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Port Townsend to Port Ludlow - Three-Day Paddle

Description: We are going to do a three-day paddle from Port Townsend to Port Ludlow.  We will basecamp both nights at the CMT Campsite at Kinney Point at the south end of Marrowstone Island.

(Rounding Kinney Point.)

Sign-up Requirements:

This is a lengthy spring paddle (32 to 36 nautical miles including the optional middle-day circumnavigation paddle) in cold water, with open crossings, current effects, wind waves, and likely container ship wakes (... surfable, if one wants!) along the east shore of Marrowstone Island.  To sign up for this paddle, you must be an intermediate or advanced paddler with good boat-handling, bracing, re-entry, and rescue skills and be able to paddle a sustained 2.5 knots pace.  The required kayaking experience and skills need to be documented in your meetup-profile information and your answers to the sign-up questions.   RSVP's without answers to the sign-up questions will be deleted.

Schedule and Itinerary:

Friday evening, May 23

Staying in Port Townsend Friday evening is recommended, but not mandatory.  We will car shuttle Friday night or early Saturday morning to place vehicle(s) in Port Ludlow.

Saturday, May 24

8:00 a.m - Meet at Point Hudson Marina, offload, pack our kayaks, park, and launch. 

9:00 a.m. - Launch, paddle 2 n.m. across to Ft. Flagler State Park, 2 n.m. to Marrowstone Point, 6 n.m. south in Admiralty Inlet down the east shore of Marrowstone Island (... assisted by a 2+ knot flood current), with picnic lunch at East Beach Park along the way, and 2 n.m around to the remote CMT Campsite at Kinney Point. (12 n.m. total).

~ 3:00 p.m. arrive at the CMT Campsite and set up camp.

Sunday, May 25

We will day-paddle out of camp, and/or hike the trails in South Indian Island Park.  A variety of paddles, of differing lengths and difficulties, are available.  Not everyone has to do the same paddle.  Available paddles include:

• Circumnavigate Indian Island, 12 to 16 n.m., depending upon side trips, (needs to be started early morning to catch flood current coming back through the Port Townsend Canal).

• Paddle, with isthmus portages, to Mystery Bay State Park and back (8 n.m.).

• Paddle to the nearby beach parks in Oak Bay (any length wanted).

Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day)

~ 10:00 a.m. -  launch and paddle south with approx. 0.7 knots flood current to Mats Mats Bay and to Port Ludlow (8 n.m.).

~ 2:00 p.m. arrive at Port Ludlow, complete the car shuttle (1/2 hour each way), and head home.

Miscellaneous Logistics:

Parking at Pt. Hudson Marina is $5 per night.

Bring your Discover Pass if you have one, the car-shuttle logistics could involve parking at a state park.

Aaron's cell phone is[masked]-3015.

For car-shuttle planning and the like, the latest info on arrival times is:

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In Port Townsend Friday evening: Aaron and Paula, Jody, Amy.

Near P.T. Friday evening or arrive Saturday morning: T.

Camp out near P.T. or arrive Saturday morning: Ron, Peter.

Arrive Saturday afternoon by kayak: Julie.

Scott: Unknown, no information.

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Meal Arrangements:

Lunches everyone's on their own. For dinner appetizers, snacks and desserts, bring whatever you want to share. For beverages to share, some folks can bring the ever-popular wine. :)-  And if a few folks bring good beer, your event host will be happy. :)--  If you wanna share some non-alcoholic beverages besides your own stash, bring a little extra bulk quantity or cans.

For plates, bowls, cups, silverware, napkins, etc., each person is responsible for providing his/her own.

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Here's the latest on community meal contributions, as of Thurs. morning, May 22:

Saturday dinner: seafood tacos

Frozen ahi: Amy

Frozen salmon: Jody

Frozen bay scallops: Aaron and Paula

Flour tortillas: Aaron and Paula

Shredded cabbage: Julie, Aaron and Paula

Shredded cheese, avocado, cilantro, limes, salsa, sour cream: Jody

Corn bread: Peter

Salad: Julie

Rice and beans: Larry/beans

Corn tortillas?

Any other items?

