(Updated (2014) alternate itinerary with Echo Bay at Sucia Island as 1st stop)
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This article is designed to get you going on that first boating/sailing trip to the San Juan Islands in Washington State.
|Patos Island Anchorage|
You know of course that you are not allowed to bring your boat closer than 200 yards (that's about the length of two football fields end to end) of a southern resident whale. Which begs the question, how does one know if it's a resident, let alone from the south? What I knew once, but forgot, was that you are required to put your transmission in neutral if you find your self inside the 200 yd limit.
You are not allowed to position your boat, (and this includes kayaks, rafts, dinghy's, etc.) so that you intersect with a whale coming towards you. The rule is 400 yards ( that's about a quarter mile )
|The blue marker on the far left marks Rolfe cove, and where we begin our visit to Matia|
|Boater park fees are a great deal for what we get in return.|
|The trail starts at the top of ramp beyond the small picnic campground area. Matia is unique in that fires are not allowed anywhere, and pets are restricted from trail system.|
|"Bimini in two bags"|
fits under the v-berth
is the secret behind many good things.
|We didn't attempt to touch this little guy, but it sure seemed like he wanted to be cuddled|
|The sucking sounds were unmistakable as he worked his way around the boats again and again.|
|Settling in for the night as the sun set.|
|Squalicum Harbor Marina - red dots = boat ramp, restaurant, showers, parking, guest docks|
|Sucia Island with Echo Bay and Fossil Bay marked with red dots|
|Rosario (Mansion/Museum is in lower left, marina restaurant at top|
|Pelican Beach on northeast end of Cypress Island|
|Inati Bay on southeast side of Lummi Island|