On Saturday and Sunday my husband and I watched from the Port of Mabana on Saratoga Passage looking west as the canoes paddled their way north towards LaConner. It was inspiring to watch these amazing vessels and imagine the experience. They navigated their way against significant headwinds most of the day.

This traditional Coast Salish gathering has been more impressive each year with participation from as far away as Alaska.  The ones here are heading north and probably intending to arrive at Cama Beach State Park which is one of the camping sites for the journey.
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One of the Canoes from a distance

 

Indian Canoe on the Paddle to Swinomish 2011

Canoes with Coast Guard ship nearby

Part of the journey includes a water quality monitoring project conducted by the Tribes and USGS.  See their website.
 
—-Karen

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