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Tour De Islands Tour # 2 Shaw island of the San Juans

Ok Here we go Spring time, time to get into shape and enjoy our beautiful waterways and our scenic Islands. Welcome to Tour De-Islands this is a series of many long and short sea kayaking trips that I plan to lead here in the greater Puget Sound Region. Last year I thought I’d begin a simple project of circumnavigating all of our wonder beautiful Islands. Well long story short I quickly realized that there are many more out here then I’d thought. Now I’d like to finish the journey with your help. I’d done over half of these but now it’s time to work on the rest. This time I’d like to expand my trips into more 2 day variety’s. So I’m offering the thrill of a life time, Let’s have exciting weekend adventures, learn more paddling skills, navigational and tidal skills, increase your confident levels, learn how to make the right judgment calls, Enjoy what our Puget Sound has to offer , have relaxing paddles, incredible scenery, lots of bonfires and camp outs, many awesome birds and wildlife and of course the good nature of having a great group of people to enjoy your time with along with fond memory’s. There are many Islands in the Puget Sound ranging from 30 min circumnavigation to a 5 day one‘s. With single day trips or even multiple day camp outs . Not counting via a map on hand but I can think of about twenty trips that I plan to do. The 4-5 day Whitby is the big one, and Hat Island or hope Island would be the small ones. Even the smaller Islands can be done quick and fast but with good company and a camp fires make it a memory. Most of these tours are advance level trips due to heavy currents, open ocean crossings, cold water, tides/currents/weather and of course energy levels of excitement used. However I also plan to unleash plenty of shorter day trips as well. With all do respect I’d like to say that I’m not a kayaking instructor, I’m not a expert or pro, I believe that I’m a advanced level kayaker with enough paddling experience and solid judgment that I can offer. In that regards I’d like to say that I’m here to plan out various kayaking trips that will be easy or hard, I will make judgment calls on skill levels that are required on all trips. It is up to YOU the individual to know your skill ability’s whether it be kayaking skills or your mental physical, or even emotional skills. I’m here to assist you and for all of us to enjoy our planned out trips, not to baby-sit a beginner (SKI level) kayaker on a (SKIII level) Advanced trip. You could easily place yourself in great danger or your other fellow kayaker in serious jeopardy. These are the Sea kayakers levels SK-1 First time paddle just stay in your boat with out falling out. SK-II Beginner, easy day trips, less then 12 miles staying close to shore, insignificant current, wind, wave SK-III Intermediate, longer day trips more then 12 miles, Open ocean crossing of 2-3 miles, strong eddy’s, wind, waves, current up to 2 knots. SK-IV Advanced, long days, open ocean crossing 3-6 miles, Stronger eddy’s, rip’s tides, 15-20 mph wind, big waves. SK-V PRO, Possible fatality I will rate each trip on the above classification. Please respect these levels , a simple SK-III trip can turn into disaster if a SK-I kayaker lied about his skill level then caused a serious mishap to a fellow kayaker while being rescued. Honor system is a serious business in these meet-up groups so please be honest about your skill levels. Skill levels required: Basic boat handling skills High/ low Bracing skills Kayak roll (Eskimo)or a self- rescue Assisting rescues confident and strong judgment calls Must have Equipment : Sea kayak/paddle Spray skirt Dry or wet-suit Pump Life vest 10-essentials Whistle or radio Tour #2 Shaw Island Class SK-III 2 days 1 night Its June and time to hit the San Jauns before the tour operators over run the place. I'd like to meet or carpool to Anacortes ferry for the 6:20 crossing. Arrive at Lopez and drive to Odin county park, pay for launch and parking. Our tides are awesome we head out cross the Upright Channel towards Canoe Island. We'll head clockwise around the island the Guide books clock it at 15 miles total but when I go I tend to do loopy loo's. For the more interjectic people like myself we'll have the chance to do an extension of the trip. We can stay as a group for the first 10 miles which is the southern half of the Island. From this point one group can relax and treasure hunt on the beach While the others can zoom off and explore Wasp Islands, Reef and Crane Islands then reconnect with the group and head towards bell Island then on to Blind Island. Here is where our wonderful WTA has set us up with some camp sites on a small 3 acre Island. In the morning we can continue on around Pt. hudson and back to Odlin County park This trip has some mileage on it for the first day. More if you should follow my route approx 20-22miles but we have lots of time to do it and we have currents helping us. If you don't want to push that hard then you will be looking at 13 miles. Plan on one camp out, water is no available so we must pack it in. Pack our own food We can carpool split costs and even share tents. I can pack some presto logs to start our fire. Weather should be good it is early summer. Please call for questions and answers, or just E-mail. Please lets talk before just showing up and wanting to go. I'd like to chat abit before a trip like this. Eric S. [masked]

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  • Chris W.

    this was a great trip. Eric and Mike are great guys and we all got along very despite being strangers. The Kayaking was fairly easy and the conditions were perfect with sunbreaks, low wind, favorable currents, everything.

    Eric did a great job with planning and logistics.

    Yellow Island where we stopped on saturday for lunch was a fantastic spot. Likely one of the few islands in all the San Juans to have nearly 100% native vegetaion. It is cared for by the Nature Conservancy.

