Island Hopping: San Juan Island – Jones Island – Waldron Island
Hippity hoppity Coco Mar is on her way! We sailed from San Juan Island to Jones Island early in the morning. Well, almost all the way. We eventually made it there.
The kids and I had just watched a video of ours when we met Grammy and Grampy at Jones Island the night before. They were eight and four at the time of the video.
Once at Jones Island we anchored in about 40 feet of water off of the rocks. The anchor held quickly and we were able to enjoy our lunch of rice and beans with romaine and avocado. I make the boys rice with nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor. The beans were from a pre-made package that ended up being great. Like with everything, I will eventually get back into soaking and cooking from dry beans. However, it was pretty nice to not worry about any of that.
Shane read The Boys in the Boat to the kids while I cooked. They’ve now been to the UW boat house that is mentioned in the book and to Sequim where his story starts. The kids seem to really be enjoying it. It’s the abridged, youth version.
After lunch Kelly paddled to shore while Shane took Wyatt and I in the dinghy shortly after.
Shane wanted to stay back with the boat and Kelly decided to go with him. Wyatt agreed to come with mom for a hike so I wouldn’t be alone. What a sweet little guy.
We hiked the east side of the island, checking out the tide pools on the south side before heading off and enjoying the variety of deep coral reds and greens the landscape shows off. It’s beautiful! The succulents growing on rocks were my favorite. Wyatt loved spotting holes where he imagined raccoons, squirrels and birds were hiding in.
Once back Shane was ready to sail off for Waldron Island, just north of where we were. The wind looked promising. He raised the mizzen and had just the foresail up easily bringing us to a comfortable four knots.
I was able to finish dusting while we were underway. I had missed my usual dusting routine over the past week. I dust more often in this small space than when at a house. This time I used a damp towel to keep the dust from flying around the cabin. I even shook out all of our sheets, duvets, throws and wool blankets. Fingers crossed we won’t need the wool blanket again. We said that about the diesel heater and ran it (again, fingers crossed) once more while in Port Townsend. This week’s weather forecast has us optimistic.
At Waldron Island Shane changed his mind last minute, having us anchor at North Bay after seeing limited options at Cowlitz Bay. We were the only ones anchored off the shore there. It was beautiful and well worth the extra effort to get over there. We watched cruise ships and freighters off in the distance while the sun set, and somehow never had their wakes reach us. The kids watched Happy Gilmore while Shane dozed off and I washed the dishes.
Shane went to bed early to get up early and paddle the island and it’s surrounding named rocks and smaller islands. The kids went to bed without protesting, exhausted from a day of fun.