The official blog of guidebook author and outdoors writer and photographer, Craig Romano
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Samish Island Cycling
When is an island not an island? When’s its Samish Island! While Samish ceased being an island in 1932 thanks to tenacious farmers filling-in mud flats and enterprising engineers building a dike for a highway, it still feels like an island. Slow pace, isolated and surrounded by marvelous maritime views! The views north to Lummi Island and the BC Coast range are particularly delightful. So is the one east to Baker rising above Blanchard Mountain. And of course there are great views too west to the San Juan Islands (real islands) and the Olympic Mountains. Yesterday Heather and I took advantage of a spring-like day and cycled from Padilla Bay to Samish and back. What a day- and what a beautiful corner of our new home, Skagit County. We could only reflect on how crowded the Burke-Gilman bike path back in Seattle must have been. You can have it! We’re never going back!
(photos- Heather at DNR Samish Island Beach, Lummi Island from DNR beach)
World Hiker- Official Blog of Guidebook Author Craig Romano
Banner Photo: Salt Spring Island seen from Kanaka Bluff on Princess Margaret Island, Gulf Islands National Park Preserve, British Columbia (June 2012); a featured hike in my upcoming book, Day Hiking San Juan and Gulf Islands.
Born in Connecticut, raised in New Hampshire, and living in Washington state since 1989. Fiercly proud of New England and Italian roots. Capiche? Writer and Guidebook Author of: Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula, Day Hiking North Cascades, Day Hiking Central Cascades,
Best Hikes with Dogs Inland Northwest, Winter Hikes of Western Washington, and Columbia Highlands-Exploring Washington's Last Frontier, Backpacking Washington, and Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge(all published by Mountaineers Books). Co-author Day Hiking Eastern Washington with Rich Landers. Currently working on Day Hiking San Juan and Gulf Islands (Spring 2014)and Day Hiking Mount St Helens (with Aaron Theisen) Spring 2015. Co-author of Best Wildflower Hikes (Mountaineers Books) and Natural Skagit (SLT). Columnist for Northwest Runner and Outdoors NW. Co-creator of Hikeoftheweek.com.