It's not often that you share a table with the person who actually made your wine. Outdoor Odysseys is proud to partner with the winemakers of Boudreaux Cellars out of Leavenworth, WA and pair their reds and whites with our local, gourmet cuisine. Enjoy sunset with a wine glass in hand from your campsite on Jones Island after a full day’s kayak tour along the coastlines of the San Juan Channel.
Your Outdoor Odyssey's guide(s) will meet you in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Our van will take the group, which generally averages from 6-8 participants (maximum of 12), to our launch site on the south side of San Juan Island.
After packing all camping and personal gear, we'll have a thorough orientation covering the fitting of the kayak, paddling technique, safety and boat handling. We won't get on the water until everybody feels comfortable about kayaking. We'll our paddle north past the unique and numerous islands and wildlife refuges that comprise the 172 islands of the archipelago. We’ll keep a sharp eye out for wildlife including eagles, harbor seals and the smallest of the whale family, the harbor porpoise. As we look to the east, you'll have spectacular views of Mt. Baker. Our destination for the night is Jones Island, one of the jewels of the San Juan Islands. Jones is entirely State Park and ringed with waterfront campsites and a forest of evergreens and Gary oak trees. After camp is set up, your guide will prepare a gourmet dinner while you get to relax with a glass of wine and appetizers. We’ll be pairing premium wines with tastefully prepared cuisine.
Awaken to the sounds of the sea and a hot cup of coffee from our on-island roaster. Indulge in a warm breakfast cooked by your guide in a dutch oven before starting your kayaking tour. Choose from a number of routes weaving through the broken chain of Wasp Islands or paddle beneath the cliffs and lime kiln ruins on the north side of Orcas Island. Spend the late afternoon hiking a portion or all 4 miles of the trail around Jones or lay on the beach and watch river otters and mink play along the rocks. Dine on more food and wine pairings while you watch the sun dip below the horizon from arguably the best sunset view in the archipelago. Finish your evening by the campfire and under the light of the stars, or see the “stars in the water” on a guided bioluminescence paddle.
The adventure is far from over on the last day. We’ll kayak past picturesque Yellow and Low Islands, which are owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy. Enjoy a long lunch on Turn Island with views of harbor seal haul outs and Mount Baker. We’ll complete our journey on the east side of San Juan Island, load our gear and our paddlers, and have you back to Friday Harbor between 2-4 PM to meet your Washington State ferry or continue your time on the islands.
The OO crew couldn't have been more professional and prepared from the moment they picked us up at Friday Harbor through the launch and landing. It was beyond expectations and worth every penny.Brian
If you’re looking for a fun and unforgettable kayak trip in the San Juan Islands, I highly recommend Outdoor Odyssey. Our 3-day trip was superb.Shelly
I am not usually someone to pay for a guided tour, but this was absolutely worth it and a huge highlight during our time in the San Juan Islands. Our guide was awesome. We were a group kids, teens and adults (two families). We learned a lot about the island, and had a ball along the coast for our 7 mile day trip.Seth K
The food was excellent. Organic as much as possible, fresh as much as possible, well prepared, and plenty of it.Tim
This trip was one I will never forget. Outdoor Odysseys does such a great job on these kayak trips. Our guides were wonderful. The food was beyond belief...for anywhere, not just a kayaking trip.DJW
This company has been around for a long time. They know how to treat people.Cocoa
Taryn first sat down in a kayak on Orcas Island 10 years ago and hasn’t really gotten out of the boat since. She has been guiding with Outdoor Odysseys since 2010, and she is stoked to have the opportunity…Read More
Jennifer sees the outdoors as an opportunity to better live physically and mentally, while creating a reciprocal relationship and appreciation of nature. She strives to create a truly unique outdoor experience based not solely on the obtainment of a…Read More
Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Keith has felt a strong westward pull his entire life. Keith’s love affair with the American west coast (South and North) began during his National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Semester in Baja, Mexico. Later he…Read More
Matthew graduated with a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of South Carolina in 2009. While not spending his time buried in modernism and shakespeare, Matthew was cutting his teeth on the numerous creeks and rivers…Read More
Tom graduated from Lawrence University in 2003 with a biology degree. After graduation Tom spent a year and a half overseas, traveling through India, working for an NGO in Nepal, and teaching elementary students science in the outdoor classroom…Read More
When the days begin to grow longer and the air a little warmer, Emma gets excited to spend her summers exploring all that the San Juans have to offer. After attending Green Mountain College, Emma found her way West…Read More
Since graduating college with a BA in Anthropology in 2008 and starting a career in wilderness therapy in 2010, Megan has spent more nights sitting in circles around a fire and sleeping under the stars than she has in…Read More
After moonlighting for Outdoor Odysseys in 2015 Sev joined the family for his first full season in 2016, bringing together his passions for kayaking, marine natural history, and gourmet cooking in the backcountry. A Pacific Northwest native, Sev loves…Read More