KAYAKING WASHINGTON STATE AND EXPLORING ABANDONED SHIPS (PART 1)
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While kayaking Washington state, I discovered a half sunken ship. Being the curious urban exploration type, I could not let my thirst to explore this abandoned boat not be satisfied. So I set out on this little adventure and quest to explore some of the fascinating ships and boats anchored in Steamboat Slough. There are not a whole lot of places in Seattle where one can explore abandoned ships. Steamboat Slough near Everett, Washington is one of those places. There are a few abandoned boats scatter throughout the area waiting to be explored. This is part one of a two part series on me and my determination to explore the SS Elusive Dream.
The cool thing about Washington state, there are so many places that are excellent for kayaking so one can never be bored. If ever you are wondering where to kayak in Seattle, put this place on your list.
Long Beach, Washington - YouTube Travel
This is the World's Longest Beach and it's in the Pacific North West, Washington State.
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crabbing, Ocean Shores Washington
Bare hand crabbing, Dungeness crabs
Cape Flattery sea Cave2.MP4
Sea Cave at Cape Flattery, WA 7.9.11
Willapa Bay PacificNorthwest
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Willapa Bay is a bay located on the southwest Pacific coast of Washington state in the United States. The Long Beach Peninsula separates Willapa Bay from the greater expanse of the Pacific Ocean. With over 260 square miles of water surface Willapa Bay is the second-largest estuary on the United States Pacific coast.
Kayaking to the Goat Island Gun Emplacements
Goat Island lies at the mouth of the Swinomish Channel, which connects La Conner with the Skagit Bay. In addition to a rustic Washington Water Trails campsite, the island contains some interesting and huge gun emplacements gradually being overtaken by moss and madrona trees..
Put in at the La Conner boat ramp, directly under the Swinomish Channel bridge, and paddle South. Keep going straight ahead as the channel turns, and head for the orange marker on the long rock jetty. Pass through the Fish Hole and turn right, down the Skagit River to Goat Island. The campsite is in a nice bay on the west side of the island.
The gun emplacements are reached by paddling around to the North side of the island, back into the Swinomish Channel, and looking for a nasty little beach next to a knife-edge cliff jutting out into the water. Look for a dark hand-line ascending the very steep trail, and at the top go another 100 feet through the woods to the spooky concrete bunkers and moss-covered gun mounts.
Historylink.org and fortwiki.com have great write-ups about the Fort Flagler history and guns from WW I through WW II. Here's an excerpt...
Triangle of Fire - The Harbor Defenses of Puget Sound (1897-1953)
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Admiralty Inlet was considered so strategic to the defense of Puget Sound at the turn of the century that three forts were built at the entrance with huge guns creating a Triangle of Fire that could theoretically thwart any invasion attempt by sea. Fort Worden, on the Quimper Peninsula at the extreme northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, sits on a bluff near Port Townsend, anchoring the northwest side of the triangle. Fort Casey, on Whidbey Island, sits on Admiralty Head almost directly across Admiralty Inlet from Fort Worden. Fort Flagler anchors the southwest side from a bluff on Marrowstone Island. Two additional fortifications, at Fort Ward and Middle Point, were strategically located at the entrance to Rich Passage to protect the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton. Fort Whitman, located on Goat Island in Skagit Bay was positioned to guard Deception Pass and Saratoga Pass, the back entrance into Puget Sound. Together, these fortifications constituted the Harbor Defenses of Puget Sound. All six former U.S. Army forts are now owned by the State of Washington and have become state parks.
Surf Perch Fishing & Crabbing On The Washington Coast. Ft. @Mav
In this episode of Addicted Life we're going after Surf Perch and hoping to get on some dungeness crabs off the docks. This is a special episode featuring our good buddy Mavrik Joos. @Mav is currently traveling around the US fishing and living in his truck. He came through and fished with us for a few days a couple months back. This day we decided to mix it up and do something different because the salmon fishing wasn't treating us well. We landed on some decent surf perch fishing and even got a few crab. Be sure to watch the full episode, because some really cool stuff happens!
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World Mark Discovery Bay Washington State
03.06.16 trip to Worldmark Discovery Bay WA. Tour inside our hotel room.
Diablo Lake - Skagit River Gorge
The color of Diablo Lake in Washington State is a vibrant blue that does not seem possible.
Mouth of Willapa Bay - 4K - Yuneec Typhoon H
This aerial video was shot near North Cove at the north edge of the entrance to Willapa Bay on the Pacific Coast in Washington State. We pretty much had the place to ourselves (except for Sea Gulls). The brown water in the tide pool is interesting. It may be from the rip-rap placed to protect the adjacent roadway. Great weather for flying! Enjoy.
