Departure and return: Monday, June 23 at the Fairhaven dock, Bellingham, WA at 9:00 am,
through Wednesday, June 25 between 3 and 5 pm at the same dock.
· The boat “Zodiac” is berthed next to the Alaska Ferry terminal in Fairhaven near Bellingham.
· “Three hots and a cot,” i.e. three meals and a sleeping bunk are included.
· Cost for the three day trip is $390 per person, a great bargain.
· Spouses and friends are invited, especially if they have an interest in Northwest geology.
· The trip can only go if 24 sign up. But sign up quickly – there’s a maximum of 26.
Dr. John Whitmer is a geology instructor at Bellevue Community College, and has taught at a number of other schools. He is a past president of the Northwest Geological Society and member of the Puget Lobe Chapter of Ice Age Floods Institute.
The Schooner Zodiac.
Itinerary This trip is the fulfillment of a dream, combining luxury with the opportunity
to see WORLD-CLASS GEOLOGY up close.
The plan is to sail around Orcas & San Juan Islands. The exact route will be governed by
wind & tidal currents prevailing at that time. The cruise will provide ample opportunity to
observe the big picture of major anticlines (turtlebacks) in the hanging walls of thrust faults,
together with fine examples of deep marine pillow basalts. Beach hikes at places such as
Cattle Point & Limekiln on San Juan Island will lead to outcrops showing the mélanges &
deformation related to the faulting. Stops at places such as Rosario & Roche Harbor will
be of great historical interest.
Travel to the boat: The “Zodiac” is berthed next to the Alaska Ferry terminal in Fairhaven near Bellingham.
- There is Greyhound Bus service and Amtrak train service to the ferry terminal.
- Driving directions:
o Be sure to arrange carpools.
o Drive north to Bellingham.
o Take exit 250 and turn left at the stop sign at the end of the off ramp onto
Old Fairhaven Parkway. After the intersection that turns left to Chuckanut Drive,
turn left at the next stop sign onto Harris Ave. Drive to the Alaska Ferry terminal.
“Zodiac” is on the west side of the terminal — just look for the tall masts.
o Passengers can be dropped off at the gate to the pier. The cars are parked a
short distance away. The estimated distance from the drop off point to the boat is
about 200 feet.
o There is parking at the Terminal.
To join the fun, contact Dennis Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org (this is not a link). Please put “San Juan trip” in the subject line.