For as long as man has been venturing away from the shoreline he’s relied on paddles and sails to do so. And even though we’ve made significate advances in our propulsion systems we still rely on the two first forms of transportation to get us across the water from point A to point B. When I shot this photo such lofty thoughts weren’t floating in my brain. I just thought it had great composition. Still even a blind dog finds a bone now and then.

Carmen Wilson paddling across southern bay of Jones Isand with schooner in the background. July 19th  2009
Carmen Wilson paddling across southern bay of Jones Isand with schooner in the background. July 19th 2009

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Jones Island

The Washington State Park on Jones Island is a great place see a large variety of all kind of craft; but no surprise there as it is an island. But I’ve said it before, the San Juan’s Island group offers some spectacular beauty both on shore and on the water.

Islands are natural workshops of evolution. – Richard Dawkins

Jones Island was named by the Wilkes Expedition in 1841 in honor of Captain Jacob Jones, U.S. Navy. Jones, while master commandant of the sloop-of-war Wasp, captured the British brig Frolic on October 18, 1812. The park was acquired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1983.

The park is a 188-acre marine camping park with 25,000-feet of saltwater shoreline on the San Juan channel. The park features a beautiful loop trail down the center of the island then around the western shore. As always in this area, you have to be careful not to leave anything out that you don’t want raided by the crows or raccoons. By here you’re sure to run into the herds of habituated deer while roam the fields.

Little wonder this is such a popular place with the summer crowd.


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