Thursday, August 28, 2008

Boys trip to Stuart Island

Going to Stuart Island has become a real treasure. It's only 11 miles from Friday Harbor, and therefore only a couple hours of travel in favorable conditions. Reid Harbor is so pretty, and although it can be crowded, it never feels too busy for some reason. We'll never go to Sucia again because it felt like a Kmart for boats, all crammed together and the poor island itself all trashed. Reid always feels clean and quiet.

We had friends in town and I thought it would be fun to do a "Boys trip" since they have two boys as well. The other dad and I took our four boys and did the trip, their first overnight in a boat. They were so excited, and we were too. Unfortunately it was dead calm or rained the whole way there and back, so we didn't get to sail, but the rest of the experience was blissful.

When we first got there, I couldn't believe it but the oldest boy said he was going to jump into the water off the boat. Now, as you may know, the water is 52 degrees on a sunny day. Sure enough, despite my doubts, he jumped right in, followed closely by my kids and the other dad. I didn't take the bait, but they sure had a refreshing swim.

The next day we hiked to the lighthouse. After not doing so on any of my previous trips to the lighthouse, I finally took the plunge and bought some of those cool T-shirts for sale at the school. I got a "No child left inside" shirt and the boys got pirate shirts and the like. They have a website for their stuff:

When we got out to the lighthouse, I was psyched to see they had opened the new museum in the old barn. Three volunteer docents were present, all Stuart Island folks, who were more than happy to answer all our questions.

Turn Point is an amazing combination of outstanding scenery, incredible natural history, fascinating nautical history and great cultural history. One of my favorite places in the entire country I'd have to say!

Despite pounding rain the entire hike back, our group of intrepid kids were absolutely happy and unfazed. If you act like it's normal and no big deal, then the kids do too!

We had an amazing trip as always, to one of the most desirable spots in the entire Salish Sea.

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