San Juans trip July 26-28- experience req'd - Saddleback & Cypress Islands

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South Everett Park & Ride

1225 112th St SE · Everett, WA

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Look for my black ForeRunner with the kayaks

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San Juans overnight kayak camping trip. With a 6:00pm launch so that we can cross as the water slowly speeds back up after the slack. This is a trip that will have some of the shorter crossings we'll do. We will be paddling from Guemes Ferry Launch in Anacortes to Saddleback Island and camping there. The island is near the SE end of Guemes Island, it is about a 30-45 minute paddle if things go easy, an hour or two if we screw up.. You'll need to wear either a wetsuit or a drysuit.

Of the trips I do in the San Juans, these routes are probably more suited to not quite beginners, you need to have practiced and succeeded with your safety skills, self rescue, but your experience can be pretty limited. If you didn't do one of the safety skills checkouts we had last year and want to do this trip send me an email or phone and we'll work out a time/date to get it done before the trip. The following trip is rated SK1+/SK2, see descriptions at this link: [url=]

Let me know in your RSVP if you need to borrow.

[url=] I will bring a group cook kit I will bring one stove, several others of you said you could bring one as well, so bring it - thanks. What to bring: A sense of humor and plenty of energy The stuff for the meal you're making for the group, Headlamp, Water in a container - the island doesn't have any fresh water TP - the island has an outhouse, sometimes it runs out.

Dishes and utensils to eat and drink, clothes to stay warm and dry, Drysacks for your stuff, especially for your clothes and sleeping bag - I have a few to loan let me know if you need one. Typical camping stuff - Tent, pad, sleeping bag, toiletries, several changes of clothes

Who is in which kayak: -

Saul's kayaks

Necky Green Amuruk Tandem - Saul
Necky Green Amuruk Tandem - Mateo
Necky Yellow Amuruk Tandem - Kim Z and Friend
Mo - Aqua Necky Single - Mo
Dan H - Single - I need to figure out which one.

Own Kayaks
Amy H; Patrick Drum; Michael Silence; Slaught er

Meals - we will do group meals for Friday Dinner, Saturday Breakfast, Saturday Dinner, Sunday Breakfast and Sunday Lunch. Meal teams as follow:
Friday dinner: chicken stir fry, Red Wine: Saul; Matteo; Dan

Saturday Dinner: (Seared Ahi Fish tacos, Cheese Tortelini with Chantrelles and Pesto, Red Wine, White Wine) Saul - Ahi, wraps, dressing, sesame oil, chantrelles tortellini, pesto, Dan 1 red wine, 1 white wine. Dan- 2 tomatoes, 1 onion, 1 bottle of white wine. Matteo - shredded cheese, head of cabbage Team : Saul; Matteo; Dan

Sunday Breakfast (Omelletes in a bag, oatmeal with fruit, coffee) ; Eggs, cheese, Onion,oatmeal, fruit, tomato, freezer ziplock bags. Amy H - coffee, cream, honey, . Team:Saul; Amy H; Matteo

Sunday Lunch - paddle stop on south Guemes Patrick Drum ; Dan; Michael Silence: Slaught er; Mo

So contact your team members and work out a menu plan ;-) Thanks - Saul

Paddling Times:

Friday - Launch Guemes Ferry beach 6:00pm arrive Saddleback 7:30pm[masked] Fri 4:47 PM PDT -0.5 knots Max Ebb[masked] Fri 7:15 PM PDT 0.0 knots Slack, Flood Begins[masked] Fri 8:56 PM PDT Sunset[masked] Fri 9:45 PM PDT 0.5 knots Max Flood

Saturday - Launch 8:00 am arrive Cypress Head on Cypress at 2pm, we'll be fighting the flood in Bellingham Channel, we'll want to camp on the south side to avoid the morning crazyness on Sunday as the current funnels past the head.
[masked] Sat 9:06 AM PDT 0.0 knots Slack, Flood Begins[masked] Sat 12:19 PM PDT 1.0 knots Max Flood[masked] Sat 3:44 PM PDT -0.0 knots Slack, Ebb Begins

Sunday - paddle back - Launch 8am arrive Guemes Ferry Beach noon - lunch stop will be at the Blueberry farm in Marysville on our way home. - exact route will depend on wind conditions, the tidal currents are strong this weekend. Floods under 1 knot, ebbs near 3 knots.
[masked] Sun 5:27 AM PDT -3.0 knots Max Ebb[masked] Sun 5:39 AM PDT Sunrise[masked] Sun 9:49 AM PDT 0.0 knots Slack, Flood Begins[masked] Sun 1:26 PM PDT 1.5 knots Max Flood

Tidal Currents:
Bellingham Channel, off Cypress Island, Light of, Washington Current

Guemes Channel, West entrance of, Washington Current