Spend four nights of camping and three days paddling at San Juan Islands in Washington State. We'll experience the fun of paddling and camping on remote islands, only accessible by boat. The pristine waters of the San Juan are host to over 80 residents of Orca Whales. You may also view and enjoy minke whales, habor and Dall's porpoises, harbor seals, river otters and a variety of different birdlife including the largest bald eagles.
Check out some photos from our trip in 2010!
When: August 1-4th
Book your own flights, so you can arrive earlier or stay as long as you like!
Where: San Juan Islands
Friday Harbor, WA
Cost: Members $685 (sign in to register!)
Non-Members $735 (opens to Non-Members on May 1st)
Deadline: Participants must register for this trip before June 15th. A waiting list will be made available after this trip books up.
Trip Leader: Nerissa Aquino
Difficulty: This is a beginner friendly event. Paddling experience recommended, but not required. Participants should be in good physical health. Kayaks are "tandem" with two paddlers per boat.
Children Policy: This is an 15 and up event with prior paddling experience and parent/guardian supervision.
Dog Policy: Dogs are not permitted on this event
Refund Policy: This event is subject to 10% cancellation fee. No refunds after June 15th.
TRIP ITINERARYThursday, August 1st
Before 1:00pm PST: Arrive at Seattle Airport (airfare is not included).
Private shuttle to Anacortes Ferry where we'll take a one hour ferry ride over to Friday Harbor at San Juan Island. Our guide from Outdoor Odyssey will pick us up at Friday Harbor and bring us to our camping destination at San Juan County Park. Tents provided. Participants should purchase dinner, and easy breakfast items while in town at Friday Harbor. Please note there are no showers at any of the camping locations on this trip (there there are public showers in Friday Harbour so you can freshen up before your flight home).
Friday, August 2nd
8:00am PST: We'll be camping right by our put in location, so we can get started right after packing up camp and having breakfast (not included in price). After stowing all camping and personal gear in the boats, we’ll have a thorough orientation covering the fitting of the boat, paddling technique, safety, and boat handling. We won’t get on the water until everybody feels comfortable about paddling. On our first day, we’ll work our way northward, kayaking along the picturesque west side of San Juan Island. We’ll keep a sharp eye out for whales, as we’re in prime Orca habitat. As we look to the south we’ll have spectacular views of the Olympic Mountain range and Vancouver Island to the west. After paddling for a couple of hours along the rocky, convoluted shores of San Juan and Henry Island we’ll stop for lunch. Upon crossing Spieden Channel, we’ll paddle among the forested, rocky islands including Spieden, Goose and John Islands. Our destination for the night is Reid Harbor and Stuart Island, which is only accessible by boat.
The campsite is nestled in a clump of red barked madronas, cedar and Douglas fir trees. After camp is set up, our evening is spent preparing food and eating dinner. Our first night’s cuisine (tentatively) includes smoked salmon fettuccine, garlic bread, locally grown organic salad greens, bottled wine and, of course, dynamite Dutch oven apple crisp (alternative food options available).
Saturday, August 3rd
On our second day we'll hike to the north side of Stuart Island, and have lunch at the abandoned Coast Guard lighthouse. This is a moderate, but leisurely hike. Along route we'll pass by a school house (now a museum) from original inhabitants of the island. We’ll return to our campsite on for another tastefully prepared dinner with wine. After dinner you’ll have the option of participating on an evening “bioluminescence” paddle around the bay.
Sunday, August 4th
Our third day will be spent retracing our route back to our put-in site. We’re in prime whale territory again so our chances of seeing the J, K and L pod of resident whales increases. Be prepared for a tough day of paddling, as we may possibly be paddling against the current on our way back.
4:00pm PST: We should arrive at our final destination between 1 and 4 PM depending on winds and the strength of the group.
Our van will pick us up and take our group back to Friday Harbor. You’ll have an hour or more to poke around town before boarding the ferry to Anacortes. Once back at Anacortes, Participants can either take the shuttle back to the airport (included in trip cost) or rent a vehicle and extend your stay in Washington State, enjoying famous landmarks between Seattle and Mt. Ranier (at your own cost).
Flights home should be booked for "late evening" to ensure plenty of time for the day's activities. An alternative option is to make personal reservations at an airport hotel for Sunday evening and plan for a Monday morning flight home.
ABOUT OUTDOOR ODYSSEYS
There are numerous sea kayaking companies in the San Juan Islands, all of whom have the same chance of seeing whales. They all receive the same information on the whale's location and all monitor the same VHF frequencies. So, what makes Outdoor Odysseys the best? It's their guides! This marks Team Green's second season with Outdoor Odysseys, with many of our members frequenting them on their own private/family adventures!
Here's what makes them so great:
Outdoor Odysseys guides have the highest average years experience guiding on the island
Guides have prior (or current) experience as cabinetmakers, nurses, college professors, and Mountain Rescue Professionals
Guides are given freedom to come up with their own unique meals, with the best ingredients, customized to your needs.
Guides have an average age of 29, rich in life experience. All guides have a bachelor's degree, and many have a graduate degree.
