Here in the dark, rainy, cold Northwest we have nothing better to do than sit inside and plan for the summer (ok, it's not really that bad...but gloomy anyway). I've been looking at some books I checked out from the public library, searching for some super cool paddling opportunities in Washington state (or Oregon).
I'm gonna start this spring/summer/fall by focusing mainly on Washington flat water, tidal flat water, and class 1 rivers (and lakes). Here's the list so far. Any suggestions?
North Puget Sound:
Dakota Creek/California Creek
South Puget Sound:
Snohomish River Sloughs
Snoqualmie River (parts)
Sammamish River (did it last year but accidentally deleted all of the pics)
Green River (parts)
Nisqually River Delta/McAlister Creek
Hoquiam River: East and West Forks
Little Hoquiam River
Chehalis River (parts)/Sloughs
Quillayute R/Lower Dickey R
Strait of Juan de Fuca (parts)
Willapa River and Sloughs
Palix R/North R/Smith Creek
Grays River/Seal Slough
Yakima River Canyon
Hutchinson and Shiner Lakes
Columbia River (parts)
Walla Walla River
Spokane River (parts)
Little Spokane River
Little Pend Orieille River
Kettle River (parts)
Originally posted by Everyone's Travel Club March 16th, 2010.
Ahoy! Everyone's Travel Club returns to Seattle! Last Saturday I took a quick trip from one Seattle park on the Puget Sound (salt water and tides) to another - Golden Gardens
. It was cold. It was windy. I found a great way to save money while owning a sailboat!
Golden Gardens...not too Golden today...Brrrr.
What do we have here?
Almost sunken ship!
Here's a great little kayak entrance to Carkeek...Time to deflate...I made it! The trip took about 45 mins with the wind was at my back [and who knows what the tide was doing].
The Olympic Mountains from Golden Gardens the next day. No wind. Warm. Low tide...Maybe I should have waited...
See, you can save money and own a sailboat:) [except the cost of removal...which goes to the owner...oops]
We're still moving a few posts from our old site over here...this one was from way back - originally posted on March 6th, 2010. This was right when we got our first kayak and way before we moved aboard Kingsley. Did we know what we were talking about? Barely! It's fun to look back even a couple of years and see how far we've paddled and how much we've learned!
Good Saturday to everyone,
This morning Amber had a dentist appointment...her dentist just happens to be on the waterfront, just minutes from a popular Seattle beach on the Puget Sound - Golden Gardens. This also turned out to be a great place to launch the kayak for a couple hours of paddling...which turned into a couple hours of just sitting and watching all of the boats.
According to a dude on the beach, every Saturday morning there is a sweet sailboat race going on out in the Sound. Lots of folks come to the beach to sit and watch the sailboats rounding the green buoy, turning back South towards downtown and the Elliot Bay marina (I'm guessing where another other buoy is). Hmmm...does the Yacht Club of Seattle put this on? Here is a link just in case: http://www.seattleyachtclub.org
The best part about the inflatable kayaks we have is that it is so easy to pack them up and throw them into the trunk of a car. I've got my setup down to about 10 minutes - it's really about inflating the thing, putting the four-part oar together, and putting the leftover gear in the backpack.
So, off I went, heading out towards the green buoy, snapping photos like crazy.
While it was supposedly snowing all around the city yesterday it looked like this at Golden Gardens in Seattle. Very, very, golden.
~Paul, Amber ETC
Well, we had the kayaks packed and ready to paddle Rattlesnake lake but ended up just hiking up to the ledge. If you haven't hiked it before it is a nice trail, in North Bend which is pretty close to Seattle (click here
for Google Map), dogs are allowed, you're up and back in 2 hours tops, great view, and nice lake at the bottom for folks to hang around if they don't want to make the trek. We played around at the bottom first -
Up we go.
(above) Mount Si across the valley.
Boom, done (or, rather, halfway done since we've got to hike back down!).
~Paul, Micah, Joe ETC
It turns out that the Northwest polar bear plunger is not as elusive as the Northwest sea caroler
. We could see smoke signals and hear them from s/v Kingsley on New year's morning...so off I paddled to check it out.
It was actually the perfect kayaking day - fairly warm (50) with no wind on the Sound.
It begins! It (quickly) ends. ~Paul ETC
Everyone's Travel Club left the city and took a little trip up North, mainly just to drive around aimlessly on a sunny winter day. We followed the sun (seriously - we looked west from Bellingham and saw that it was sunny, so we went that way) to little Samish Island (map
The island really isn't an island, more like a peninsula. It's small and pretty quiet with a few camps that operate in nicer weather, a few churches, one B & B, some vacation rentals, and a small whiskey distillery. I can't say there is even a restaurant, coffee shop, and definitely not a gas station...but...beautiful.
We'll definitely be back, with kayaks...
~Paul & Amber ETC