Friday afternoon we took the short cruise over to Similk Bay/Kiket Island which is a good place to stage yourself for an early morning departure through Deception Pass. Slack water is at 8:00AM and we intend to be there for it.
|Sunset on Friday night at Kiket Island.|
Friday night is very calm with virtually no wind to worry about. It does rain overnight though which makes me doubt the sunny Saturday forecast a bit.
Back down on the beach there are some really huge boulders to climb around. Despite the kids getting bigger each year, these boulders don't seem to look any smaller :-)
It's an easy two hour motor over to Eagle Harbor. The rain stops and there are a few patches of blue sky now and then. We arrive in Eagle Harbor and grab a buoy only to decide that it might be just a bit too shallow when the low tide rolls around at 5:30PM (after dark). So, we untie and move to a buoy in much deeper water. We them put down the dinghy and head to shore to hike up to one of the little lakes on the island.
On our way up the road we find something we've seen here before. In fact, we've ONLY seen this on Cypress Island and nowhere else in the San Juan's. They are everywhere. The kids must find dozens of them within a few hundred yards. I'm sure you are asking what by now? Little salamander creatures! Needless to say, this is a SLOW hike.... but it's a lot of fun.
|Cindy with her salamander|
|Kevin has a pair of them.|
|Close-up of one of these cute little reptiles.|
We eventually make it up to the lake and take the lake loop trail. It's a cute little lake and at one end we find a well built log shelter. This would be a good place to hide from a sudden downpour.
|The very sturdy rain shelter...|
We find a lot more salamanders on the way back down, then we climb into the dinghy and motor back to our boat to warm up. The diesel furnace is sure nice, but it is having one problem, and it's somewhat serious. The furnace boiler refuses to "fire" when the engines are running. After the engines are shut off it takes me a while of tinkering with it to get it up and running again. I've discovered in my tinkering that the furnace will fire instantly when the generator is running, and it will also keep runnning just fine under gererator power even with the engines running. So, I'm narrowing it down to some sort of issue with our old inverter, which creates 110v AC power from the 12v DC house batteries. I need to do more testing. Right now the net effect is we either have to run our generator when we are motoring somewhere, or we get cold and leave the generator off while motoring.
It is a perfectly still night with absolutely no breeze. Monday morning we awake to overcast skies, but no fog or rain. We get a fairly early start and take the dinghy over to Pelican Beach which has good access to the Eagle Cliff trail. Pelican Beach is full of great flat skipping rocks and the kids are learning how to skip rocks.
|Skipping rocks at Pelican Beach.|
|Great view from the top of Eagle Cliff, even on a cloudy day.|
We hike back down to Pelican beach where the kids skip some more rocks. We then dinghy back to the boat and pack it all up to head home. It was a very quiet trip home with only one other boat on the water. In fact we only saw half a dozen boats on the water the whole weekend. It always amazes me (Steve) how few boats there are out there during the winter. Another successful and rewarding trip.