Tuesday, May 31, 2005
May 5 -7, 2005
The Start, Beginning, Threshold of the trip was Mud Bay, Eld Inlet, Olympia. It was aptly named for it was a shallow brown water bay and deep aromatic mud flats fill with beer cans and bottles from the roadside bar, whose back parking lot I was launching from. I had picked this area to start my trip from for three reasons. One, it was one of the southern most waterways in Puget Sound. Two, with its dirty waters, my trip could only get better from here. Three, and the real reason, the Blue Heron Bakery is across the road from where I put the boat in. Giant coconut macaroons and chocolate chip cookies start the trip in the best way.
Monday, May 30, 2005
I am usually quite organized packer, but on the first day it was entertaining. I had worked all night and had gotten no sleep. I had a deadline of 2pm before the tide got to low and I was running late. I put the kayak on the banks of Mud Bay and proceeded to stuff it at random with everything that was in the back of my truck. I still had 1/3rd of my stuff left in the truck when the kayak was full, close enough, let the trip begin.
Sunday, May 29, 2005
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Friday, May 27, 2005
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
May 6th was a windy day, I cross Budd Inlet to the catch the ebb tide in Dana Passage. The wind is from the south so I put up my kite and go for a wild wind powered ride through the pass. I made camp on Anderson Island at 2:30 pm.
May 7th is was a long day, with and early start at 6am. Calm waters and light winds carried me to Defiance Park Zoo in Tacoma. There I was picked up by my good friends Caveman, Troll and the Princess. To celebrate the completion of my first leg of my journey they brought me out to Indochine, Seafood and Satay Bar – Wow, what a feast.
Sunday, May 22, 2005
I started with the plan to ride the ebb tide down the west side of Vashon Island, Colvos Passage to Bainbridge Island. It turned out to be a wicked day of paddling, ripping currents, howling wind, rain and white-capped waves. It was so bad that I had to creep along the shoreline and fight the back eddies till I got to Blake Island.
Friday, May 20, 2005
I was worried that it would be windy the next day, blocking me from doing the crossing to Seattle. I was relieved to wake up to total quiet, a perfect sunny day for paddling. I make the crossing to Alki Bakery for breakfast and then over to Golden Gardens, Seattle, where Mary Lou picked me up.