Last Monday marked the start of our busy week, with a four-day sea kayaking trip, led by Outdoor Odysseys guide Tony, setting out from the San Juan County Park (SJCP), followed later that morning by a one-day “Eagles and Orcas” tour led by OO guides Chris and myself. Monday was a beautiful day on the water, with Orcas spread up and down the whole west side of San Juan Island. On the tour I was on, we saw four separate groups of whales over the course of the day, in addition to a few harbor seals and a bald eagle.
On Tuesday, a large group of kayakers led by guides Sarah and Tom departed from SJCP for a three-day sea kayak trip to Stuart Island and back. An “Eagles and Orcas” day trip led by guides Scott and Chris went out later that morning, and the next morning Chris and OO guide West led another large day trip beginning from Jackson Beach.
Thursday was a great and action-packed day, with three multi-day groups returning safe and happy to Friday Harbor, another big day trip going out led by guides Magda and Michael, and four guides – Caitlin, Chris, Will, and West – preparing for multiple three-day kayak trips, all leaving from San Juan Island on Friday.
Friday morning was clear and sunny for the various groups headed out on 3-day sea kayaking tours. Caitlin and her group left from Jackson Beach, and arrived on Jones Island that afternoon. The other three groups camped on Stuart Island Friday and Saturday night, and all four arrived back in Friday Harbor yesterday.
Those of us in town on Friday night headed over to the San Juan County Fairgrounds for a potluck dessert held in celebration of the annual Tribal Canoe Journey, which came ashore in Friday Harbor on Saturday afternoon. The participants camped at the County Fairgrounds on Friday night, where they celebrated with food, traditional Salish music, dancing, and story-telling and spoke about the history of the Salish people and Tribal Journeys.
This weekend was another busy one with multiple day trips going out both Saturday and Sunday. Weather-wise, we couldn’t have asked for better conditions. Last night found all the folks here at Outdoor Odysseys back in Friday Harbor, preparing for another busy week on the water!