This blog covers trips from the book and other favorites.

3/26/20

4 Puget Sound Webcams

I'm a big fan of webcams over looking Puget Sound for checking tide levels, to track incoming freighters to surf, ship spotting and to see how the Sound looks in different conditions.

Here' s a few of my favorites:

Ballard Elks Sunset Cam - I helped install this one as our Elks Paddling Club was looking for a way to see Shilshole Bay for all of the above purposes.  We even saw Poulsbo's 4th of July fireworks show last year! (it goes black and white at night).





Port Townsend Web Cam - You can control the direction of this cam!




Race Rocks Cam - SW of Victoria BC - You can control it and there's sound of the wildlife.  Race rocks gets a ton of wind, usually blowing 50-60kts!



Skunk Bay Webcam - Skunk Bay is between Hansville and Cape Foulweather on the Kitsap Peninsula.  Track Seventy48 racers in June!

3/25/20

Seattle Street Ends - Alternative Water Access

With limited water access with Seattle city parks being closed due to Covid-19, you can still access the water using Street Ends.

Street Ends are not traditional parks and are often overlooked.  In the past few years, the city has been improving a few street ends, such as E Allison Street and 28th Ave in Ballard.

Some are just turn-a-rounds, others don't have good water access, or lack easy parking. Scout out street ends near where you want to paddle.

Here's the list of Seattle Street Ends

Photo: 28th Ave NW street end (behind Nordic Museum). Has 3 2hr parking spots. Or park behind the Habitude building (former Fenpro building).

In Photo: Ballard Elks Paddling Club outing, Jan 2020. 


2/29/20

Federal Maritime Quarantine Station for Puget Sound opens at Diamond Point in Nov 1893

At the time of writing this, the covid-19, otherwise called Coronavirus is in the news and beginning to span to globe.  With that, I remembered about the quarantine station on Diamond Point in the late 19th century.  Diamond Point is Trip #37 in the book.

Diamond Point is also in the news as adjacent Miller Peninsula State Park will be expanding quite a bit fairly soon.  Read more from the Wa Trails Association

Here's some words from the History Link article on the quarantine station..

This essay made possible by:
The State of Washington
Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation.


In November 1893, the Federal Marine Quarantine Station for Puget Sound opens at Diamond Point, located at the northeastern tip of Clallam County across Discovery Bay from Port Townsend.  The Quarantine Station provides disinfection services for vessels wishing to enter Puget Sound, and an isolation hospital for passengers found to be suffering from or suspected of carrying infectious disease.  The facility will grow from three to 27 buildings
over the course of its 43 operational years.
A "Pest House" for People
Dr. B. S. Conover, previously in charge of quarantine services at the Port Townsend Marine Hospital, was the establishing physician.  After a few months he was succeeded by Dr. William G. Stimpson.
The site of the quarantine station, now Diamond Point but then known as Clallam Point, was part of a military reservation established by President Andrew Johnson (1808-1875) in 1866 and dissolved in 1870. The Diamond Point land was then privately owned until 1892, when the federal government purchased 156 acres on which to build the quarantine station.
The Quarantine Hospital was an adjunct of the Port Townsend Marine Hospital.  The By Juan de
Fuca's Strait   
Marine Hospital at Port Townsend was founded by Dr. Samuel M. McCurdy (1805-1865) in 1855 to provide medical services to seamen. Isolation facilities were primitive:  Sailors with contagious diseases were isolated in a "pest-house."  James G.  McCurdy describes this isolation facility in .... READ MORE..






Rob Casey is author of Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, 60 Trips and Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers, both by Mountaineers Books.  He owns Salmon Bay Paddle a SUP school in Seattle.  Get in touch: rob@salmonbaypaddle.com

Paddle to Kinney Point on Marrowstone Island

Two years ago while training for the SEVENTY48 I joined fellow crazy paddlers, PT resident Bandon Davis and Seattle friend Sean Nordquist in paddling in PT Canal.
Launching from the boat ramp beach at Port Hadlock, we enjoyed flying down the canal using the ebb then paddled around the south end of Marrowstone Island to Kinney Point. Trip #34
It was low tide so aside from our fins hitting sand a few times we enjoyed the marine life 2-3' below our feet. I remember over dressing for the unusually warm early Spring day.
At Kinney Point (see pics) we landed and explored the WWTA Cascadia Marine Trail site up the hill. There was a bench on a forested medium bluff overlooking the beach and a few forested tent sites. Looked like a great off the beaten path spot.
We paddled back after a bit and found enough eddies for eddy hopping our way back up the ebb current. Brandon took the west side and we both found a good options.
In the pic, Brandon and I have his 14' stitch and glue SUPs with internal storage. He has since designed 18'x26" carbon SUPs with storage, I think available only by request. Brandon is available at Turn Point Design in PT.
The currents in PT canal are tricky and not a clear ebb and flood per other flows nearby. Make sure to check local current and cruising guides to time it right. The Portage isn't bad if you have to!


Rob Casey is author of Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, 60 Trips and Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers, both by Mountaineers Books.  He owns Salmon Bay Paddle a SUP school in Seattle.  Get in touch: rob@salmonbaypaddle.com



2/11/20

Eglon Beach to Point No Point - Trip #20

Views of Point No Point and the beach between the PNP Lighthouse and Eglon Beach. Trip #20 in the book.

The point is a glimpse of what West Point and other low points around the Sound looked like prior to being developed.  Lots of history there.

I paddled it during the Seventy48 Race last year. Beautiful mostly undeveloped beach worth checking out.  Fun tide-rips off PNP.

I ended my Seventy48 race at the point realizing I'd rather be enjoying the beach vs trudging on for last 20 miles (had already done 50 in less than 24hrs).

Access via Eglon Beach or PNP. No legal camping in there but lots of great guerilla spots.

Get a burger and shake at Hansgrille at Hansville just beyond the point. Fun local scene there.

Photos from the web.






Rob Casey is author of Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, 60 Trips and Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers, both by Mountaineers Books.  He owns Salmon Bay Paddle a SUP school in Seattle.  Get in touch: rob@salmonbaypaddle.com

12/25/19

Shipwreck Point - Mukilteo

A friend reminded me of the abandoned ship south of Mukilteo.  Looking at it’s location, it’s at Shipwreck Point (also called Franzen Beach), once used to burn 26 old ships. Richmond Beach also had active ship building activity, something families would come out and have picnics to watch.

A mill was once at the point followed by a family who resided at Shipwreck Point since the 1920's. They later operated the ship breaking business. 

The ship at the point is the Pacific Queen, a minesweeper from WW2.  Great info here about the vessel.

The Mukilteo Historical Society has an informative article on the family that lived there since the 1920’s. Read more

The screenshot Google Earth aerial here shows some other ship remains. 

Read about access info from Picnic Point Note that beach access is off limits, maybe aim for a high tide to float in without touching bottom.  






Rob Casey is author of Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, 60 Trips and Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers, both by Mountaineers Books.  He owns Salmon Bay Paddle a SUP school in Seattle.  Get in touch: rob@salmonbaypaddle.com

10/11/19

Seattle's Salmon Bay Historical Photo


View of Seattle's Salmon Bay looking north from Magnolia, about 1880. 

Note the shoreline reaching out on both sides in the middle. Both were dredged to make shipping easier entering the Locks above. On the left, the last of the Shilshole people, Salmon Bay Charlie has his native Salish style house near the tree.  

The bay's mouth known as sHulsHoolootSeed was described as 'like shoving thread through a needle'. It had to be accessed at high tide for shipping.  

Chutqeedud is the sand spit on the right or Ballard side translated as 'lying curled up,' was known for great clamming.

Read more about this area in Coll Thrush's book Native Seattle.  







Rob Casey is author of Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, 60 Trips and Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers, both by Mountaineers Books.  He owns Salmon Bay Paddle a SUP school in Seattle.