Sunday and Monday breakfasts

Granola and yogurt: Amy

Pastries, hard-boiled eggs, bananas: T

Corned beef hash and poached eggs: Aaron and Paula

Juice: Julie

Bread: Ron

Coffee: Ron

Hot cereal and add-ins: ?????

Other eggs?

Any other items?

Sunday dinner: hearty stews and soups

Chicken gumbo and rice: Aaron and Paula

Fresh! clams and oysters for stew and chowder: T

Canned clams, just in case :)-: Ron

Other seafood, just in case:  Leftover from the fish tacos.

Five quarts total of aseptic packed seafood stock and canned evaporated milk (for the seafood chowder and stew): Aaron and Paula

Chopped onions, celery and multicolor peppers, butter, bacon and potatoes for the stew and/or chowder:  Aaron and Paula

Good bread: Ron

Salad?

Any other items?

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Conditions and Contingency:

This paddle is contingent upon reasonably safe wind and weather conditions.

Equipment Requirements:

Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, sunglasses, sunscreen, water and snacks, picnic lunch, picnic dinner, waterproof hat, VHF radio if you have one, drysuit.  Layered warm clothes, waterproof insulated paddle gloves and/or pogies, warm head and ears protection.  Extra change of warm clothes in a dry-bag.  Camping gear, food, and water.

Immersion Gear:

Wearing immersion protection (wetsuit or dry-suit, preferably a dry-suit) is mandatory for this paddle.

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  • Aaron S

    Grand total for the basic paddle: 24.7 n.m.

    Day 1: Port Townsend to Kinney Point - 8.3 n.m. (via the Port Townsend Canal route)

    Day 2: Day-paddle from Kinney Point down to Port Ludlow and back - 15.8 n.m. (8.2 n.m. down, including into Mats Mats Bay + 7.6 n.m. back)

    Day 3: Kinney Point to the take-out beach - 0.6 n.m.

    May 28, 2014

    • Jody B

      this is where the marine biotoxins have closed beaches. Interestingly enough...Kinney Point wasn't closed. We definitely saw something just north of there..hmmmm

      May 27, 2014

  • Aaron S

    How 'bout them community fish tacos, too. And T's breakfast burritos. What was better, the five-star beer and food at the five-star Inn at Port Ludlow? (... in the middle of a long middle-day paddle ... that Jody and Amy nailed in no time like paddling super-stars) ... or the five-star food at our five-star campsite? And nice get on the rarely-found KInney Point geocache, Peter. You guys were great and this was fun! And kudos to Marrowstone ...a nice, low-key, scenic island with friendly folks.

    May 27, 2014

  • Jody B

    ditto...the seafood chowder and corned beef hash were gourmet meals. Thanks for putting this together, Aaron. It was a fun weekend

    May 26, 2014

  • peter p

    Thanks again Aaron and Paula. 5 star dinners too.

    May 26, 2014

  • T.-

    Great time, delicious food, nice camp spot & wonderful company = a really fun trip! Thank you Aaron for taking the time to put this together. :)

    May 26, 2014

  • Aaron S

    I've never dug clams (... mmm, I dig them; I've just never dug them. :)- ). I assume shovels are needed? Can some of you bring some kayak-transportable shovels?

    May 23, 2014

    • Jody B

      I'll bring a little garden trowel..might work if these ones are near the surface

      1 · May 23, 2014

  • Ron

    Anyone interested in getting together for dinner Fri. evening or having a beer? There's music at the PT brewery 5-8pm.

    1 · May 23, 2014

  • Jenn

    Hi Aaron, I coordinated w/Larry's group to join them starting Sat at Port Ludlow. If you have room (!) I'll be there at your camp Sat eve. with contributions to dinner (corn tortillas, refried beans) and b-fast (instant oats w/brn sugar, raisins) to share. See ya then!

    May 23, 2014

  • Audra

    I am feeling I am not able to make this trip. I really apologize for cancelling so late. The logistics of driving by myself up there with no place to stay. etc. Its been a tough year with two deaths in my family. I will see you this summer on the water soon.

    May 22, 2014

  • Larry M

    Aaron, Since Julie decided to join your group for dinner why don't we all join you. Brian and I will look at the list and bring some stuff to help for dinner and Sunday Breakfast. See you Saturday afternoon.

