Taking a Walk on the Wild Side…

Jones Island Marine Park is truly one of the gems of the San Juan Islands. We were thrilled to motor up and find the dock wide open on Thursday morning so we gleefully put in our moorage registration for the maximum stay of three night.

 

5EB674F9-590F-44E3-8AA7-262201BA20C7

On the dock at Jones Island looking Northeast with Orcas Island to the left.

 

This popular 188 acre island is accessible only by boat and is dedicated to campers, kayakers and boaters. It even has ADA access and camping sites – how’s that for cool!!! Like many of the state parks in the San Juans the island has composting toilets and drinking water but you do have to pack out all your garbage.

 

58639CD9-5D29-414D-B14F-E341A415B8CE

What a primo campsite!

 

We love the four miles of hiking trails that ring the edges of the island and take you wandering through the interior forest. Jones has a wild, natural feel and our hike on Friday was definitely a walk on the wild side as low pressure front had moved into the islands.

 

6EE5B011-AA3F-421F-8F21-FF30E05DA554

 

Following the coastline, the wind was howling on the south and west sides of the island and the water white capping. A perfect day to be tied up to the dock and this was great way to spend the morning, wandering the island.

 

5DF0D363-8A8C-479E-B039-8E57794DC600

 

Luckily, the wind today wasn’t nearly as ferocious as the big storm in 1990 that tore through the San Juans and left Jones Island littered with thousands of downed trees. The park service had to close the island during the 1991 season to do major cleanup and restoration of the outbuildings, campsites, dock and trails. 90 to 100 mph winds did heavy damage on the north end of the island and the trees were strewn like toothpicks.

 

73BCCE36-0048-4A30-9DCA-6D18334297A0

 

There was much controversy about how much of the timber to remove and for the most part, the trees have been left where they fell, to become part of natures natural renewal process. On past visited we have seen numerous pileated woodpeckers doing their thing on the old, rotted timber.

 

CBBA1848-55C3-42A7-B3E4-7642E51BB57C

 

Today, the ghostly remains of the storm are still evident as you hike through the forest which is littered with the downed, moss covered trees. The canopy of the forest has returned and the deer, raccoons and many species of birds that call Jones Island home seem to be thriving.

 

B226408D-F7CD-4FA2-8ECA-BE76522E3726

 

Back at the Beach House, we hunkered in for a rainy afternoon. Choose one of many boat projects to tinker at or make some banana bread? Hmm, banana bread won hands down!!!

 

9C24224A-903B-4139-8FC0-B51C20645308

 

Hope your enjoying these blog posts so if you haven’t already hit the follow me button, do it!! ! Also, I love hearing from folks and look forward to reading your comments.

3 thoughts on “Taking a Walk on the Wild Side…

  1. What a peaceful and beautiful place. I’m amazed more people don’t know about the San Juan islands. They are just so gorgeous. (Not that that’s a bad thing… ). That storm must have really been something. Nature does not mess around.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s