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Great week in the San Juan Gulf Islands 18 Aug 2008 19:55 #1

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We had a great 10 days of cruising the San Juans and the Gulf Islands although I was sick for most of the trip.

Started with three nights at Sucia in Echo Bay. Kids hadn't been there and they loved the beach and gave them a place to run around. Cap't Jack the Pirate left a note in a bottle on the beach with a map on it directing them to Patos Island for buried treasure. In-laws headed over before the two dinghies and buried the treasure box. Trip was 5 miles one way which was fun. Pulling into the bay at Patos and seeing one of the rowing boats from the Lady Washington added to the adventure. Neat island to explore. Ended time at Sucia by doing some geocaching with the kids and niece and nephew. Found bees nest along the way and suffered 4 stings, of which I am allergic, but no other injuries.

Left Sucia Monday and headed for Bedwell to clear customs. Some yahoo in a chartered 47 thought it was first to the dock wins and my wife made it clear you wait your turn as he tried to take the spot we were heading into. He said, "we both can fit" to which she replied, "that would be good although you are third in line". Got cleared and off we went to Otter Bay. We stopped here last year and loved it. They have opened the second, larger pool for families and have upgraded their inside dock with power, free internet and new docks. Spent two nights and enjoyed their breakfast omelettes the last morning there. In-laws in their charter boat headed back to Roche on Wednesday as we headed north.

Wednesday afternoon we pulled into Montegue Harbor around 1pm. Just missed out on the last remaining bouy but as we intended to raft with our friends we just dropped anchor and joined the masses. Beautiful harbor and well protected. Dinghied over to the marina and hopped on the free bus to the Hummingbird Inn for dinner. Fun bus ride (provided by the Inn). Not the fastest service but we sat outside and they had a play area for kids and horshoes for us. Great fish and chips and burgers. One note, if you need supplies, right across the street from the Inn is a full service store. The marina store was very dissappointing. Hopped the bus for a moonlit trip back to the boat. Not sure how many boats were there in the harbor but at least 100 or so. The Marine park gave us some relaxing fun on Thursday. Kids had fun turning over rocks at low tide to see the shore crabs. The temp was close to 85 that afternoon so decided to jump into the water from the boat. Cold but nice. Caught a spectacular sunset via dinghy after ice cream to finish off our time there.

Friday we headed south to meet up with our sailboat friends. We were unsure of where to go and called the Lopez Islander Resort and got three slips for the weekend. Cleared in Friday Harbor and then jetted across the channel. Got tied up and the kids were off to the pool. Nice place although they could use some updating. Spent Saturday afternoon in Lopez and picked berries to and from along the road.

Left yesterday morning at 9am to catch slack at Deception. Great ride home. Some yahoo came up behind me heading up to Dagmars and then saw his burgee, it was Play N Hookie II. :D Realized my VHF was still on intercom with the cabin so switched it over and said hi. We made it to Dagmars too early for them to pull us. Offloaded most of our gear from the river dock and then spent a couple hours washing the boat.

Great trip and we are planning to go much farther north next year. Can you say Desolation?

Will add pictures when the wife sends me select ones from the over 300 she took during the trip.

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Great week in the San Juan Gulf Islands 18 Aug 2008 20:19 #2

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Sounds like a great trip Sean. We think we will be heading much further north into Desolation next summer. Probably stay on the Mainland side most of the way up.

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Great week in the San Juan Gulf Islands 18 Aug 2008 20:24 #3

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sounds like you guys had fun....we went to bremerton for the weekend and came back yesterday at low tide at dags too......too early to be pulled also and had to come back to wash the boat...


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Great week in the San Juan Gulf Islands 18 Aug 2008 21:04 #4

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Go Aweigh2452;187292 wrote: Sounds like a great trip Sean. We think we will be heading much further north into Desolation next summer. Probably stay on the Mainland side most of the way up.


I need to look at a chart to see how far you went this year. We are not as fast but figured two or three long days and we are there so giving us a solid week up there with another for travel.

Seapuppy...it was definate pucker factor seeing the depths but we didn't want to tie up at POE. It was our first time on the river dock and got a spot right next to the ramps which made unloading easy.

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Great week in the San Juan Gulf Islands 18 Aug 2008 21:11 #5

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as your coming up river...stay to your left...it stays about 7-8 ft on a low tide.....you really have to get over to the side.....the channel ctr drops to about 3 ft at low tide....

yeah...working off the river dock is fun...we were already in lane one so..they couldn't pull us out...

gotta watch the ramps though....going up the ramp sometimes they twist...make walking and hauling the clydesdales tough!!..

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