This is a trip that John recently took to the San Juan Islands, which are situated just below Vancouver and Victoria BC and in front of Seattle and Bellingham Washington. The islands are well known for providing a great backdrop for boating, and as well a wonderful showfront for some incredible coastal real estate.
We arrived in Point Roberts early on Wednesday, July 2nd, to help with getting the boat ready and gathering provisions for the trip. All crew had arrived by 7PM and we had dinner on board. Point Roberts is just south of Vancouver, a peninsula or point that juts out southward from the Canadian coast, creating a small section of land that for Americans that is only accessible by boat or by first going into Canada from the American mainland and then down into the small town of Point Roberts. It is landlocked. There’s a marina, nice golf course, and numerous homes along the seashore, many of the summer homes for Canadians.
Our hosts, Tina and John, welcomed us on board their new 75′ Nordhaven, recently arrived from La Paz, Mexico. They had purchased the boat there and then brought it up in the spring to Point Roberts, close to their home in downtown Vancouver. Also along were John’s parents, Jean and Joe (a long-time and well known fisherman on the BC coast), John’s sister Druanne and her fiancée Ted, and my father Harvey and uncle Gordy.
Our planned itinerary was to visit the San Juan Islands, traveling as far south as Olympia before making our way back home. Our first anchorage was in Penn Cove on the lower end of Widbey Island. We passed through Deception Pass when the tide was running and that made for a wild ride. The captain had a little trouble handling the boat as the rushing tide pulled us through, but he got us through it without any incidents, except scaring one small boat owner who had chose to stop in the middle of the very narrow pass. He got out of our way quickly when he saw us coming through.
Our first overnight outside of Point Roberts was at Penn Cove on Widbey Island. Quite a large cove, but not much too see or do, except we feasted on fresh oysters and mussels that are native to this area. Our next night was in Tacoma, which is pretty much an industrial port and town. At our dock we had access to the Glass museum and a car museum was close by that were within walking distance. Continue reading