San Juan Islands from Anacortes

Trip

Sea Kayak - Spencer Spit to Jones Island

An introduction to Kayaking Camping, the focus is on conversation during the evening meals, using a team approach to dinner. Route: Spencer Spit to Jones Island with a day trip along the shores of Orcas Island toward Sucia Island.

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  • Fri, Sep 14, 2018 — Sun, Sep 16, 2018
  • Seattle Sea Kayaking
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Adults
  • *Varies*
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 30.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 3 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: Leisurely to Moderate

Be ready to Launch at 9:30 am, Sept 14th, from Spencer Spit State Park on Lopez Island.  There is a road that you can drive down, to the launch area, near the kayak rental shop.  There is a long term parking area, but a Discovery Pass is required. 

This trip is primarily designed for paddlers who took the basic sea kayaking class this year and have completed their two student paddles and a minimum of one additional paddle.  The paddle is open to other Mountaineer kayakers.  The total distance is around 23 nm, as well as the Saturday day paddle, which will probably be another 10-12 nm.

This is not your typical Sea Kayaking Trip, while we will paddle through some very scenic areas, the primary purpose of the trip is to show you how to camp in style, with a focus of conversation centered around shared evening meals, that consist of Appetizers, Main Course, Dessert and some Adult Beverage.  On Saturday after breakfast, we will paddle along the shores of Orcas Island toward Sucia Island.

What to bring.  You will be responsible for your own water (water is usually available - but not always on the island), tent, sleeping bag, plates etc. Remember to bring something warm to wear in the evening and morning.

There will be a jet boil and a two burner Coleman stove (with grill)  for cooking.  The trip leader will make fresh Vegetarian Fajitas for the Friday main course.  On Saturday morning, the trip leader will make fresh blueberry pancakes for those who want them; you will be on your own for a beverage.

The trip leader will divide the paddlers into two groups, who will then plan the menu and bring food for Friday's evening meal - appetizer, dessert and beverage and Saturday's evening meal (appetizer, main course, dessert and adult beverage).  Expect to have your group assignment about a week ahead of time.

FOOD:

Evening meal-

   Appetizer Ideas - Time to get creative, dried meats & crackers, dip, cheese,       veggies  or whatever.

Main Course Ideas - a medley of potatoes, onions, bell peppers and some type of meat.

Dessert Ideas - Shortcake, brownies, cookies - who knows what the creative kayaker can come up with, no pressure, just something to die for.

Adult Beverage - wine seems to be the beverage of choice on most trips.

TRANSPOORTATION

Carpooling is encouraged.  I would encourage people to come over to Lopez Island on Thursday evening.  If you can't make that work there are two ferries from Anacortes to Lopez Island, one leaves at 6:00 am the other at 6:15 am.

The ferry from Lopez on Sunday leaves at 3:05, 6:15 and 7:35 p.m.  Reservations can't be made, so we need to be in line 1.5 to 2 hours ahead of time.  

A Discovery Pass is need for parking at Spencer Spit State Park.  There is a 12.00 camping fee for Jones Island per night.

I LEAVE FOR A KAYAKING TRIP to CANADA ON Aug. 9TH AND WILL NOT RETURN UNTIL the 24TH.  IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS SEND ME AN EMAIL AND i WILL ANSWER THEM UPon MY RETURN.

 

Route/Place

San Juan Islands from Anacortes



  • Rosario Strait & Bellingham WA001

    Sea Trails Lopez, Blakely, Decatur & Shaw Islands WA002

    NOAA Bellingham to Everett No. 18423

    NOAA Strait of Juan de Fuca to Strait of Georgia No. 18421
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These seven essentials plus The Ten Essentials are required on all sea kayaking trips.  All but the whistle and clothing should be provided with any kayak rental.

  1. Floatation in both ends of the kayak
  2. U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  3. Paddle
  4. Spray skirt
  5. Bilge pump with floatation
  6. Self-rescue paddle float
  7. Waterproof whistle
  8. Appropriate clothing for the conditions encountered seasonally
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