This day brought some adventure to us. Our plan was to go through Deception Pass between Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands, but timing had to be very good because of the high current possibilities in this pass. If you do not time it right, then you could get stuck in currents running 8-knots with eddy currents that could push you into the rocks. But, if you plan it correctly, then currents are less than 1-knot and you can pass safely. We planned correctly and didn’t have any issues getting through.
Once through the pass, then we had to navigate a pretty narrow channel to keep from running aground in the mud of the shallow bay. It is well marked, but you can go from 15 feet of water to 3 feet of water in a very short time. When your boat takes nearly 5 feet of water to float…well, you can see what could happen. These are 2 markers that you line up with each other. When they are, you are centered in the channel.
Our goal of the day was to reach a town named La Conner. It is on the Swinomish Channel which is the body of water that makes Fidalgo Island an island. Here is Rainbow Bridge at the southern part of town.
La Conner is a fun waterfront town with many shops and restaurants to visit.
We called ahead and made arrangements to tour the American Tug factory in town. This particular boat dwarfs Kelli. It is the 49 foot version of the 34 foot one we chartered. It’s amazing what an extra 15 feet of boat does to the other dimensions.
It was a little rainy this day, so we had to be careful where we stepped. This little guys was enjoying the rain.