Adventuring on Orcas Island

15 Jul, 2012

One of the best perks about launching a new version of is being able to share travel experiences that go beyond snowboarding. It’s been years since I’ve been to the San Juan Islands and even longer since I was on Orcas Island so when I got the text that I was invited for a mini-vacation, I immediately changed my plans to make it happen.

Accessible by ferry, Orcas Island is a true waterfront island full of fun adventures. I had spent 4th of July’s here, camping journeys and always loved the relaxing views the island had to offer. This week Capitadog and I loaded up the truck for the ferry ride to the island and met up with friends at their family home.

img_5730 Since I tried stand up paddleboarding last summer, I loved that it was something I could bring my dog with me along for the ride. We ended up mcgyvering a windsurf board to be a paddle board and played around most of the days padding on our knees, standing up and sitting down while cruising around on the water. It was fun to bring my dog back on the board with me, of course she prefers to swim than sit still for so long.


One of the days we took a walk along the road with the dogs. It was good to reflect on the past couple months, plans for the future and a reminder to remain optimistic. Good walks are the best ways to clear the head.


On the last day, everyone got together to kayak on the East Sound. We rented kayaks with the dogs and headed out into the water to cruise around.

My dog enjoying the views of the water on the front of the kayak


My dear friend Anjanette paddling the open water


Leaving the island, passing another ferry on the way home.



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From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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  1. July 16, 2012

    Baaaaaaah, I need to get there!

  2. July 16, 2012

    BTW, nice redesign!

    • August 03, 2012

      Thanks Justin! Love Orcas, beautiful place to visit!