Safety is a top priority. Double kayaks are used exclusively for stability on the water and teamwork in rougher waters. A very thorough on-land safety orientation with basics in paddling, steering, and fitting is completed before any boat leaves the dock. All guides are specially trained to handle emergency situations and routinely carry cell phones, VHF radios, and first aid kits on overnight trips. With over 26 years of experience, Outdoor Odysseys has built a well-deserved reputation for offering quality, hand crafted kayak tours.
If you can't join Team Green Adventures on our trip to San Juan Islands, we hope you'll keep Outdoor Odysseys in mind next time you're in the Seattle Area! Learn more at OutdoorOdysseys.com or call 800-647-4621.
Attend our information session on ___Date TBD___ to ask questions and meet your trip leader. Below are responses to our questions in 2010.
- What are the weather conditions for late summer typically? Air temps are typically high 60s or low 70s with water temps at a constant 50 degrees. Rain is always a possibility in Washington State, but August and September are their driest seasons.
- Can I get a one person kayak instead? Only two person kayaks are offered, both for safety and for added strength to get you through the currents. Experienced paddlers will be partnered with inexperienced paddlers, also for safety.
- Can we leave bags with the outfitter so we have clean dry clothes for an extended stay? Yes. Outdoor Odyssey will lock away additional luggage for us and reunite us with that luggage when we are picked up at the end of the trip.
- Are there any additional recreational options on Stuarts Island? No. This island is only accessible by boat so there are no commercial outlets, meaning no bike rentals, on the island. There are plenty of hiking trails and of course evening paddling options (but most likely you'll just want to relax after a long day of paddling already!).
- Are there alternative food options for people who do not like (or are allergic to) fish? Yes. Any accommodations can be made for food. There will be a questionnaire going out to all registered particpiants to get an idea of dietary restrictions, life vest sizes, etc. This is the time to mention food preferences.
- Can extra glasses of wine be purchases, or can we bring our own booze on the trip? This question is still up in the air. It is entirely up to our group whether or not we allow additional booze. For those who want to enjoy a couple extra glasses of wine while relaxing, that will be ok, but intoxication and rowdiness will not be acceptable (keep in mind we will be waking up early every morning to paddle, and hike, whether you're hung over or not!). Please be considerate of everyone's experience on this trip when making your decision to drink. Aboslutely no alcohol is to be consumed in the boats during the day or at rest stops.
- What kind of wild life can be expected on Stuarts Islands? There are no bears on the islands that we will be visiting. Raccoons and yellow jackets can be an issue, but they typically are not a problem so long as food is not left out (and not left in your tents). Mosquitoes can also be an issue, so plan to bring sprays and lotions. Deer are also present on the island.
- What facilities are avaliable on Stuart Island? This is a primative island. There are no showers or running water. However, there is an enclosed porterpotty at the campsite. Public showers are available at the port dock on Friday Harbor.
- On Day 1, what is the latest our flight should arrive? Yes. As soon as the ferry schedule is released for our trip dates, your trip leader will send you that information to assist you in booking appropriate airflight times. Everyone should plan to arrive by 1pm, if possible. If absolutely necessary, we may be OK with flights arriving by 2 or 2:30pm. Please hold off on purchasing later flights until we know the ferry schedule times.
- What is the deadline to register? The deadline for refunds in June 15th. Most likley the deadline for registration will be that same day. The trip is limited to 10 particpiants and may book up quickly! If the trip fills up faster than expected, we may be able to expand the size of our group. If you know you're interested in the trip, and are available for the dates, it's strongly recommended that you place your reservations early incase the group size cannot be expanded.
- What options do we have for the Mt. Ranier extension? If at least 5 participants in the group are intereted in a 3 day Mt. Ranier trip extension, Team Green can help arrange group pricing for you. This trip extension will not be considered an "official" part of the trip, and therefore participants will work directly with Outdoor Odyssey to finalize details and payments. Participants can also discsuss renting a car together and making private reservations at a lodge on the mountain, or site seeing around Seattle. Your trip leader will arrange a "meet and greet" session once the trip fills up so that participants can discuss their personal travel plans.
This event is open to Members ($685) and Non-Members ($735- on May 1st, if spots are available).
- One night camping on San Juan Island (August 1st)
- Two night/ three day kayak trip with meals included (August 2-4th)
- Round-trip Ferry between Anacortes and Friday Harbor
- Round-trip Shuttle between Anacortes and Seattle Airport
Not Included in Price:
- Roundstrip Flights between Nashville and Seattle (estimated $435-$675 round trip. BUT Check Southwest.com for DING deals)
- Meals on Thursday night, Breakfast on Friday Morning, or dinner Sunday.
- Sleeping bag and sleeping pad (bring your own, or rental directly through Outdoor Odyssey)
- Gratuity. Participants are encourage to tip your paddling guide. Rule of thumb is 10-15% of your trip cost, assuming you have a positive experience with their service. You can personally hand your tip to the guide at the end of the trip, or your Team Green Trip leader can collect tips for a "collective" tip to the guide.
- Travel insurance is recommended but not required. It is for your own protection to purchase travel insurance due to unforeseen circumstances before or during your trip.
Refund Policy: This event is subject to 10% cancellation fee. No refunds after June 15th.
MEMBERS SIGN IN TO REGISTER! Non-Members, check back on May 1st, or Join Team Green to snag a spot early!