View of the sunset from Parks Bay.

The Tranquil Island of the San Juans – Gunkholing Shaw Island

Shaw Island is the geographic center of the San Juan Islands and is 7.7 square miles with a permanent population of about 150, which better than doubles in the summer. Shaw Island doesn’t have the busyness of Friday Harbor or the energy of Roche Harbor on San Juan Island, the elegance of Rosario on Orcas…

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Landon’s Cruising Report – The Story of Sointula

Landon’s Cruising Report – The Story of Sointula Sointula was settled by Finnish immigrants, evident by the colorful homes, flower gardens, and unique wood fences and old barns in the area. Everyone seems to be on island time, no one’s in a hurry and people wave as they pass by; you might even see chickens crossing…

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Boats at the marina at Malcom Island Lions Harbour Authority.

Landon’s Cruising Report – Native Culture, the Modern Way

Landon’s Cruising Report – Native Culture, the Modern Way The winds were howling around Cape Caution during our stay at Duncanby in Rivers Inlet.  Gale force winds were so strong that they reached into Rivers Inlet where we clocked 50-knot winds; the wind blew water from the surface of the waves, sending spray sideways like rain…

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Deck and fire pit at Duncanby Lodge and Marina.

Landon’s Cruising Report – Gone Fishing

Landon’s Cruising Report – Gone Fishing After finishing our northern circuit, the time had arrived to turn south and continue our research in The Broughtons, Johnston Strait, and Desolation Sound. Rounding Cape Caution, however, would have to wait for a couple of days due to Gale Force conditions with winds between 35 and 45 knots,…

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Landon’s Cruising Report – Welcome Surprises

Landon’s Cruising Report – Welcome Surprises We departed beautiful Fury Cove on the southwest side of Penrose Island and headed south to circle around the Island and back north again into Klaquaek Channel, an area we had not explored in previous years.  Klaquaek has several well-protected anchorage areas, serving as nice alternatives if Fury Cove and…

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Klaquaek Big Frypan Bay

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 6 – Johnstone Strait to Port Harvey

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 6 Johnstone Strait to Port Harvey Day 6 Friday –  We made a last minute change in routing (thank you Mark Schmurler M/V The Bunkhouse). On Thursday night the forecast was for light winds in the morning and 20-25+ knots during the afternoon on Johnstone Strait. Our routing for a 9:30…

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Landon’s Cruising Report – Shadows of Time

Landon’s Cruising Report – Shadows of Time We departed beautiful Fury Cove on the southwest side of Penrose Island and headed south to circle the Island and back north again into Klaquaek Channel, an area we had not explored in previous years.  Klaquaek has several well-protected anchorage areas, serving as nice alternatives if Fury Cove and…

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Cruising by Edna Islands.
Gow-Piddington-Campbell Islands

Landon’s Cruising Report – Consolation Prize

Gow-Piddington-Campbell Islands

Landon’s Cruising Report – Consolation Prize

We said our goodbye’s to Ocean Falls and departed Cousins Inlet, turning west through Gunboat Pass and continuing once again towards sea via Seaforth Channel.  Turning south through Raymond Passage, we entered the outer islands of the ‘Spider Anchorage’ Area…read more of their adventures HERE.

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Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 5 – Dent Rapids to Johnstone Strait

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 5 Dent Rapids to Johnstone Strait Day 5 Thursday – Clears skies and brilliant sunshine made for a beautiful cruise up Lewis and Calm Channel. Timing was important. This was the day of a new moon, with the strongest tides of the month. We had to hit it right for slack at Dent Rapids. To…

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An abandoned home in Ocean Falls, BC.

Landon’s Cruising Report – More Ghostly Images in Ocean Falls

Landon’s Cruising Report – More Ghostly Images in Ocean Falls We said our goodbye’s to Ocean Falls and departed Cousins Inlet, turning west through Gunboat Pass and continuing once again towards sea via Seaforth Channel.  Turning south through Raymond Passage, we entered the outer islands of the ‘Spider Anchorage’ Area…read more of their adventures HERE.

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South Puget Sound’s Quaint Marinas

The beautiful cruising waters of South Puget Sound, south of The Narrows, has so much to offer Pacific Northwest boaters, with its 10 Washington State Parks with saltwater access, secluded anchorages, and large full-service marinas. Some of our favorite South Sound places to visit don’t fit in any of these categories. They are small privately…

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