I am dedicating this series of postings to AI created content. However, it is apparent that AI is subject to missinformation and missing information so I will try to fill the gaps with my own comments at the end.
Patos Island is a small, uninhabited island located in the
northern part of the San Juan Islands archipelago in Washington State, USA. The
island is part of the Patos Island State Park and is accessible only by boat or
Patos Island is known for its natural beauty and rugged
wilderness, with rocky shorelines, secluded coves, and forested hillsides. The
island is a popular destination for hikers, bird watchers, and kayakers who
come to explore its many trails and waterways.
One of the most distinctive features of Patos Island is the
Patos Island Lighthouse, which has been guiding mariners through the
treacherous waters of the Haro Strait since 1893. The lighthouse is a popular
spot for visitors, who can tour the historic building and climb to the top for
stunning views of the surrounding islands and waterways.
Patos Island also has a rich history, dating back to its use
by Native American tribes for fishing and hunting. Later, the island was home
to a small community of settlers who farmed the land and fished the surrounding
waters. Today, visitors can still see the remains of some of the old buildings
and structures, including the ruins of an old homestead and a long-abandoned
In addition to its natural beauty and historical
significance, Patos Island is also home to a variety of wildlife, including
bald eagles, harbor seals, and a variety of seabirds. Visitors are advised to
respect the island's fragile ecosystem and to practice Leave No Trace
principles when visiting this remote and beautiful island.
Having been to Patos many times, I agree with the above but
must mention that I have never seen the abandoned homestead and cannery,
however, I have not explored (no trails or easy landing beaches) the far south
end of the island. The area around the lighthouse does have some concrete
foundations to explore that are left over from when the coast guard had a active
The hiking at Patos is minimal and somewhat disappointing,
especially when compared to other places. The lighthouse is a very worthwhile
visit. In the summer season, volunteers
open the doors and you may climb the stairs to see the light up close.
There are no docks, the cozy little cove between Patos and Little Patos Island is
where you should anchor. Several gravel beaches invite your dinghy to the
picnic area and campground. The level trail
to the lighthouse is ten minutes and very easy walking.
We use Patos as our closest jump off point when heading to Vancouver and we want an early start to cover the forty five miles.
I recommend cruisers stop by even for just an hour or
so. People overnighting at Sucia Island can
make Patos an easy half day outing and be back at Sucia early.
Chat bot created article about Matia Island:
I generated and regenerated this article about a dozen times. In each new version chatgtp put in goofy things like lighthouses and boat launches. Matia is my favorite place to visit and is easily overloaded with boats so I was tempted to simply delete everything and hope the crowds overlook her.
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My take on Matia:
All reviews reflect the writers opinion, this sums up mine.
We all have our favorite place, trail, or experience we remember fondly. I conveniently forget the rainy foggy times, recalling just the good stuff. Matia has always been that place for me. I once said to a fellow boater that if I was stuck somewhere due to bad weather or rough seas, Matia was where I wanted to be.
I remember our first visit to Matia, there was one large size power boat taking up the entire side of the small dock . We snuggled our smallish sailboat next to another sailor on the other side. Out in the bay were two empty buoys. The view westward from Rolfe cove was of Sucia and we could see the lights of boats anchored in Echo Bay about a mile away. On shore were two campsites and a composter that the state parks are known for. The trailhead sign said “no pets” which means dogs. We walked the one-mile circle trail that really is the only trail and were so immersed in the rain forest feeling that we found ourselves whispering so as not to disturb the island. That night, the couple from the power boat invited us to share their campfire in the empty campsite.
click here for Pictures of Matia by land and sea
I think the artificial intelligence chat bot
article is good but I am learning they lack specifics. Or it gets the specifics wrong, for instance Eastsound is better described as located at the north end of East Sound because it is certtainly not on the east shore of Orcas Island. I will list off
some more visiting cruiser type information.
Juan County docks seem to be the same size and have the same no over-nighter policy,
the little two boat float at Eastsound is no different. Our visiting experience has always been very
positive, even the night we broke down and got a police warning at midnight
turned out well.
Eastsound county dockCruisers should always plan on anchoring. The dock is easily overwhelmed by a single thirty-footer and the usual group of dinghies crowding the inside. You may anchor very close by but stay out of the well-marked eel grass patch.
The walk into town is a short and easy one
block hike on a paved road. The well stocked grocery store is on the right and
impossible to miss. The level downtown core
area is about the size of Friday Harbor but without a marina or ferry landing
it seems more laid back and artsy crafty.
Eateries and shops are everywhere. You will have no problem getting
breakfast, lunch, dinner or just coffee, minutes from the boat.
Moran Park and Mt Constitution are too far to
walk, bicycle yes.
It is good to know, there is a Napa store with big batteries in stock that saved my trip and an Ace store that I have yet to
The Village Green park and Farmers market are
popular all summer. Scheduled
entertainment may make your trip more memorable, hopefully in a positive way.
I suggest that you plan a visit. You will not
regret it. If anchoring overnight is not your strong suit you may simply run the
3.5 miles back to Rosario and get a slip.
Odlin County Park
get right to it. You need to know that Lopez Village is the only town
center on Lopez Island. It is near the midpoint of the island and on the
west side facing towards Friday Harbor less than five miles away.
Fisherman Bay is immediately opposite the village and is a smallish shallow
bay with a very restricted channel leading out to San Juan Channel.
There is no public dock at Fisherman Bay or the Village. Fisherman Bay has two fair sized private marinas with slips available. The walk from the marinas into the village and the grocery store is about 3/4 of a mile so bring your cart.
The access channel leading into Fisherman Bay is narrow and around three feet deep at low low tide. Some boats that don’t pay attention get stuck inside until the tide comes up. Right at the entrance dolphin marking the channel is a steel stairway leading up to the village center. You may anchor and dinghy ashore, but your boat will be subject to waves and wakes of those heading into Fisherman Bay and watch out for an uncharted rock somewhere near the stairway. I recommend anchoring in deep water just inside the entrance channel on the right side and coming back by dinghy. Once on shore it is only a block from the store, restaurants, shops, museum, and a public bathroom with free hot showers. If you go ashore at the stairway, be sure to tie your dinghy to the stairs and do not wander left or right onto private beach property.
Click this link for going ashore at Lopez Village