    Blind Island where we camped was in contrast an old homestead site and had tons of non-natives and some invasives on it. That didnt stop the humming Birds for Loving the place. Easily 30 humming birds on the tiny islands, dive bombing us to display for mates. It was sweet.

    If you have the chance, plan to circle shaw island this summer!

    June 18, 2010

  • Michael C.

    Absolutely beautiful, and perfect sunny skies on Sound-blue waters. Here is something we discussed while paddling: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxRRlrOqqK8 (Hobie Trifoiler!)

    June 6, 2010

  • Eric S.

    Perfect,
    What a great Spring trip the best sunny day we've had all season and it was on the day of our trip.
    Three of us circumnavigated Shaw Island on two different courses. One longer then the other, while the longer trip was being made the others got to hike around Yellow Island preserve and even take short naps.
    Shorter route was done with 17 miles by Michael and Chris and they made it to Blind Island around 2:30PM. Here is where they battled it out and won a camp site over 50+ Rufous hummingbirds.
    I showed up later after paddling the longer route 27 miles ( Bagging Islands ).
    We Had a wonderful evening took nap’s and enjoyed the warm sun, we burn a great fire and watched the sunset.
    The morning weather turned on us a little bit, small sprinkles but still warm quite and perfectly smooth water just like it was the day before.
    Total trip was 20 miles for the short and 31 for the longer route and a total of 17 Islands that were navigated.

    Thanks for the great trip.
    Eric S.

    June 6, 2010

  • Michael C.

    P&R at 164th in Lynnwood at 4:30 am, see you there.

    June 4, 2010

  • Chris W.

    Eric, just gave you a call. I assume you mean the PR at 164th in Lynnwood. Sounds like a great place to met. See you early tomorrow.

    June 4, 2010

  • Eric S.

    Hey Chris, Can you meet at the 164th street P&R at say 4:30 that gives us tie up time and still get to the ferry 15min before departure. Weather looks good now.

    June 4, 2010

  • Chris W.

    oh i didnt know your rack holds three....where to met? I live in norht seattle

    June 4, 2010

  • Michael C.

    Its a lot more to take a car, my rack holds 3 kayaks. Let's just all load in my car and take all three kayaks the full way. (No kayak stacking neccessary)

    June 4, 2010

  • Chris W.

    It is $10/day to park at the ferry terminal. Not a big deal but if its only a bit more to take my car that may be alot easier.

    June 4, 2010

  • Eric S.

    Hey thats Great Chris that'll work.
    I'm not sure about parking at the ferry landing but I just built an Elevator in town and they should have good overnight parking there.
    Call me tonight or morning and we can figuire it out.

    June 4, 2010

  • Chris W.

    My plan is to meet you two at the ferry. Rigging three boats onto one car on the highway sounds like a bad idea, perhaps ok for just a short trip across the island.

    June 4, 2010

  • Eric S.

    Hey Michael, Sounds like your rack is more adjustable, Can you meet at the 164th street P&R at say 4:30 that gives us tie up time and still get to the ferry 15min before departure.
    Weather looks good now.
    I'm still waiting to here from Chris.

    June 4, 2010

  • Chris W.

    The forecast today suggest the heavier weather on the 4th and clearing the 5th into a nice day the 6th. I'm still down.

    June 3, 2010

  • Eric S.

    Sure Michael, we have to watch the weather the wind and rain is hitting hard on friday.

    June 2, 2010

  • Eric S.

    Hey Everyone,
    Ok the weather is not the best but still I'm ready It's always fun. And we won't have to worry about looking for open camp sites.
    Were looking at rain on and off on Sat and good for Sunday.
    Who needs to share tents?
    Any one need anything?
    My car can take two kayaks any one want to carpool?
    We need to leave the area early so we can catch the 6:20 ferry which means to leave my house South Everett at 4:45 am for a 65mile drive. Early bird catchs the worm.

    June 1, 2010

  • Eric S.

    Currents??????
    The Current Atlas that I use show a incomming tide of only 2.5 feet and an out going tide of 2.5 feet on Saturday. These tide exchanges are small we average 8-14 feet here in the northwest.
    On sunday they are 4 feet in the morning against us as we paddle 4 miles most of which is going to be close to shore. Even doing the final crossing with a 4 foot exchange shouldn't take more then 30 min paddle.
    This is why I chose this weekend for the trip.
    Cheers

    May 28, 2010

  • Rob I

    photos: SWEET! now THAT'S what im talkin about - you get 2 thumbs up as a planner from me!!

    May 28, 2010

  • Chris W.

    I will certainly stake out our claim to a campsite for the group.

    May 28, 2010

  • Eric S.

    Hey I added some photos of the short route, and that red line is 17.5 miles total. I think the long route around 15 islands will add 10+ miles.

    May 28, 2010

  • Rob I

    can you post a map of all this?

    May 28, 2010

  • Eric S.

    Hey Chris can you secure our camp site?

    May 27, 2010

  • Eric S.

    With 4 miles to paddle in the morning I was hoping to catch the 1:40 ferry.

    May 27, 2010

  • Audra

    What time will we be back Sunday?

    May 27, 2010

  • Chris W.

    I am looking to be part of the lower milage group that heads straight to Blind Island. I'm Excited!

    May 27, 2010

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