Join us for a pre-season paddle to Vendovi Island. We will enjoy its rugged shoreline, established coniferous forests, and the floral richness of its rare indigenous prairie plant communities. The focus of this trip will be to enjoy the spectacular views of this part of the San Juan Islands and photograph early wildflowers. We hope to find the lovely white fawn lily redolent in its full floral splendor. Since many plants are early this year, mid-season beauties such as camas and paintbrush may also be in bloom.
Perhaps one of the least-known of the 172 islands in the San Juan Islands, Vendovi Island lies 7 miles north of Anacortes, in Skagit County, between Guemes and Lummi Islands, Vendovi Island has just over 220 acres of land and 13,000 feet of shoreline. Vendovi was a privately-owned island until its purchase for $6.4 million by the San Juan Preservation Trust in 2010.
We will launch from Young's park on N Guemes, Island
Total distance to be covered is about 8 nm. This paddle involves a 2.3 mile crossing with considerable fetch. Immersion wear is required.
The trip plan includes an optional get together at the Rockfish Restaurant and brewery in Anacortes.
Meet at 9:30 am at the Guemes Island Ferry, 500 I Ave, Anacortes for the 9:45 sailing.