I had met a wonderful couple while I was in Blind Bay. They had ventured over in their dinghy to see Shatoosh up close. They came aboard and we had a wonderful chat. They were on their sailboat on the next buoy over. They left a gem for me that immediately was tucked inside my planner. Vendovi Island was now open to visitors during the day. Oh my gosh, what an opportunity. Rachel, my old friend had worked with the San Juan Preservation Trust to purchase the island. She had gone to view the island before she died and loved it. I had seen her photos and had wanted to go, but it was closed to the general public.
see link http://sjpt.org/places-projects/preserves-easement/sjpt-preserves/vendovi-island-preserve/
I am excited when I awake, even though there was rain during the night. Nothing is going to dampen my spirits on this day. Vendovi, here I come. It is a short hop over 4nm and since I am early I pull off to look at some beaches on the west side that are so beautiful. Later I learn that it is called Sunset Beach. Most fitting, as one would see Cypress Island to the west and Lummi Island to the north.
I see a mast of a sailboat over the breakwater, so figure someone is there early, too. I go ahead and enter slowly, as the big tide is ebbing again. The north cove, breakwater and dock are a dream come true with the caretakers house overlooking the grand view. I tie up and organize my things for the day's adventure. The caretakers meet me. Shawn and Heather own the Westsail 32 that is docked next to me. They have cruised extensively in Mexico, but are from Bellingham. What an opportunity for them to care take this place. I sign the guest register and am on my way to Sunset Beach.
|Vendovi Island with Lummi Island in the distance|
|Breakwater and cove|
|How beautiful is this?|
|Lummi to the north|
|What would make this grow like this?|
|A cedar forest.|
|Lichen and Moss|
|What is this?|
|Looks Like Old Rock to Me|
|A Haida Mask?|
|A beach Warrior|
|Another Mysterious Piece of Wood|
|V for Vendovi|
|Its time to depart|
The tide is out again and the ramp steep.
|While not on Vendovi|
Rachel's beautiful smile
I remember the photo of you, smiling as you sat on a bench on Vendovi. I sat on
the beach smiling too. Vendovi, you are a rare gem in the archipelago of islands. I must return.
Shawn Breeding and Heather Bansmer are coauthors of Cruising Guidebooks for The Sea of Cortez and a recent publication on the San Juan Islands.http://exploringcortez.com/ec_authors.html