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Paddling Across Puget Sound - Seattle to Bainbridge Island

Around 2005ish, neighbor Paul Edmondson called saying he was on Blake Island and out of beer.  I poked out the window to make sure he wasn't outside my house as usual.  Two hours later I launched at Constellation Park near Alki Beach for my first solo crossing of Puget Sound.

It was late summer, a hot day, and the water was flat calm.  Mid way a freighter checked in on the VHF reporting seeing a hundred indian canoes in Admiralty Inlet. I remember thinking how cool! The canoes were from the annual Tribal Journeys trip probably headed to a nearby landing.  I made the 4 mile crossing in about 2 hours landing on Blake with fresh beer for Paul (and myself).

I had since made that trip several times, including doing it twice from Ballard to Blake to cut out the Alki commute from our neighborhood of Ballard.

1 mile to Bainbridge.
Today neighbor Todd Switzer called "Wanna do a quick trip to Bainbridge?"  A frequent kayak fisherman, he's been longing for a longer trip and more exercise.  45 minutes later, we launched from the Elks Beach in Ballard.  We stopped at West Point to add on a few layers as the wind was picking up.  We crossed to Skiff Point on Bainbridge within an hour, took a few pics, then headed back.  Aided by current and a S wind both directions, we made the entire trip in 2.5hrs.

In all my paddling on Shilshole Bay, I hadn't crossed directly to Bainbridge. It was easier than I thought and will be doing it again soon, hoping to explore the shoreline more once on the other side.

Nearing shore. 

Skiff Point. Looks like a great point break for waves.

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