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Sea Kayak - Blake Island

A very relaxing and enjoyable weekend in very good company.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • SEA STATE/WEATHER: WW 0-1’, LITTLE OR NO VARIABLE BREEZE IN A.Ms., N 10KTS ON SAT AFTERNOON,  VISABILITY EXCELLENT

06/03-04/17  –SAT - SUN  SK II+ – BLAKE ISLAND OVERNIGHT. APPROX 6 NM

LEADER: LISA A JOHNSON

PADDLERS: NORA FLEMMING DE SANDOVAL, TERRY JARET

TIDES: 06/03/17: 2.41@@0810, 7.64 @1403, 3.79@1922, 06/04/17: 1.46 @0856, 8.32@1523

SEA STATE/WEATHER: WW 0-1’, LITTLE OR NO VARIABLE BREEZE IN A.Ms., N 10KTS ON SAT AFTERNOON,  VISABILITY EXCELLENT

SIGHTED: EAGLES, LOONS, GBH, PORPOISES, SEALS, RACCOONS 

Terry arrived on the ferry about 15 minutes after Nora and I did in my car. We parked our cars for $5 (cash only) each day at the ferry’s western lot.  We launched from the small beach on the north side adjacent to the Southworth ferry dock at 1015.  After an easy crossing we arrived at the WWTA site’s sandy beach on the NW corner of the island at 1100.  We had the campground to ourselves.  We spent the day mostly sitting around the picnic table, taking with occasional walks here and there for bathroom breaks and to see the wildlife (aka: power boaters) on the other side of the spit.  The raccoons began showing up late in the day and after dark the deer did as we sat around our campfire.  (Note: no wood gathering is permitted at any time on Blake Island).  We slept in on Sunday and after the tide had risen considerably, launched at 1315.  We paddled the 3 miles over to the La Playa Restaurant next to the Vashon Island ferry dock for a late lunch.  The only waves we had were from the ferries and one departing ferry left us a few whirlies to play in on our way across. We pulled up and secured the boats on the concrete boat launch and had a long meal on the outside deck.  We then paddled back to the Southworth ferry dock, arriving late in the afternoon. A power boat stopped by, the boaters telling Nora that humpback whales had been reported in the area.  Though we didn’t see them, we saw porpoises on both days.  We packed up, Terry left for the ferry and Nora and I carpooled back to my house.  A very relaxing and enjoyable weekend in very good company.  Both paddlers performed well with excellent group dynamics.  NOTE: the critter lockers don’t keep out mice….they got the rest of my peanut M&Ms!

 

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