48 32.369 North
123 00.954 West
Our needs dictated we travel here to Friday Harbor. After a week anchored and on our own in Blind Bay it was time to go, for we had waited as long as we could. I chose a course over Shaw Island, through Wasp Pass and then down San Juan Channel. The timing was right, slack tide, with a following current to help us on our way. The trick was to navigate the narrow pass alone, without the large Washington ferry to worry the crew and captain.
Leaving Blind Bay, a sizable wind chop followed us but as expected, didn’t disturb Odyssey. I was surprised though how much the small tidal flows moved our heavy boat. We were in the mixing point of three large waterways, a mere curiosity at the best of times. I shudder at what a bad tide and wind would do.
Out past Cliff Island and then Neck Point we slipped quietly into the deep waters of San Juan Channel, a major waterway that would lead us south to Friday Harbor. Within 30 minutes the ferry came out of Wasp Pass, on schedule. In 400 feet of water we circled to let her go by and then followed into the protection of the harbor breakwater. Sarah called the marina on the radio for a slip and without any further fuss we were docked for the next few days.
Easy? Come if you dare and follow us. Bring your sailboat along through the same passages we do, the same bays we anchor in. This is the adventure, prove us wrong. It is a world of wonder and beauty and yes, a little bit scary, but it is real and so very worth it.