2024 Inside Passage Flotilla North – Day 1 Bellingham to Sidney | NW Explorations


2024 Inside Passage Flotilla North – Day 1 Bellingham to Sidney

The first day of our travels started out strong with the sun shining and excitement in the air. Eager to get out on the water we undid the ties for each boat one by one. The NW Explorations team was there to send us off, waving goodbye from the docks as we began our journey.

While we were underway, we passed by the famous Spieden Island, known for its range of exotic animals such as the Mouflon sheep from Corsica, Sika deer from Asia, and the Fallow deer from Europe. Historically this Island had been used as a big game hunting preserve when two brothers bought it in the 1960’s. The island is also distinctive due to its dry southern side and lush wooded northern side, splitting it down the middle. Although we did not see much in terms of wildlife on the island, we were able to spot two boisterous sea lions near the coast.

Another highlight of the day was the humorous interaction we had with a large tugboat coming our way. Considering the size of our group, we radioed over that we would give them the right of way. The captain thanked us for the courtesy and joked that he would do a pirouette for us as he passed by. Sure enough he stayed true to his word, gracefully spinning in a 360 and performing the boat equivalent of a pirouette. We were all very amused by the silliness of it all.

When we reached Sidney the owner of NW Explorations, Ross Tennant, was there to give us a warm welcome, excited that we had made it. We then had a small social gathering at the NW Exploration Sidney office, reconnecting with old friends and meeting lots of new faces as well. The Sidney team made us feel right at home. After doing some final last-minute provisioning at the local grocery store, we all turned in for the night, exhausted from an eventful and successful first day.

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