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Chuckanut Bay

  • Sat, Jul 19, 2014
  • Chuckanut Bay
  • Sea Kayaking

We launched from Wildcat Cove at Larrabee State Park and paddled to Chuckanut Bay and back. It was a beautiful day to be on the water: temperature was 75-80 degrees, wind and waves were mild, and currents were weak. We followed the shore as we paddled north to Governors Point at the south entrance to Chuckanut Bay. From there, we paddled to the NE side of Chuckanut Island for a brief rest stop. Next we headed to the cove adjacent to Clarks Point at the north end of the bay to observe the geological offerings in the sandstone. We also practiced wet exits, self and assisted rescues, and played in the protected waters of the cove. We then ate lunch on the beach; afterwards we paddled back to Wildcat Cove to conclude our outing. Total time of the paddle was approximately 5.5 hours. We saw many seals, birds (including bald eagles)and some of vanishing purple star fish. Afterwards, some of the group stopped at the Rhody Café in Bow for an après-paddle meal. We had several students graduate as this was their second paddle and everyone declared it a great time!