|Mariah enjoying the Cruise, passing Clark and Barnes Islands|
We departed Anacortes on April 8th at 2pm with our older two grandchildren on spring break, they will meet up with their parents once we arrive in Vancouver B.C. We had beautiful weather and flat calm seas for the entire three-hour cruise to Sucia Island.
After arriving at 4:40pm, we moored to a
State Park buoy in Fossil Bay and quickly got the dinghy down to make use of
the remaining daylight. Java went too,
of course, and was a real trooper hiking the trails on the Island, checking out
the beaches, and trying to stay ahead of our younger, energetic hikers.
Sucia Island, a long-standing favorite, has many
interesting sandstone rock formations, caves, and crevices sculpted by the wind
The Caves, referred to as China
Caves, are found at the north end of Shallow Bay and played a part in history
during the Prohibition, the perfect spot to hide or smuggle alcohol into the
States. Silks, opium, sheep wool, and
even Chinese laborers were all smuggled contraband at one time or another. These caves were a favorite climbing area for
our sons when they were young, a piece of history our grandchildren, Mariah and
Porter, were interested to learn. We all
decided the boys had been quite bold to climb up to the highest caves tucked
along the sandstone cliffs; we stood there staring up, imaging the dare-devil
The Spanish were the first Europeans
to explore the Island; Captain Eliza in 1790 labeled the Island on his map as Isla
Sucia, which in the nautical sense means Foul Island, so called no doubt due to
its many reefs.
It was a short but fun
excursion for the Landon expedition, time to head back to the boat for dinner
and a movie, a scene the Spanish probably could never have imagined.
|Mariah and Porter on Sucia Island|
|Sandstone, nature's sculpture medium|
|Exploring the lower China Caves|
|Beautiful Trails on Sucia Island|
|Marine State Park|