After exploring around Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula and San Juan Islands, the Wilderness Adventurer made a final stop at the state marine park on Sucia Island. Washington has a number of marine parks throughout the San Juan Islands. Sucia Island had some mooring bouys where smaller boats tied up, but the Wildernes Adventurer anchored a bit farther out. Next to a regular cruise ship this 60-passenger expedition vessel would look tiny, but compared to ordinary boats it appears gigantic.
The crew quickly launched the skiffs to take passengers to shore. Options included a bluff hike around the edges of the island, a meander through the woods, or just chilling out on the beach. We picked the meander.
The first trail took us through wild rose bushes and up to a bluff trail view. After following along the edge of the island for a bit we took a turn into the forest. At one point the trail got a bit steep and a few people turned back, but most went on.
We saw a lot of wildflowers along the way. Eventually the trail crossed a small bridge. Further on we came to an outhouse in the middle of the woods. Or perhaps it was a composting toilet, I’m not sure since I didn’t go inside the little building housing the rustic facility, but it was open and available and some people made use of it.
Not far from the toilet the trail opened out onto a deserted beach with small caves in the rock wall running from the beach up to the bluff.
The water surrounding the island looked calm and crystal clear. It looks inviting, but most people wouldn’t want to swim there because it is too cold.
After spending some time on that beach we hiked back to the beach where the skiffs landed. While we enjoyed nature on our hike the crew had come to the beach and started a bonfire in one of the fire pits the park provides.
On a nearby picnic table they had barbecued chicken wings and other tasty treats ready for passengers to enjoy. Since this was a beer themed cruise, our beer hosts, Kim and Kendall of Washington Beer Blog presented the beers for the day’s theme – good beers that come in cans. Cans are better for hiking because they are lighter than bottles and can be crushed to take up minimal backpack space after use.
One of the crew pulled out a guitar and we had some time for songs and relaxing and enjoying tasty snacks on the beach with views of the forest and bay. A great way to celebrate all the fun we had on that cruise.