    May 22, 2014

  • Aaron S

    The Saturday weather and marine forecasts are improving! :)- Now 10% chance of rain Saturday, and the latest (2:30 p.m. Thurs.) Admiralty Inlet marine forecast is:

    Sat. - NW wind 5 to 15 kt., wind waves 1 or 2 ft. (... good wind direction for our paddle!)
    Sun. - Light wind ... becoming SE 5 to 15 kt. in the afternoon, with afternoon wind waves 1 or 2 ft.
    Mon. - Variable wind 10 kt., wind waves 1 ft.

    The Sunday and Monday weather forecasts call for periods of rain, but by then we'll be all set up and comfy at our campsite. :)-

    The area we're paddling has lots of options in routes, logistics and potential camp locations (there are three CMT sites in proximity of our camp area). We'll adjust in accordance with conditions and forecasts at paddle-time. In addition to car(s) at Port Ludlow, we'll post car(s) at the Indian/Marrowstone isthmus for full flexibility for adjusting to conditions Monday.

    See some of ya Friday evening, and all of ya at Port Hudson Marina on Saturday morning! :)

    1 · May 22, 2014

  • Julie N

    Took myself off as I will be with Larry's group, but will join you for potluck dinner Sat and bfast Sunday.

    May 22, 2014

  • Jody B

    I'll bring shredded cheese, avocado, cilantro, limes, salsa, sour cream..probably good items for Saturday's stews as well. Also, already have a Bota Box of Merlot to bring.

    May 19, 2014

    • Jody B

      hey...there's a Trader Joe's Coho in the freezer, putting that in the mix

      May 21, 2014

  • Ron

    I can bring back-up canned clams/smoked oysters. Unless someone besides T brings a shellfish license then there won't be enough if we take the legal limit. Will someone have a can opener on their multi-tool?

    Has anyone checked if oyster gathering is open or closed?

    It would help if some people could bring several extra long ropes for the tarp and for hanging food.

    If it's not raining on Friday I was thinking of camping at Oak Bay Park in Port Hadlock. It's first-come, no reservations. Peter, interested in joining me?

    May 21, 2014

    • Aaron S

      Thanks for filling that ingredients gap, Ron, and thanks for the reminder about the can opener. Oyster and clams season is open at Oak Bay Park beach and at Kinney Point. I will get a shellfish license and anyone else is encouraged to, also.

      May 21, 2014

  • Aaron S

    You guys are doing great on the community meals planning by comments! We've got the A-team on this paddle! :)- I noted the few gaps in the new list in the posting with bold question marks. Also, we could use another soup pot or two, and a few folks should just bring cooking spoons, spatulas, knives and cutting boards. I also added the latest known info on arrival logistics, update if you know at this point and is different.

    May 21, 2014

  • Aaron S

    The current marine forecast for Admiralty Inlet is:
    Sat. - NW wind 10 to 20 knots, wind waves 1 to 3 feet.
    Sun. - NW wind to 10 knots, wind waves 1 foot or less.

    If that Saturday forecast holds, we will launch from a different location in the general area and do a more protected paddle to our destination. There are several good options.

    No matter what, we will meet initially at the planned location and time. Those who have them should bring their Discovery Passes, as some of our launch location options are state parks.

    May 21, 2014

  • Audra

    Do we have a reserved spot at the CMT campground? Are we staying there Sat- Mon and paddling around?

    May 20, 2014

    • Aaron S

      We plan is to stay in one campsite both nights. The trip plan details are in the "Schedule and Itinerary" in the posting.

      The Kinney Point CMT campsite does not take reservations. It is remote with no development except a toilet and no landside access. I'll be surprised if anyone else is there. There are two other CMT sites nearby, a little beyond Kinney Point. Neither of those takes reservations. Both of those are more developed. We may choose to stay at one of those sites, especially if the weather is rainy.

      May 21, 2014

  • Amy H.

    Hey just remembered I was up there for New Years - and this is the official slogan.
    Marrowstone Island - A Tiny Island Slightly off The Coast of America where the living is easy, the water is sweet and all the beaches are clothing optional.

    1 · May 6, 2014

    • T.-

      Let's hope for sunny weather! ;)

      May 6, 2014

    • Audra

      Do we have a reserved spot at the CMT campground? Are we staying there Sat- Mon and paddling around?

