if you are so inclined. I was there for 3 days and only scratched the surface of all the things there are to do and see. The hiking was great and it had trails from easy to difficult. There is a lot of sandstone around that has been carved by Mother Nature, so it is a photographers dream. The kayaking is also superb. you could Kayak for DAYS in this area. I really can't say enough how much I enjoyed this Island. By far my favorite place I have visited so far. Next time I am here I might try mooring in Fossil or Shallow bay... It is definitely a place I will return to.
|Here is the basic Layout of Sucia Island... LOTS of hiking trails, as well as LOTS of places to moor your boat!|
|A panoramic shot of Echo Bay, where Dulcinea hung out for 3 days.|
|That's Dulcinea, right in the middle!|
|This is my favorite Shot so far. Dulcinea (and Sancho) in Echo Bay.|
|Just what you need after an intense day of Hiking... Grilled chicken, Rice and grilled vegetables!|
|Early morning (well, 8 am anyway) in Echo Bay|
|Sandstone, carved by Mother Nature|
|more carved sandstone|
|Working out with the TRX on Dulcinea, in Echo Bay|
|That is one of the Finger Islands on the right, and Mount Baker in the distance|
|A closeup of Mount Baker. Picture doesn't do it Justice....|
|This is a small cave in the side of the south finger island that Mother Nature carved out of the sandstone|
|Sunset in Shallow Bay|
|Sunset in Shallow Bay|
so after three great days of hiking, kayaking and exploring, it was time to head back home. my next Stop was going to be Stuart Island, then Roche harbor then Port Townsend, but the weather was going to deteriorate in a couple of days, and I didn't want to get caught in the Strait of Juan de Fuca in bad weather, so I changed my route to go to Friday Harbor, then to Hunter Bay then back through the Swinomish Channel and back through La Conner. Heading into Friday Harbor, the wind was blowing, as usual, right off the nose, but was pretty strong. I had plenty of time so I decided to Tack in so I could get in some pretty good sailing time. Take a look!
the trip back was relatively uneventful, but rather than spending a night in Tulalip Bay, I went to the Everett Marina. Another great place. Coming back a day earlier than planned allowed me to spend Labor day with my sister and brother in law at a house they were house sitting at in Wollochet Bay. there was a mooring ball in front of the house, so I threw a line on it and had a great time with them and some friends.
|Sancho in the foreground and Dulcinea moored in Wollochet Bay,|