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Kayak Adventure 950 km 4 months in US west coast, DAY 52
I woke up to an alarm at 4:00 a.m., downed to a sandy shore of the river at 5:00 a.m. before dawn, and packed up to kayak. Although the Pacific Ocean was still far away downstream 40 miles on the Columbia River from here, the tide of the ocean already influenced river water around here. As the sea level was rising, the river water was flowing back from downstream to upstream. If possible, I preferred to avoid enormous effort to kayak against the current. Therefore, I had checked a tide graph that is shifting daily, and started to paddle with the current at 7:50 a.m. It began to rain shortly before a departure. I could not have departed forever if I had waited for the rain to stop, because the west coast of Washington State has rich rain.
Glamorous forest embracing the rain stretched out on both banks endlessly. Vast sand bars covered by woods became to appear ahead frequently, so I could see that I came near to the mouth of the river. Realizing the end of the trip down the Columbia River by seeing the sign of presence of the ocean, I felt a mixture of great joy to come this far and anxiety about next leg.
Chill wind and rain became gradually stronger. Although I wore fleecy jacket and pants, and wool socks under a dry suit, I shivered with cold. The kayak having a tail wind accelerated slowly and reached the maximum speed of seven Mile/Hour. Drawing a V-shaped long bow-wave, a sharp bow bounced up and down with waves and cut through a water. Keels, which was shaped like wing and was inserted into the water from both side of the kayak, was not able to resist water pressure produced by its fast flow, and was gradually pushed up into the air; it forced me to push keels back frequently.
The wind grew stronger. I turned the kayak right for a riverbank in order to leave a windswept center region of the river, and sail along forest on the bank of river to avoid the wind as much as possible, when I sailed around the middle of the river width of 1.2 miles. Then, the wind fanned the kayak from the right side and disrupted the balance of the kayak. Heading the kayak in a straight line became difficult, because a rudder on the kayak that was steered by foot pedals and a paddle that was inserted into water as an auxiliary rudder were not good enough for steering force. Fear of a sudden attack of stronger wind-gust crossed my mind.
The weather seemed to be worse. I decided to land on anywhere I could pitch a tent regardless of its environment and to finish today's leg because I felt that it would be dangerous if the wind picked up. However, at 12:30 p.m., at the first landing sandy beach, I gave up pitching the tent and returned on the river because there was only a low ground where high tide water probably would wash the tent.
Sailing the kayak along forest on the right bank for more one mile, I found a beach with a shed where was obviously private land. I landed on it although I did not know if I could get a permission to pitch the tent, because I thought that I could not find easily some beach where somebody never set foot on even if I continued to kayak ahead for locating some place, and thought that I had no other choice in such worsening weather. It was 1:10 p.m.
However, a landowner was away from home. I decided await his return although I did not know when he came back, because of the tough situation to move the kayak more ahead. While I was waiting for him, the weather was getting worse further, and I was surprised that the tail wind changed into a head wind before I was aware. Waiting two hours, finally I could get a permission to stay from Leon Gollersrud who returned to home, and felt relived. I set to work immediately to break up the kayak and pulled up those from sandy beach with helps from Leon and his friend Sam Valdez.
I soon know that Leon is a very kind-hearted person, although the first impression of him wearing sunglass was tough looking. Leon and his wife, Linda, were astonished that a man surprisingly on the kayak landed on their beach suddenly. They fed me a beer and lunch, gave me a hot bath, and offered to stay in the comfortable shed with an old sofa bed beside the beach. Here again, I am wrapped up in warm affection, and my heart is brimming over with happiness and peace despite the demanding journey.
I kayaked for 5 hours and 20 minutes for 21 miles today.
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Airboat Flying on Willapa Bay Washington
Willapa Bay is a bay located on the southwest Pacific coast of Washington state in the United States. The Long Beach Peninsula separates Willapa Bay from the greater expanse of the Pacific Ocean.
Highway 101 headed south somewhere in Washington. What a great road trip!
ULTIMATE COAST GUARD BOATS
Video shot and edited by Bryan M. Liles. This video has been posted with Fountains approval and was provided by fountain to post.
BUSINESS AT FULL THROTTLE
Although the title on his business card says, Reggie Fountain, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board and President, it scarcely touches upon the extent of his actual involvement. Unlike any other CEO in the performance boating industry, Reggie Fountain is hands-on every step of the way. He's as likely to be under a boat covered in fiberglass dust to fine-tune a new bottom design, as he is to be sitting behind his desk pouring over financial statements.
Like so many boat builders, Fountain started his company after evaluating the market and coming to the conclusion that he could do it better. History tells that unlike most, Fountain succeeded.
