Ken’s Story

sailing the san juan islands, boat camping, fishing, cruising the san juan islands,

I have been boating for something like 55 years. I remember going with my dad to buy our first boat, found dusty and bird coated in a barn. Wood, about 15′ or 16′ with a 40 hp ob. I recall my father fiber-glassing the hull and putting on a windshield during the first year of our ownership. Before that, my dad and his buddies would take me out with them on opening day of fishing in Eastern Washington. Somehow, I always got the pole with…

Clam Chowder Days

The sky is cloudy, the wind is blowing, rain threatens. Looks like today we are inside curled up with a book by the fire. This describes many of the days we have here in the San Juan Islands, some of my favorite days. Clam Chowder days. What better meal than a hearty bowl of clam chowder on a windy, wet day? I can think of none. That we harvested the clams with our own clamming tools, and canned them ourselves makes the chowder, to me,…

Water Mining for Clams

A helpful article on less labor intensive clam digging. Combined with the right clamming tools, this technique will ensure you leave the beach with plenty of clam meat. Easter Saturday and we are heading out to one of my favorite activities here in the San Juan Islands; digging clams! There is truly no more beautiful spot to be living than here. We are sailing out from Cap Sante Marina where we have the boat moored and heading to the North side of Guemes Island, where…

Sherrie’s Story

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I am Sherrie Schmidt and my husband is Ken. I am a 53 year old woman married to a wonderful man who began cruising the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea over 50 years ago. In my background, I owned a bit of acreage and grew and preserved most of the food that my family of 5 could eat in a year. Vegetables, fruits, beef, chickens, goats, etc… We made our own cheese and sold cheese and eggs to buy the things we could…

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