-Paul & John ETC
The club knocked out another little paddle - from Richmond Beach to Edmonds Washington (and back). The paddle is about one to two leisurely hours one-way. It's nice to start at Richmond Beach in Shoreline and head north - that way you can stop for refreshments halfway when you get to Edmonds. Once you arrive there is a great public beach, dog park, bathrooms, the Edmonds marina (pictured at the end of this post), restaurants, ice cream (mmm ice cream), and more. Watch the tides/wind - it took us almost two hours to get there and only 45 mins to an hour to get back (without almost no wind). The paddle takes you through my favorite photogenic asphalt plant on the water at Point Wells. Check out these pics and our previous post on the area!
-Paul & John ETC
In our last post I kayaked from Carkeek Park in North Seattle to Richmond Beach in Shoreline. I actually went back to Richmond Beach the next day - it's great - and captured a few more pics and some video. Enjoy!
P.S. I don't kiteboard...yet...
Let the summer adventures begin! First trip: Carkeek Park in North Seattle to Richmond Beach in Shoreline. The trip took about 2 hours (one-way) in my inflatable kayak (leisurely...very leisurely). It was pretty still on the water (at the beginning at least) and high/slack tide when I left. I saw a small pod of harbor porpoises and a few trains (the train tracks run along the shore).
Richmond Beach is the next beach from Carkeek heading North. You'll know you're close when you notice some old pier pilings South of the park, out in the water, these are from the early 20th century! Workers once tied barges up to these pilings to haul sand a gravel from Richmond Beach. Some of the early buildings in Seattle are made of concrete made from this very sand and gravel (I read all of that on a sign at the park).
You'll know you're back at Carkeek when you see the railroad pedestrian overpass. It was a pretty easy paddle, if you go just check the tides and wind. I wore my new drysuit - you won't last long if you fall in and can't get back in your boat. I actually went back to Carkeek later that night and got the pics below...purdy.