Saturday night at Saddlebag State Park

Description: We can launch at Bayview State Park and cross over the Padilla Bay to Saddlebag Island.

Details: There is a very low tidal exchange this weekend. The low tide is only 3 feet at 8 am so we will launch at 9am and paddle the 6 miles over to Saddlebag Island and set up camp and have lunch. Then we can have time for an afternoon paddle and/or hike around the island. Sunday we can get up, hike around take a short paddle, and have lunch before we paddle back over around 1 pm. We should be off the water by 3:30 and can head for home or a short stop for dinner.

Parking/Restroom Information: We will launch at Bayview so you will have to have a Discovery pass and pay for overnight parking so lets try to carpool and save some cash. There are restrooms at the park and a vault toilet over on Saddlebag.

Camping Info: There are only 2 sites and 3 overflow sites on the island so we will keep the group small. Bring some cash for the $12 fee per site. Campfires are available . We will have a big tarp in case we get some wet weather. This paddle will not cancel because a little rain so don't sign up if you are just going to cancel if it rains. That counts as a no show. However, if we have a big storm that carries a high wind warning I will have a alternate Saturday paddle ready and will let you know when we get closer. We will have a group dinner Saturday night and a group lunch Sunday before we leave. We will have details as we get closer. Feel free to volunteer if you have a special meal you want to prepare.

Dinner: Leader - Jim Mc - Fiesta night.... Amy, Ron, Jim 
Jim Mc - mex chicken, flour tortillas and sour cream
Amy - Beans, cheese, brown rice
Jim - Lettuce, chips, tomatoes, or hard taco shells.

Brunch: Larry - Peter, Martina, John - French Toast & Sausages
Larry - Sausages, OJ

Carpool:
Larry and Martina - carpooling from home
Ron & Amy - Carpooling from home

SK Rating http://students.washington.edu/ukc/seakayaking/sea_rating.php I am rating this a class 2-3 paddle. If the wind doesn't come up it should be a pretty easy paddle over to the island and wandering around. But it is a open water crossing and you should be ready for immersion and have good rescue skills.

Equipment Requirements: Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, headlamp, charts, navigation gear (compass/gps/??)vhf radio (edit as needed). All you own camping gear. NO WATER available on the island so bring your own water for the weekend.

Chart:

Tides


Sa   4     High   1:27 AM     8.2   
     4      Low   8:07 AM     3.2   
     4     High   1:26 PM     5.5
     4      Low   6:56 PM     2.3

Su   5     High   2:08 AM     8.1   
     5      Low   8:50 AM     2.2  
     5     High   3:02 PM     6.0
     5      Low   7:58 PM     3.2

 

NOAA Wind: Early NOAA Friday - Padilla Bay: Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Wind waves 1 ft or less.

 

IMPORTANT - If you have not filled out your profile information in the Sea Kayak Meetup information please do so. Failure to have a completely filled out profile will cause you to be dropped from the paddle.

AND AS USUAL - All my paddles are one strike you're out... I will monitor the site up to 3 hours before we launch for cancellations. (for this paddle the cut off will be Wednesday before the paddle unless an emergency happens) But if we launch and I haven't heard from you that is a no show and you will no longer be welcome on my trips. Please don't sign up unless you really think you can attend. It isn't fair for the other paddlers. As usual, I will manage the trip numbers based on extra organizers and the paddle experience of the people who sign up. So jump on the waiting list because I frequently up the attendees. Thanks.

 

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  • Jim M.

    Thanks Larry for another great trip!

    May 6, 2013

  • Ron

    really enjoyable weekend. hope to see all of you again soon

    May 6, 2013

  • Jim

    awesome weather, good people. Hated to come back

    May 5, 2013

  • Larry M

    Nice foks to paddle with, great dinner, wonderful weather, very nice island and camp spots

    May 5, 2013

  • Larry M

    Nice

    May 4, 2013

  • Jim M.

    Dinner plan so far:
    Jim M - Shredded mexican chicken, Flour tortillas, sour cream, salsa.
    Amy - Beans, cheese, brown rice
    Jim - Lettuce, chips, tomatoes, or hard taco shells.

    Does anyone have any food allergies we should be concerned about?

    Any good dessert ideas?

    I can't go up Friday - would it work for anyone to carpool I live in Woodinville, I have a discover pass and can take another boat.

    May 1, 2013

    • Jim

      Hey folks I will bring dessert too. How does Pepperidge Farm cookies and pound cake sound?

      May 3, 2013

  • Ron

    Amy H,

    I'd love to carpool. My car's in the shop so I need transportation. I won't camp Friday if that's not what you are doing.

    My home is near the freeway in Mountlake Terrace. I can give you specific directions if you'll give me your email.

    May 2, 2013

    • Amy H.

      Not camping on Friday - I've emailed you

      May 2, 2013

  • Amy H.

    I'm open to carpooling - have 2 racks and a discover pass

    May 2, 2013

    • Amy M.

      Awe that is sooooo nice of u. Would love that but have a commitment on Sunday or I would of jumped at your offer.

      May 2, 2013

  • Amy M.

    Hi I just bought a kayak and looking into outfitting my Honda pilot with a roof rack system. Curious as to the best way and system to go for. Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks.

    May 2, 2013

  • Ron

    What should i bring? I want to camp friday. How many others will there be?

    May 1, 2013

    • Larry M

      you are on dinner so look at what is there so far and fill in...

      May 2, 2013

  • jill i

    Oh you're going to have the BEST weather for this! Going to be in California, otherwise would have love to come.

    May 1, 2013

  • Jim

    If no one else has volunteered, I can bring the lettuce/chips/cheese, etc. for the fiesta dinner

    May 1, 2013

  • Jim

    yay, I am in! What can I bring, foodwise?

    May 1, 2013

    • Larry M

      you are on the dinner meal team

      May 1, 2013

  • Martina M.

    Larry (or anyone else) -- I'm happy to carpool. Launching at 9am means leaving Ash Way around 7:00, right?

    Brunch: Somehow french toast is calling to me. Maple syrup & sausages.

    April 30, 2013

    • Larry M

      I will car pool with you, French toast sound great. I will bring sausages

      April 30, 2013

    • Martina M.

      sweet. Mt Vernon is not that far away -- somehow i was thinking Anacortes, as we used that launch site last time. so does 7:30 work?

      April 30, 2013

  • peter p

    I am camping at Bayview fri. Nite if anyone wants to join me.

    April 30, 2013

  • Jim

    Hi Larry,

    If there is more room or dropouts I am still game to join. Have all my own stuff, incl. immersion gear, and experience paddling in currents, surf, rivers, etc. as well as rescue.

    April 30, 2013

    • Larry M

      Jim, i appreciate that. I am holding down the group because there is only a few campsites and with the nice weather other folks may try to stay there and we don't want to take up the whole island. Sorry

      April 30, 2013

  • Jim M.

    I'll bring mex chicken, flour tortillas and sour cream. Any volunteers for lettuce, beans, chips, cheese, etc?

    April 29, 2013

    • Amy H.

      I will bring beans, cheese and brown rice. Looking forward to it

      April 30, 2013

  • Jim M.

    Hi Larry - What do you think about a fiesta for the pot luck dinner?

    April 27, 2013

    • Larry M

      Wow, Jim, that sounds like a volunteer.... TAG - your the leader for din din.... :)

      April 29, 2013

  • Larry M

    I have set the meal responsibilities, we will have a nice brunch in Sunday morning before launching for a paddle.

    April 29, 2013

  • Anna S.

    Is it possible to join for one day? We (I+huby) are beginners and would like to see what this is about.

    April 5, 2013

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