The San Juan Islands here in Washington State are a treasure. Sailing, fishing, crabbing, kayaking, hiking, history, Orca, whales, seals, seaside villages with unique appeal, and oh yeah…some of the best sunsets in the World all await you in this Pacific Northwest gem.
After a winter spent working on our boat and a spring spent replacing the main mast, Rebecca and I were super excited to be able to ‘get away from it all’ for two weeks aboard our trusty Hudson Seawolf 44, ‘Fair Dinkum.’ The choices here in the Pacific Northwest are many, but the San Juan’s are our favorite. Far enough from our homeport in Tacoma to feel like we have gone somewhere but close enough to be doable for two separate nine day journeys without breaking the bank, the islands beckoned us yet once again. The slide shows below show just a sampling of our experiences and we plan to elaborate on them in later posts. Feel free to leave a comment if you would like to know anything in particular. For now, enjoy.
We love to sail. The Puget Sound is finicky in the summer months and even going North, it can be a challenge to get where you are going whilst taking advantage of the wind. This year, however, we resolved to sail, and sail we did! Yes we spent plenty of time motoring, but on both trips we logged over a hundred miles of sailing. It was simply put marvelous! The scenery that you see under sail here is amazing. We saw whales, caught salmon, and just soaked it all in!
A great day of sailing is always made better when you are then able to have a good time at anchor. The San Juan’s are replete with activities for the cruiser. Kayaking is a favorite of ours and exploring those places inaccessible to us in our sailboat is a real joy. Bull kelp billowing in the current, enjoying the rock formations, jigging for bottom fish, crabbing, hiking on the miles-and-miles of trails, exploring historic landmarks, visiting lighthouses, enjoying the company of friends, and having a drink or two after our passage all made our days memorable and full.
Sunsets! I am of the humble opinion that the sunsets in the San Juan’s are beyond compare. The color never ceases to amaze as does their longevity. It is common here to begin watching the sunset at 8 in the summer and watch it transition and develop until 11 or later. This year the colors were especially magnificent. I don’t know why but they were. Sunset is our favorite time aboard as it is for many cruisers. It can be a time for enjoying a sundowner, listening to music, reading, contemplating, or all of the above. Salmon on the grill and crab in the cooker certainly help fill in the senses. It is all here in the San Juan Islands.
Up next, we will dive in to the specific islands we visited this year and details of our voyage. Let us know what you would like to see! Until then, fair winds!
Cheers from Dylan and Rebecca