For his aforementioned R&D program with Mercury, in 1978 Fountain contracted with Bill Farmer of Excalibur Boats in Sarasota, Florida to use one of Farmer's 31' V-bottoms. As the testing program progressed, Fountain couldn't resist the temptation to tinker with the boat. A little sandpaper on the running surface netted a speed increase. Handcrafted putty strakes improved handling and further modifications on the stern drive height improved acceleration. Before long, Reggie had made so many changes the boat no longer resembled the original. The forerunner to the first Fountain was born.
Encouraged by the incredible performance gains, Fountain next attacked the deck and hull design. As the development process continued, Fountain noticed a growing market for the highly customized test boats. A short time later, Fountain Powerboats was born in an abandoned used car dealership just outside Reggie's residence in Washington, North Carolina near the Pamlico River.
With his revolutionary bottom designs, Fountain was one of the first to successfully utilize a notched transom, pad keel running surface for improved handling and performance. The competition is still trying to keep up with Reggie's unequaled drive to design the best performing boats on the water.
In addition to taking offshore sport boat performance to a new level, Fountain pioneered the use of space-age laminates in the boating industry. He was among the first to use bi-, tri- and quad-directional fiberglass along with lightweight coring material. While other manufacturers shunned these materials, preferring to stick with old-fashioned heavy laminates, Fountain proved they could work, which was a benefit to the entire industry. Today, because of Fountain's innovative thinking, all boats are lighter and stronger than they ever were in the past.
Drawing on more than 45 years of experience in all aspects of racing and pleasure boating, Fountain personally masterminds all engineering and new product Research and Development. Considered among the most innovative minds in the boating world, in 1992, Fountain took the state of the art one giant step forward with the introduction of Positive Lift, a breakthrough step-bottom design that added more than 10 percent to Fountain's already superior top-end performance while improving handling and cornering agility. A company that never stops its R&D, Fountain then took its innovative Positive Lift designs even further with the introduction in 1998 of its Super Ventilated running surface. This race-proven hull design raised the standard even higher with quicker times to plane, added midrange punch and still faster top-end speeds. Fountains have often been imitated, but no one can duplicate the smoothest, fastest, safest, best-handling boats on the water.
Once a plug is created, Fountain performs all initial on-the-water testing and then collaborates with his staff on interior design and graphic styling. To this day, Fountain still logs approximately 1,000 hours a year on the water. Before they are shipped to a dealer network that expands to all corners of the United States and the world, Fountain personally tests many of his boats to make sure they all meet his exacting standards.
Time permitting; Reggie continues to offer personal instruction in the finer points of operating a high-performance boat to many of the customers who visit his North Carolina facility. For many, getting a driving lesson from Fountain is like getting pointers from a professional tour player on their golf game. Fountain has attained celebrity status unlike any other boat manufacturer in history.
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GoPro: Drainage Ditch Kayaking
This is sketch. I don't like this at all. Rush Sturges and Ben Marr decide to kayak a drainage ditch in Lions Bay, British Columbia. It's a 800+ meter descent, with top speeds of 72 km/hr (45mph).
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WHALE WATCHING from Cape Flattery! | Cape Flattery Trail
Looking for orcas and whales from the tip of Cape Flattery! No luck this time, but the views were amazing and we are definitely going to come back out. Cape Flattery Trail is a moderate difficulty, short hike with beautiful coasts! Be sure to visit if you get the chance!
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Harvesting Oysters (for Dummies!)
Many public clam and oyster beaches around Washington State's Puget Sound and Hood Canal are only accessible by boat, and make great sea kayaking destinations. Refer to the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Shellfish Harvesting Rules as well as the Department of Health Shellfish Safety Site.
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Mike’s Beach Resort Lilliwaup Washington WA - CampgroundViews.com
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Mike’s Beach Resort in Lilliwaup Washington offers water front RV camping catering to long term stays. In addition the company operates a RV and tent camping area on the inland side of US 101 that is suitable to short term guests. This area is accessed via a gravel road with backin sites on grass. Large enough to fit a good size RV if not full the area is surrounded by trees.
For the waterfront RV sites the rigs are setup nose to tail in a manner that would preclude them from ever getting in and out easily.
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La Conner, WA | Kayaking + Great Grub
On July 3rd, my friends and I went on an adventure to La Conner, WA.
We had a great time kayaking with La Conner Kayak and dining on some delish dishes at Nell Thorn.
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Best Dolphin & Whale Watching Destinations in the USA. TOP 20
Best Dolphin & Whale Watching Destinations in the USA. TOP 20: Alaska, California, Florida, Washington, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama