Guemes Island

Island Obsession

Island Obsession

I’m obsessed with islands… At least I have been the last few weeks.  Perhaps it is because we’re headed off to the fabulous Hawaiian Islands in a week.  Or, more likely, it is because we live in the Puget Sound area which is an island paradise in it’s own right.  A little grayer, cloudier, colder…but a paradise, for sure.

The collage at the left is a collection of images from just the last week or two depicting 7 different islands all within 10-40 minutes from home.  I visited these islands using some combination of hiking, cycling, kayak, or motorbike.

For our motorbike ride to Guemes Island we would included another mode of transport, the Guemes Island car ferry.  In spite of the lead colored sky and the light foggy mist hanging in the air, I convinced Susan that the sun was going to come out by the time we got to Anacortes.  Our plan was to ride the FJR onto the ferry, motor up to the Guemes Mountain trailhead, and then do the 1- 1/2 mile hike up to the summit.  After the hike we’d take a loop around the rock, and return on the ferry in the late afternoon.

Have a look at some images for the trip:

Ferry Landing

Ferry Landing

We had some fun watching this river otter while waiting for the ferry.

River Otter in the Shallows

River Otter in the Shallows

Suzie- on Deck

Suzie- on Deck

Wheelhouse Reflection

Wheelhouse Reflection

Arriving at Guemes Island

Arriving at Guemes Island

Hiking Up Guemes Mt.

Hiking Up Guemes Mt.

Looking North From Guemes Mountain

Looking North From Guemes Mountain

The FJR -  waiting for our return...

The FJR - waiting for our return...

The Waiting Area on Guemes Island
Guemes Channel

Guemes Channel

Suzie - On Watch

Suzie - On Watch

Well I’m happy to report that the sun did in fact come out, and we had a great hike to the summit, as well as a wonderful ride around the rural island roads.

Beautiful waterfront views opened up around every turn.  And we only saw two cars, and one ATV quad on the roads during the entire ride.

Kat

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About Jeff Katzer

Welcome friends. I'm a cyclist, hiker, motorbike rider, kayaker, photographer, videographer, ukulele player, snowshoer, XC skier, and BEST of all - a grandpa. Somewhere in that list above you'll find the theme of the Adventure Journal.
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