I am hoping to see an Orca. It's been 15 years and that is my goal for this trip as well as having a great time.
The plan: Saturday morning, 9am ferry from Anacortes , arrive at Friday Harbor at 10:05am. Drive, 10 miles to San Juan County Park Boat Ramp. Park your car over night for $10. My target is a 12pm departure from San Juan Cty Park, aka Small Pox Bay. Next destination is to head north towards Roche Harbor, round Kellett Bluff then on to McCracken Point, distance so far is 6.0 NM. We will have a 2.5 NM crossing to the entrance of Reid Harbor, then another 1.5 NM to beach our kayaks at the camp grounds. Leaving at noon we will be on the flood with currents starting at about slack with help along the way at about 2 knots.
My guess is we should be at our camp site some time after 4pm. There are many things to see along the way and much to explore on Stuart. There is a good hike to Turn Point Lighthouse, Satellite Island, Johns Island, Cactus Island, Ripple Island, and last but not least Spieden Island, once owned by John Wayne and seeded with game from Africa - that's what I heard.
There are 18 camp sites on Stuart with water and toilets.
Sunday: I would like to catch the 3:45 ferry, but I would also like to see some of the other islands, like Johns and Ripple and then head on down past Roche Harbor and end at SJ Count Park near 12:30. If that isn't enough time to catch that ferry then there is the 6:30pm run.
Costs: The best way to approach this, given that a car is needed to cross over to SJ Cnty Park is to car pool the ferry ride.
Driver, Passenger and two kayaks is about $80. There is a catch if your vehicle and kayak exceed the 7'6" height limit, then it is another $60 - so go and buy a shorter car - just kidding.
Parking at the San Juan County Park is I believe $20 per night. We are there just one night.
Camp ground rate, not sure but I think it should be pretty reasonable - it's camping ( bring some cash ).
Food: We all can figure this out for one dinner together and the days lunches and other snacks are up to the individual.
OK. That is the plan.
Requirements 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 and have your own kayak and gear. 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.
Ferry Costs: Passenger/Walk-on($12.95), Walk-on with Kayak ($32.55), Stowage($19.60), Auto-Driver($60.65), Over-height 7'6"($60.00)
I included this to show that the walk-on with kayak is not that much cheaper than bringing a car. Driver-Passenger-2-kayaks-parking $100, 2-Walk-ons with kayaks $65. $35 divided by 2 = $17.50 more per person.