Sailing the San Juans

San Juan Islands
Morning view in the San Juans.

Learning to sail has been quite an awesome experience for me. Living in Seattle, being so close to the Puget Sound and all it has to offer, how could I not take to the water?

This Labor Day I was fortunate enough to spend four days onboard my friend Cap’n John’s boat. We sailed through the San Juan Islands of Washington, and the Canadian Gulf Islands. Although just a few hours away from Seattle, we were worlds away!

Sunset on South Pender Island
Sunset view from South Pender Island, Canada.

The peace of the water, the hilly islands, some with dry terrain, others with lush forests, the wind whipping through the sails…it was like living in a post card.

I caught my first big fish, and “Norm” (as we named him) provided our meals for the next few days. I broke down crying after catching him, once I realized that we’d have to club the poor fella and filet him. (Hey, I’m a city girl from Chicago! I don’t normally indulge in such behavior!) He was quite delicious, though. Thank you, Norm!

The One That Didn’t Get Away!
The One That Didn’t Get Away! Salmon Slayer Gill.

Fishing video

I highly recommend a sailing adventure throughout this beautiful area. There are also ferries that go back and forth to the mainland. For more information, check out:

Sail on!


One thought on “Sailing the San Juans

  1. Tell me more about Cap’n John’s boat. How big is it? Did you put into any ports along the way or was the entire adventure aboard ship?

    The image links from this story merely open the thumbnail on a blank page. I’d really like to see larger versions of the pictures from this adventure.

    Sorry to hear about Norm, but a girl HAS to eat.

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