I know it's a drive, but this was a really nice paddle! I paddled from Wildcat Cove just north of Larrabee State Park, along the coastline until I was due east of Chuckanut Island in the middle of Chuckanut Bay. There was alot of wildlife including tens of thousands of starfish (pics), Herons (pics), Rock Crab (pics), a Harbor Porpoise, and a curious Seal (pics). The shore is sandstone rock which is carved out in some very cool shapes and covered with large starfish. Bring your sculling draw to get close! Even the drive up highway 11 (aka Chuckanut Drive) is outstanding. Boundry Bay brewery is just a few miles up the road too :) hope this link works...
UPDATE Here is a link to the local Bellingham Weather; (hit Bellingham from the list of cities, and hit the "Details" link for Saturday, 10/23/10 for a drop down menu for the day.)
http://community.seat... We have been studying the weather forecast for our trip. We think that the conditions, (wind, rain and current) will be of minimal impact for our paddle in the mid day. I have adjusted the meet-up time from 11:00 AM to 10:00 AM to take better advantage of the weather window and to facilitate returning and being off the water by 3:00 PM. This will help us take advantage of the best part of the day and help those people who want to return home sooner for their Saturday night plans and help the rest of us get to the Boundary Bay Brew Pub for a brew n' grub and howl at the moon! :-) YaHoo!!! Please plan on arriving at 10:00 AM to start our paddle by 11:00 AM. Thank you all very much for your responses to my e-mail inquiry regarding your contact info and trip interest! I have adjusted the attendance RSVP's accordingly. (Those folks on the wait list will need to get in touch with me if you still want to go.) I will update this site again as necessary, so please stay tuned! Please feel free to contact me directly regarding any last minute information you may want, or would like to share regarding your status. I'd appreciate that! I'm looking forward to paddling with everyone! See ya soon! Kevin
UPDATE #2 Here is the Bellingham Weather for Saturday, (as of Friday 9:45 AM) Please follow the link above if the graphics don't appear. Local weather:Regional weather|Interactive Radar Bellingham, Washington Saturday, October 23 Hour 9a 12p 3p 6p 9p 12a 3a 6a Temp[masked] 44 46 Feels like[masked] 39 41 Winds[masked] Direction Dewpoint[masked] 41 40 Skies Precipitation Humidity[masked] 86 80 Forecast-ID-10/22/2010-6Z-40 It is very important to note that this paddle is an experienced required paddle! You really have to come equipped with your own safety gear and self rescue skills in order for you and your paddle partners to feel safe. Please inform yourself as to the conditions and make good choices for yourself regarding your abilities! We will look at the water Saturday morning at the launch site and make our final decisions!
http://community.seat... I'm reading the weather pattern won't start until late afternoon. The wind is from the east an <10 mph with <1-2 seas. Kevin