Sea Cucumbers, Oysters, Cattails & other Wild Foods

Last weekend, Sherrie & I took off with no particular destination nor itinerary in mind. It was mid-May, Mother’s Day weekend and the weather was great. Multiple fishing and harvesting opportunities were present, with Ling Cod, Halibut, Shrimp, Clams & Oysters (check the red-tide hotline: http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/sf/biotoxin.htm ), Cabezon, and other seafoods available for the catching. Ok, our fishing luck was pretty poor, with a total of one nice rock cod (not allowable and thus released unharmed), and a few sea cumbers. Winds and tides were…

Sucia Island, Cruising the San Juan Islands:

I thought it would fun to share some of our more favorite destinations in the San Juan Islands.  We have been cruising here since 2008 so we have many “favorites” but Sucia Island is a regular and we try to make at least three or four visits a year there. Incredible scenery, miles of shoreline, excellent facilities, and solid holding grounds.  With docks, mooring buoys, camping, hiking, fishing, crabbing, clam digging, diving, sea kayaking and more.  Sucia offers it all.  No wonder this park is consistently ranked…

Our love of the San Juan Islands; Passing it On.

Opening day of freshwater fishing and we had the grandkids out for some fun. We are fortunate to have three of our grandchildren living on Fidalgo Island with us. They are Daneil age 7, Darrin age 5, and Serenity age 4. Daneil and Darrin have become old salts on our sailboat having spent most every weekend last summer with us out sailing. Daneil really surprised me when he decided that he wanted to fish with my favorite light fishing pole (a christmas present from Ken)…

Fiddlehead Ferns With Peppers and Pasta

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A very light and tasty dish made with the Fiddleheads we harvested from some Lady Ferns by Heart Lake. INGREDIENTS Approximately 40 Fiddleheads pre-boiled 1 tbsp Sea Salt 2 tbsp Minced Garlic 1/4 each Yellow and Orange bell peppers; sliced 10 Medium Mushrooms; sliced 4 tbsp Grapeseed Oil 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar 2 tbsp Dried Crushed Basil 1/2 lb Linguine Pasta   DIRECTIONS: In a medium saucepan, bring 2 quarts of water to boil. Add Fiddleheads and salt. Boil for one minute, drain and rinse…

The Gnomes of Stuart Island

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I know it must be hard to believe but there are gnomes living on Stuart Island. Stuart Island in Washington state, named in honor of Frederick D. Stuart, the captain’s clerk of the Wilkes expedition in 1841, is the Northwestern most island in the San Juan archipelago. Home to two communities of full and part-time residents, two airfields, and Stuart Island State Park. Most of the island is private property and although there are no stores or accommodations on Stuart Island itself, it is still…

TIME WARPS–Mid-week sailing

Time warps do exist!  Or maybe the water is a parallel universe.  Whatever the explanation, a few hours on the water sailing and I feel like I have been out for days Dawn breaks clear and sunny with a light breeze. The birds are up and singing, the coffee smells so very good, and the first thought is “Man! I wish I could be on the boat right now”. I have to willfully resist this urge, must get dressed for work, it’s okay; only ten hours…

A Hiking Trail Map of Cypress Head

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I’ve been digging around the internet on how to download track data to and from my GPS. I finally figured it out and decided that I’d share my GPS data on this website, as well as on Google Maps and Google Earth. The first hike I’ll share is Cypress Head. This is not my favorite hike in the world. It’s extremely vertical, making about 1000 foot of elevation gain for 4000 feet of horizontal distance. However, this trail is infrequently traveled for the same reasons,…

Wild Nettles on my menu!

What are nettles? We are fairly new to serious foraging for food. While I have been something of an outdoorsman for most of my life, I never really had a need nor a burning desire to fully utilize the natural bounty that wild food foraging can benefit us. For 40 or 50 years, I have known that wild nettles were edible. All of the books said so. Still, upon moving here 5 years ago and finding a nettle herb patch in our driveway, I had…

Square Cove – Guemes Island

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We did a short day trip today. We thought we might spend the night out and had prepared for such, but with 3 grand-children and neither of us feeling all that healthy, left the options open. We weren’t sure where we were going when we left the dock. It was Vendovi, Saddlebag Island, or someplace in-between. We departed our slip at Cape Sante Marina with supplies for lunch, dinner, s-mores, and more. As we were transiting Guemes Island en-route to Vendovi Island, we looked at…

San Juan Islands Kayaking: Saddlebag Island

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This article describes an easy, beginner San Juan Islands kayaking trip to Saddlebag Island Although I’m not much of a kayaker, I know many people who are. The San Juan Islands are a sea kayaker’s paradise, particularly in mid to late summer when the winds calm down and the water becomes smooth as glass, like in these photos from Randy Reese. One easy, beginner sea kayak trip that is really popular are short trips to Saddlebag Island, which is a Washington State Park. The easiest…

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