Another break in on-call duties allowed me to run off into the lovely resources of Washington.
First off was Bay View State Park- this was primarily found as we wanted a staging area for the launch to Skagit Island for the second night. I was happy that it turned out to be so nice looking! The campground is a very short walk away from the beach (which has a good view of the sunset). If you want to go but are unsure if you can live in a tent- they have some fantastic cabins available for rent and are fairly reasonably priced too!
The following day we woke up early so that we could get some coffee before paddling to Skagit Island for a night.
After a previous expedition to this small island that turned into a verbal fight between myself and people who miss-understood the concept of the CMT guidelines of no powerboats for CMT campsites- I was on edge as I really didn’t want that to happen again. Luckily we were the first islanders for the day and got the best site.
The whole island had exploded in flowers- something that I had never seen before here as I normally visit in Later Summer/fall time. It was fairly obvious that the island has not had many visitors yet this year.
The beaches look white from all of the sun bleached shells that litter it. Makes it seem more like a tropical island.
The mossy landscape was quite pretty as well- this trail goes all the way around the island and this is one of my favorite sections:
After some further exploring- we waited for the sun to set the rest of the way by eating dinner with a fantastic view looking towards Deception Pass.
Once the sun set the rest of the way- we headed out and kayaked with the bio-luminescence (primarily noctiluca). The glow lit our paddle strokes up quite well but the light pollution from the nearby cities still hid the best show. Most places in Puget Sound have a bad problem with light pollution- Hood Canal has been one exception so far in my random night kayaking adventures.
The following morning- we got an early start to try to avoid the worst of the tidal currents (they can get to be incredibly strong out here!)
The waters were exceptionally calm, we had some issues in a couple places with some strong currents but nothing we couldn’t take on!
A Selfie with Skagit- my kayaking buddy was kicking my butt and was in front of me by a bit at this time.
Hope Island- another place that boaters can camp on but I find it is too big to feel like a remote island to me. There is an awesome rope swing which can provide some entertainment if you get the chance to stop there. The trails on this island are nice also- but I find Skagit to be a lot more of what I look for.
After making it home- I decided to see if my sister wanted to do some more leg torture and bike up the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. I partially regretted asking her but I was able to drink enough caffeine to keep me awake and we had a good time- It was nice to be able to work out my legs a little bit.
Then finally, some life news- I found a nice place that I am moving to that will be much closer to work than I live currently. My hope is to cancel my parking spot and either walk or ride my bike to work every day. I need more exercise given my current job- and my tendons are complaining about my recent adventures.
Hope everyone is well!