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My fiance, Natalie, has been blogging about our summer sailing adventure over at The West County Bramble. We were out on the boat for 5 months cruising around the San Juan Islands in northern Washington State.

The image above is the Doe Bay store on Orcas Island, one of our favorite spots. (The food in the Doe Bay Cafe is delicious as are the cocktails.) Read the rest of the post for more images or see the posts in full over at the The Bramble.

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This summer we sailed beautiful little Jones Island in the San Juan Islands. We fed tame deer, saw snakes, and generally had a nice time. My fiance Natalie covers it nicely in two parts (Part 1 and Part 2) on her excellence blog, The West County Bramble.

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Orcas Island, WA. West County Explorers Club
This is the dock off the little hamlet of Olga on Orcas Island, Washington. We had mail sent there general delivery because the post office is across the street from the water. That’s our boat, Carmana, at the end of the dock.

As we walked to shore we saw a sign declaring that the dock was slated for winter removal three days before. That would have meant dropping anchor in the rain. Not terrible but not exactly fun. Glad they were late. Being able to tie up to the dock just made things easy. It’s the little things…

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Photo: Natalie Menacho

These are photos of some of my favorite moments, so far, from our trip around the San Juan and Gulf Islands this summer. Click any photo for a larger view. I hope you enjoy them. Read the rest of this entry »

Sometimes it’s nice to just sit and just watch planes take off. We did just that a few weeks ago at Roche Harbor Airfield on Washington’s San Juan island, while picking blackberries at the side of the runway, of course.

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Being at sea doesn’t mean you have to give up on off-road fun. This boat we spotted in Friday Harbor had their knobby-tired scooter strapped to their stern.

Of course there are other ship-to-shore options. A boat we spotted in Roche Harbor brought along its own helicopter.

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If you happen to be on Orcas Island in the San Juans this week, check out Pop-Up Print Shop. It’s a pop-up silkscreen shop that sells t-shirts and prints on paper.

Most of the designs are mash-ups of vintage, royalty-free, line art. It’s good stuff and the shop is only open another week.

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I spotted this Kawasaki KLR 650 in Roche Harbor, Washington, yesterday.

Earlier this year I posted about what great value this bike is for your adventure dollar. This one looks nicely equipped fairing, tank bag, and a pelican case. It’s nice to see these bikes out in the wild getting ridden.


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In case you’re traveling in the Pacific Northwest, I made a ferry map you may find useful. It shows routes for the two major ferry systems: the BC Ferry (blue routes), the Washington State Ferry (green routes), as well as the Victoria Clipper (red routes) and Coho (black route) ferries. All ferries accept cars and motorcycles, except for the Victoria Clipper, a high-speed ferry, which carries passenger only.

Seaplanes are another option. They fly pretty much everywhere. Kenmore Air is the biggest operator. NW Seaplanes is close behind. Saltspring Air flies within the Gulf Islands.

Note: the BC Ferry travels throughout British Columbia. I’m only showing their Gulf Island routes on this map. Also, if there’s anything on this map that I missed, please let me know.

Thanks!

Correction: A previous version of this map showed a Victoria Clipper route from Friday Harbor to Victoria. The route does not exist.

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Natalie walking on Turn Island near Friday Harbor.

If you’re regular reader of this blog, you may know that WCXC has taken to the water. We’re spending the summer and fall exploring the Pacific Northwest by sea. We’re sailing around the San Juan Islands in Washington State and the Gulf Islands in Canada.

I’ve gotten pretty behind in posting about the trip but my girlfriend, Natalie, has been posting about our travels on her lovely blog, The West County Bramble.

Here are some recent posts of hers you might like:

Wooden Boats! – Our trip to Seattle’s Wooden Boat Festival

Hurray for Birthdays! – We took a trip aboard the Virginia V to Bainbridge for Natalie’s birthday.

A Beautiful Sound. – We moor our boat in downtown Seattle for the afternoon, go swimming in Lake Union, then head out Bainbridge Island on our own.

I’ll post more about our trip but I hope you’ll enjoy Natalie’s post as well.

Happy travels,

Nik