Archive of San Juan Islands

Last Stop in the San Juans – Spencers Spit

on September 3rd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

Spencer Spit, situated on the eastern side of Lopez Island in the San Juan Island chain, is a Washington State Marine Park, which means the area has mooring buoys, beach campsites, and hiking. We’ve never anchored or moored here, so we choose this spot as our days end destination, after…

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Grand Traverse Yacht Club Contingent Overtakes Garrison Bay – San Juan Islands, WA

on September 2nd, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

We left Roche Harbor to go whale watching in Haro Strait, the water was glassy smooth. It would be the last chance for a whale sighting this trip to the PNW – unfortunately it was not meant to be, but we had fun looking. Our next stop was Garrison Bay…

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Roche Harbor – A Boating Mecca

on September 1st, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

In 1845, the quaint waterside marine village of Roche Harbor, on San Juan Island, started out as a trading post for the Hudson Bay Company. By 1857 both the United States and Britain were claiming the San Juan Islands as their territories, based on a dispute over the western border…

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Hiking on Sucia Island to See Caves, Rock Formations and Beautiful Pacific Madrona Trees

on August 30th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

Leaving Friday Harbor behind us we cruised to Sucia Island, a Washington State Park sitting in the San Juan Islands at the base of Strait of Georgia, only 3.5 miles from the Canadian border. Our 16-mile ride, from Friday Harbor, was short and uneventful, however during the last few miles…

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Reunion in Friday Harbor with Willy’s Tug and Circle T

on August 27th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound, San Juan Islands by | Comments

Friday Harbor is a picturesque town and the largest small town in the San Juan Islands; you could say it’s the hub of commerce for the islands. This was our third time staying in the harbor. It has been said that the boating community is a small world, our slip just…

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Toodle-oo Canada

on August 26th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Gulf Islands, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

We left Vancouver Island in our wake as we bid Canada goodbye, with our bow now pointed toward Haro Straight, we began to feel the pull of our country drawing us back to familiar shores after the close of a long-planned boating adventure. It was late in the day when…

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Positioning Ourselves In Prevost Harbor Off Stuart Island

on July 22nd, 2013 in CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

From Anacortes we headed straight to the northern end of the San Juan Islands to spend one night on the hook in Prevost Harbor before we checked in at customs in Bedwell Harbor, British Columbia. Stuart Island was just south of  Boundary Pass and Bedwell Harbor and just short of a heavy…

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Preparing, Packing and Planning…

on June 17th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Gulf Islands, INLAND LAKES:, Oregon, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, Seattle by | Comments

After spending this past winter holed up at home in northern Michigan remodeling our kitchen, we feel we’re more than ready for some new cruising adventure, so we are preparing, planning and packing to head west soon to begin another fun boating season. First we’ll visit the Flaming Gorge Reservoir…

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Unusual Encounters

on September 6th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

Not long after we set the hook for a peaceful night at anchor in Oak Bay along comes this racing skull with mostly women aboard. I think we provided some amusement as they had a ton of questions about the “cute tug boat.” We knew they were a friendly and…

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Sharing Homemade Island Blackberry Pie with Friends on Lopez Island

on September 5th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

Nothing can be sweeter than a slice of homemade island blackberry pie, unless it’s being able to connect with good friends who live on Lopez Island. When we were making plans to revisit the PNW again this year we immediately let our friends Dave and Judy know we were coming….

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A Big Welcome to Roche Harbor

on September 5th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

Succcess! After two nights on anchor in Garrison Bay we called Roche Harbor Marina early Sunday morning and were put on the waiting list. We only waited a half hour or so before they called us in. The busy harbor was in stark contrast to our previous night’s surroundings. With…

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Customer Appreciation Party

on September 4th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

On our way to the Roche Harbor Customer Appreciation festivities. Apparently, if you are in Roche Harbor on this special day you are invited to this amazing party. Your choice of many fine wines, tasty seafood sandwiches and live band were the highlights of this party, all put on to…

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Peaceful Nights – Garrison Bay, San Juan Island

on September 3rd, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

We left Friday Harbor this morning after a quick walk through town. We wanted to get into Roche Harbor today but knew it would be full for the Labor Day holiday weekend, so Jim looked up anchorages in this area on Active Captain and came up with Garrison Bay as…

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Friday… in Friday Harbor

on September 2nd, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

On our way into the San Juan Islands, we cruised by Olga, on Orca Island. So many people had recommended this little village as a great place to stop. If we have time we might return here and stay a night, but right now we’re headed to one of our…

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