Lighthouse Tour

Lighthouse Tour

This week’s trip is lighthouse themed, there are a handful of lighthouses among the San Juan Islands and we toured a bunch of them. We had a smaller group this time, only 8 passengers, it’s nice sometimes to have fewer people to cook for and then I get more of a chance to talk to them.

Day 1
Lunch: Hot turkey sliders, spinach salad with cucumbers and strawberries and honey mustard dressing, carrot salad with lemon vinaigrette
Dinner: Rock fish with romesco sauce, seared polenta squares and green beans
Dessert: Chamomile honey bundt cake with orange segments and whipped cream

Our first day out we stopped at Burrows Island Light Station, tendered people ashore and explored. The lighthouse itself was nice but the better part was the light keeper’s house, run down and abandoned. I went in through the basement and explored one half of the building and went through the attic to get to the other side, it’s a duplex. The Northwest Schooner Society is currently collecting donations and working on repairing the buildings.

Day 2
Breakfast: Zucchini and corn frittata with sausage, grapes and English muffin bread
Lunch: Vietnamese caramelized pork with rice and zesty coleslaw
Dinner: Chicken piccata with spring greens pasta and green salad

The next day we stopped at Turn Point Lighthouse on Stuart Island, the shore party hiked out to the light and by the time they got back I had an appetizer laid out for them. It was a good thing I did too because they were cold and a little wet but Scott seemed to need it most of all. The battery on the small boat failed so the engine wouldn’t start so Scott rowed the wooden launch ashore to fetch the passengers.

Day 3
Breakfast: Dutch babies with lemon curd and blueberries, yoghurt and granola
Lunch: Roasted cauliflower soup with sourdough bread and salad
Dinner: Pot roast with brown butter mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables
Dessert: Chocolate cobbler with ice cream

Finally, we got good weather on our third day, this allowed us to set the main sail, we hadn’t done it yet this trip because there was too much wind. Having a small group of passengers and not a lot of crew means that I sometimes end up helping raise the sails, the main is huge, it’s the largest on the West coast. We sailed close by to Canada and were able to see East Point Light on Saturna Island and then stopped at Patos Island Lighthouse to have a look around until it was time for dinner. It was another cold evening and a hot pot roast for dinner was very satisfying.

Day 4
Breakfast: Potato farls, scrambled eggs, roasted tomatoes, herby goat cheese spread
Lunch: Pork tacos al pastor, Spanish rice and refried beans

On our way back to Bellingham we stopped at one more island for one last light station, Vendovi Island. Overall it was a great trip and I look forward to going on it again next year so I can make it ashore to a few more lighthouses.


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