This extremely special San Juan Island experience blends backpack camping on Cypress Island with a guided tour of protected Vendovi Island just for us!
We’ll be transported on a gorgeous Cutwater 30 cruiser named Lookfar from Anacortes to camp and explore Cypress Island. The next day we’ll join San Juan Preservation Trust to learn about Vendovi Island’s indigenous history, Black history connection to Father Divine, and the importance of conservation, stewardship, and preservation of our land and marine spaces. This will be a fully self-supported backpacking experience where we’ll carry all of our own camping equipment, water, and food. If you have questions about equipment let us know. If you need equipment we may be able to help so let us know.
We will be practicing the mindset of Leave No Trace during this campout. Be prepared for all weather/environmental conditions, this is a PNW rain or shine activity.
Vendovi is a remote island and it’s a rare privilege to be among its pristine beaches, lush forests, native grasslands, rich wildflower meadows, healthy wetlands, and diverse plant and animal habitat. Only two of the island’s 217 acres have been developed. Vendovi is one of the wildest private islands in the San Juan archipelago, which is why for many years it has been a priority for permanent conservation. Vendovi Island’s 217 acres, including 2.8 acres of shoreline, has been under San Juan Preservation Trust’s care since 2010.
Day 1: We’ll meet and park our vehicles at the Anacortes Marina. We’ll board Lookfar and cruise to Cypress Island and set up camp on Pelican Beach. We’ll have the day to explore, hike, prepare lunch and dinner, relax, and connect.
Day 2: We’ll prepare breakfast, break down camp, then Lookfar will pick us up and take us to Vendovi Island Preserve. On Vendovi, San Juan Preservation Trust staff will provide an interpretive tour of Vendovi Island. We’ll prepare lunch, walk to Paintbrush Point to see remnant gardens of the indigenous Coast Salish peoples, then we’ll cruise back to our vehicles in Anacortes, disembark Lookfar, and savor the memories.
Date: May 14-15, 2022
Camp fee: $100
Max capacity: 7 persons
Depart Anacortes: May 14 at 9:30 a.m. Anacortes Marina, 2415 T Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221
Depart Vendovi: May 15. Time to be determined closer to the event
Camp Location: Cypress Island
Sanitation: Composting toilet
Water: There is no potable water on the island. Campers must bring 1 gallon of water for each day for drinking, cooking, and cleaning
Registrants: As we work to achieve inclusion, equity, and diversity in outdoor recreation and education, priority registration is currently given to those who identify as Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, or biracial. Registration will be open to allies as space allows so please inquire if you’re an interested ally.