      May 20, 2014

  • Aaron S

    What are folks planning to bring of the following community-type camping gear?
    Cook stoves.
    Stew pots, frying pans, cooking utensils.
    Large tarps.

    May 20, 2014

    • Jody B

      I'll bring my folding frying pan..normal size

      1 · May 20, 2014

    • Aaron S

      I have a small backpacking stove, plus I picked up two slightly larger inexpensive backpacking stoves that sit atop fuel gas cannisters. I have a medium pot, a small pot, and a small frying pan. I picked up a 12' x 14' tarp, so we're set there. We need some medium size soup pots and another couple of frying pans. Any volunteers to bring those?

      May 20, 2014

  • Ron

    I'll bring coffee and some nice bread. I'm not sure what else needs to be covered and could use suggestions.

    Speaking of which, I'll bring a large tarp. I'll come Sat. a.m. unless I can figure a way to camp nearby.

    May 20, 2014

  • Julie N

    I am part of the add on group with Larry and assume we will eat with you. I'll bring shredded cabbage and a salad for Friday night and juice for bfast

    May 19, 2014

    • T.-

      It will be nice to see you, Julie! But it will be Saturday night. Is that juice for Sunday bfast?

      May 20, 2014

  • Aaron S

    Friday evening, Paula and I are staying in Cottage C2 at the Swan Hotel at 222 Monroe St., Port Townsend (at Point Hudson). For those coming in Friday evening, let's meet there around 7:30 p.m. or so for any final logistics and for doing the car-shuttle Friday evening if we can work that. Also, for coordination, my cell phone is[masked]

    May 20, 2014

  • T.-

    I'll bring pastries, hard boiled eggs, & bananas to contribute to Sunday breakfast ( food that you can take out on an early paddle) and my shellfish license. We will be right on/by (fingers crossed) an oyster bed ..maybe oyster stew for Sunday night dinner..? If not, you'll have cream for your coffee Monday morning! Is anybody bringing coffee...?

    May 19, 2014

    • Aaron S

      Very cool, T. It looks like the beaches at Kinney Point and right across the way at Oak Bay County Park are open and safe for oyster and clam harvest. Thanks!

      May 20, 2014

    • Aaron S

      Hey everyone, oyster stew and clam chowder as some of the hearty soups and stews on the Sunday dinner menu? New England or Manhattan chowder? :) Both? :)-

      May 20, 2014

  • peter p

    H20 at camp?....I'll bring corn bread and some type of desert cake.

    May 19, 2014

    • Aaron S

      No H2O at camp. Bring your own, or plan to replenish at Oak Bay County Park, which is about a mile paddle away.

      May 20, 2014

  • Jody B

    I'm staying at an AirBnB place in a cohousing development Friday night (Amy too)

    May 19, 2014

  • Aaron S

    I added guidelines for community meals into the event posting. Let's see how meal contributions by posting comments here works. Look the postings over and volunteer to bring missing components.

    For starters, Paula and I will bring and cook:

    Saturday dinner: flour tortillas (for the seafood tacos).

    Sunday dinner: chicken gumbo, enough to feed four.

    Monday breakfast: a large frying pan of homemade corned beef hash, and poached eggs, a dozen to 18, depending on need with others' contributions (the poached eggs are very good on the hash).

    May 19, 2014

  • Amy H.

    We should figure out meal plans early this week - I have some frozen tuna I could bring for Saturday and we could have ahi soft tacos with rice and beans. Also can bring granola and yogurt for breakfast one morning.

    May 19, 2014

  • peter p

    All, I'll probably camp at Fort Casey Friday night and take the 0715 ferry over to PT on Saturday...On line reservation require a 3 day min. this weekend. I'll just show up early Friday and Hope to find a spot. If not, I'll sleep in my truck at the Coupeville ferry...safe travels.

    May 15, 2014

  • Aaron S

    Good logistics news: Paula and I are staying Friday night at a cottage at the Swan Hotel, right at our launch site, and can keep our kayaks there, which means we can do the car shuttle Friday evening ... and then pack out gear ... and then party in Port Townsend ... a fun town! See y'all there! I'll get coordination going shortly on any community gear and community dinners.

    May 15, 2014

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