New Meetup: Mar 26-28 Orcas play weekend - kayak, bike, run, hike or just relax as you like

From: Saul_K
Sent on: Thursday, January 21, 2010 7:39 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Seattle Area Sea Kayaking Meetup Group!

What: Mar 26-28 Orcas play weekend - kayak, bike, run, hike or just relax as you like

When: Friday, March 26,[masked]:00 PM

Anacortes Ferry Terminal
2100 Ferry Terminal Rd
Anacortes, WA 98221

This is one of my winter escapes to the San Juans with the outdoor toys for a little R&R trips. While we are using the Yes, Maybe or No on the RSVP's to indicate interest, the actual thing that determines if you get a space is your deposit check. While I will try to add more cabins if their is enough interest, once the trip is full based on deposit checks, I will change the RSVP's to "No" for everyone else. I have multiple cabins reserved, Retreat house and Agni at Doe Bay Resort for both Friday and Saturday nights and will add another one if needed. Rooms are a mix of bunk style and double beds, so if you aren't bringing a partner and want to make sure your personal space is defined, bring a sleeping bag as the their aren't very many single bunks. For those that want a single bunk, you will be assigned to either Agni or the living room on a thermarest, or possibly the group room, since costs are figured on double occupancy, and those are the only spots with single bunks instead of Queen beds. If you are part of a couple let me know so I can assign you an appropriate room. Retreat House will be our group meal cooking cabin and has a view of the water. Agni is up the hill and across the field from Retreat House.

Carpooling - I'll leave downtown at 2pm and leave my house at 3:30pm, so if you want to ride with me, let me know.

I expect the cost to be about $90-$110 total for the two nights per person including lodging and the cost of my bringing the kayaks on my roof.

Deposit checks are non refundable and are for $60 sent to my PO Box: Saul Kinderis, PO box 2221 , Bothell, Wa 98041

Food is group meals and we each get assigned a meal or two to buy food for and prepare.

While the cabins have cookware, plates, bowls and utensils with this big of a group we will probably run out, so bring a plate, a fork, spoon and cup. The cabins are scenic and very clean but rustic.

Everyone should bring their hiking boots or running shoes as well as bikes and kayaks and I'll will bring some extra kayaks as well. Paddling will probably have to be in groups of 10 or less as the overheight or overlength charges on the ferry are quite spendy, If you can carry kayaks on your roof rack let me know as it will simplify logistics.
We'll do group meals, taking turns cooking.

It's a beautiful, relaxing place and two of our cabins are right next to the water. You can come outside and play or bring a good book and sit by the window or in the hot tubs. I'll post carpool and specific ferry information and update the meeting time as we get closer to the day.

We'll probably shoot for the 6:00pm and 9:30pm ferries for most of the group. It's about a one hour ferry ride and about 45 minute drive to Doe Bay from the Orcas ferry terminal. Their is pay parking at the lot if you want to drive up and then walk on and catch a ride with others. It usually takes a little over two hours to get from Seattle to Anacortes on a Friday and if you cut it too close they may not load you. That means leave by 3:30 for the 6:00 and by 7:15 for the 9:30.

If you want to catch a later ferry than the group but don't want to bring your car, let me know and I'll pick you up from the Orcas dock.

Some things to remember to pack:
outdoor gear and sports equipment
plate,bowl,spoon,fork and cup - since we'll probably run out
earplugs - with a group this big, someone is bound to snore
sleeping bag if you're not used to shared beds
book to read
board games
food for the meal that you're listed as being responsible for in the list above
your favorite beverage
headlamp or flashlight - as one of the cabins as well as the tubs and sauna are off through the woods a bit
sense of adventure
sense of humor ;-)

I will assign meals to all of the Yes RSVP's, any Maybe's that show will get assigned on arrival.
I made room assignments based on when I received deposits and how likely people seemed to be coming. Everyone got their own bed except for the people in Retreat House LR, they need to bring pads and sleeping bags.
Agni has 2 bunks and 1 big bed for 3 beds per room, Retreat house has 2 bedrooms and one big sleeping room, I've assigned overflow people to the Living Room so bring a pad and a bag if you have that assignment. I expect that we will still have a few more changes during the week, so some Living Room people may get upgraded ;-)

Cabin and meal assignments, we still have room for 3-4 more people - I haven't been by my PO Box yet. Assuming that I've received checks, here are the assignments:

Name Group Room Meal1 Meal 2 Carpool Time Paid
Sandie SSK Retreat House Up Fri Dnr Sat Dnr 3:30
Audra SSK Retreat House Up Fri Dnr Sat bkfst Noon
Bernie SSK Agni B2 Sat bkfst Sat lunch 3:[masked]
Chris Maxfield SSK Retreat House Up Fri Dnr Sun Bkfst Noon 60.00
Ed Heyman SSK Agni B1 Fri Dnr Sat Dnr 3:[masked]
Eric Sarchet SSK Retreat House Up Sat Dnr 3:[masked]
John Anholm None Agni B1 Fri Dnr Sat Dnr 3:[masked]
KhanH SSK Agni B1 Sat lunch 3:[masked]
Marielle SSK Retreat House B2 Sat lunch 3:30
Maybe-Peter GUGO Retreat House LR 3:30
Maybe-Peter SSK Retreat House LR 3:30
Michael Dinsmore GUGO Retreat House B2 Sat lunch 3:[masked]
Saul SSK Retreat House B1 Fri Dnr Sat bkfst 3:30
Shane GUGO Agni B2 Sat lunch Sat Dnr 3:[masked]
Steve T SSK Agni B2 Sat lunch Sat Dnr 3:30
Sue Froescher SSK Retreat House Up Fri Dnr Sat bkfst 3:30
WC Wanda GUGO Retreat House Up Sat bkfst Sun Bkfst 3:[masked]

You should email your meal team members to work out menus. We have several vegetarians, and one vegan that I am aware of. That means meat dishes are out, unless you add meat at a last step for a partial batch. It also means no animal products like butter, cheese or eggs (unless you make some type of a split batch, some with some without). I've heard that Bulgarians don't know how to cook without cream ;-), I'll guess we'll find out this weekend ;-).
If you stick to cooking with vegetables and oils made from plants you should be fine, lentil dishes are pretty common as are soy dishes, it's fun to learn new ways to cook. If you need my help in meal planning give me a call or email me.
cell:[masked] or [address removed]

Misc notes so Saul can remember what cabins he has reserved and paid deposits for (total deposits by Saul so far are approx $620):
Reserved cabins are: , Retreat House $490/nt covers first 10 people(holds up to 24) , and Agni $130/nt covers first 2 people (holds up to 8) extra $20 per night per person.
Retreat House has 2 bedrooms + a huge sleeping room with 8 beds in it.
Agni can sleep 6 in their own beds or 8 if Queen beds hold two, 2 bedrooms with one queen and two bunks each.
Cypress, Children and Lower Satva were canceled on Sept 29 at 1pm when I added Retreat House since it gave us more beds for less money, which should allow more people to not have to double up if they don't want to and also allows everyone to stay in a place with plumbing and eliminate night time hikes to the toilets. We will have 3-4 rooms that have enough privacy for couples, the rest have more than one bed in them.

see you there- yeah!!!

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