It was only a week after returning from the Labor Day cruise and I felt the pull to go back out on the water. September offers some of the best boating as the summer crowds are gone, anchorages and marinas are open and accessible, the weather is nice, and the days are still reasonably long with the sun setting after 7pm. And we can always use more crab. With the crabbing season closed in Puget Sound, I decided to go up to the San Juan Islands where the season lasts until the end of September. Cathleen had several commitments and could not come with me so I was on my own for a good portion of the two weeks. My oldest son Evan joined me for the first weekend and nephews Trace and Jake joined me for the second weekend. We visited four islands: Stuart, Shaw, San Juan, and Orcas.
I took a couple of days to get up to the islands, anchoring in Garrison Bay on San Juan Island. It is a well protected anchorage that is a short dinghy ride to the sea plane dock in Roche Harbor, where Evan was flying into.
Evan had not previously flown on a sea plane so this was great fun for him, as his big smile showed when he got off the plane. The pilot also let him have the copilot seat.
We dinghied back to Fiddler, set out a crab trap, then went for a hike at English Camp, a National Historic Site once occupied by the British before ownership of the islands was firmly established. Adjacent to English Camp is a 1 mile trail to the top of Young Hill with panoramic views of the US and Canada.
After he departed, I left Roche Harbor and cruised over to Reid Harbor for a couple of days, one of my favorite anchorages in the islands. The two days I was here, crabbing was closed so I just soaked up the sunshine and surrounding natural beauty.
With the overnight winds predicted to be 25 knots from the south, we cruised over to Prevost Harbor, passing the Turn Point Light House on the way, and picked up a mooring buoy at Stuart Island State Marine Park. It was very calm there.
We walked all around the downtown area, visiting the Whale Museum and getting a few groceries before heading back to the boat for the night. The next morning they kayaked before we walked into town for lunch, then back to the sea plane dock to catch their flight to Seattle.
It was so much fun having Evan, Trace, and Jake fly in for a few days and spend some time just messing around on the water!