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Blake Island

March 19-20, 2011« More activities from 2011

Really nice weather and a great trip on the Yankee Clipper manned by the Sea Scouts. They dropped us at the Blake Island dock, and we wheelbarrowed and carried our gear a short distance to a very nice group campsite. We setup camp and Scouts played on the beach below the campsite and some tried their hands at lashing spars. We had a campfire and made dutch oven desserts in the evening. We woke up on Sunday to a beautiful sunrise, ate breakfast, and took a hike around the island on the beach (5 miles). We ate lunch back at camp, and headed down to the dock by about 3pm to leave the island. Winds and waves picked up, so the boat trip back was exciting. Just shy of the dock in West Seattle, the boat engine got stuck in high reverse. The Skipper had to kill the engine and tie the boat to the pier. Waves pushed the boat into the pier causing some damage before the engine problem was solved. We were able to dock under the watchful eye of the Coast Guard who then boarded the boat and checked all passengers and boat safety features before allowing us to leave. Tough ending to an otherwise excellent trip. – MHG

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