I've always thought this category is way too inclusive, considering the PNW from Olympia to Alaska
is one of the greatest cruising grounds in the world. And although so many of the awesome posts here are of long voyages on blue water
, there are countless wonderful shorter trips here in the Salish Sea that lay at the feet of millions. And yet, these waters are largely empty in the winter.
We go year round, and love the winter for the beauty and solitude. There is nothing like being on Stuart Island or Jones Island, or Tumbo Island or for this trip, Portland
Island, and having the entire island to yourself. It is a perfect get away.
You just have to be extra sure of your equipment
, and willing to be bundled up! My boys and I just got back from a four day trip up into BC and Portland
Island and had a wonderful time. Both nights we had stiff winds right into our anchorage, and on the first night and morning we had a blizzard! Yet we were snug as bugs and on our return trip had dazzling sunlight and snow capped islands for views.
For a few photos and more you can see my blog, which I have never monetized: https://gulf32aeolus.blogspot.com/20...nd-joy-at.html
here in the PNW are crammed with boats all winter long, and yet we did not see a single
, not a SINGLE
, other personal boat
on the water
all the way from Friday Harbor to Portland Island and back. And we never sailed in winds above 15 knots.
It was perfect.