Cruising Great Northern, Our DeFever 53, Throughout the Northwest
Sucia Island, San Juan Island Group, 11/14-11/16/22
A very long time ago I was looking at a nautical chart of the San Juan Island Archipelago. It was probably 40 or more years ago. Les and I had since moved to Southern California where we’ve spent the last 40+ years developing our careers and seeking our fortunes. As I cast my eyes about the chart I had… I thought about times I’d spent up in the San Juans fishing, diving, camping, boating… the usual pursuits of youth. I spent most of my time up there on San Juan Island, but further North… there were these two Islands: Sucia and Patos. Sucia was particularly interesting with its long fingers gouged out by the scraping and weight of mile thick ice slowing sliding South over the landscape.
Les and I finally made it out there last year and anchored in Echo Bay’, the largest open anchorage on Sucia. There was a mild SouthEasterly wind blowing right through Echo Bay at the time. It was enough to cause us to rock all night long, and since it was fairly crowded at the time we decided to leave in the morning and retreat to a more protected anchorage to the South.
We were docked at the Ludlow Marina, our winter home port, and in mid-November high pressure systems in the NorthWest gave us a weather window of low winds, sunny skies and opportunity. We took advantage of that and undertook a late Autumn cruise up to the San Juans. Sucia, Rosario, Friday Harbor, Prevost and Garrison were our targets. After our passage across the Strait… we anchored in Hunter Bay for the evening and took off for Sucia in the morning and found a wonderful anchorage in the channel just South of South Finger Island:
We made our way back towards Echo Bay and followed a trail along its NorthEast shore. It was a bit rugged and hugged an area just above the cliffs…