By the Shore: Explore the Pacific Northwest Coast Like a Local

By the Shore: Explore the Pacific Northwest Coast Like a Local

by Nancy Blakey


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Explore and celebrate the Pacific Northwest coast like a local with this visual treat of an adventure guide that includes activities, crafts and recipes.  

From whale watching to squid jigging to making your own sea salt or fish prints, this adventure guide celebrates the wild beauty of the Northwest Coast. Learn how to catch and cook seasonal seafood, including recipes that can be prepared over a driftwood fire, enjoy beach activities for adults and kids, learn the basics of water sports like kayaking and paddleboarding, and get ideas for outdoor adventure opportunities and travel itineraries from paddle camping to beach hikes to road trips. Also includes wildlife ID guides and seasonal natural events like meteor showers and the solstice and oceanside festivals.

By the Shore covers the coastal areas of Oregon (from Astoria to Florence); Washington (including Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula); and British Columbia, Canada (including Vancouver Island). Gorgeously illustrated with line drawings and color photographs, it's eye candy for the armchair adventurer, as well as a practical guide to take with you on your next outing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632171436
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 401,288
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

NANCY BLAKEY grew up on Bainbridge Island, WA. She spent summers in Bristol Bay, Alaska, working for her family's salmon processing business, where she became an avid outdoor enthusiast who paddles, hikes, forages, and explores the great Pacific Northwest rain or shine, believing adventure can be found outside the back door. She has written five children's activity books for Ten Speed and has contributed to numerous anthologies. She is the founder of the parenting website

Table of Contents

Introduction viii

Maps xii


Outings 3

Whale-Watching Trips in the Salish Sea 3

Kayak Camping Trips 10

Beach Camping Trips 16

Road Trip: Victoria to Campbell River 21

Catch It, Cook It, Eat It 25

Clams 25

Squid 35

Blackberries 43

Beach Projects 46

Beach Volcano 46

Sand Candles 47

Collected Stardust 48

Beachside Shade 49

On the Water 50

Paddleboarding 50

Full-Moon Kayak Paddle 53

Bioluminescence Tours 54

Celebrations & Nature 56

Perseid Meteor Shower 56

Summer Solstice Bonfire 57

Festivals & Events 61

Sand Castle Competitions 61

Outdoor Music by the Shore 62


Outings 69

Multiday Bike Trips 69

Road Trip: One Square Inch of Silence in the Hoh Rain Forest 75

Paddle Day Trip: Seattle's Ballard Locks 78

Catch It, Cook it, Eat it 83

Salmon 83

Beach Projects 96

Seashore Fossils 96

Herbed Sea Salt 97

Rock Cairns 99

Fish Prints 100

On the Water 103

Surfing 103

Celebrations & Nature 107

Labor Day Beachside Family Reunion 107

Salmon Watching at the Locks 111

Festivals & Events 112

Fall Salmon Derbies 112

Port Townsend Film Festival 114

Bellingham SeaFeast 115


Outings 119

Winter Storm-Watching Getaways 119

Road Trip: Lighthouses on the Washington and Oregon Coasts 126

Best Winter Beach Hikes 134

Catch it, Cook It, Eat It 137

Crab 137

Razor Clams 146

Beach Projects 151

Gold-Painted Seashell Ornaments 151

Sea-Class Votive 153

Beachside Shelter Hot Dog Roast 155

On the Water 156

Scuba Diving 156

Celebrations & Nature 159

Winter Solstice Bonfire 159

New Year's Day Polar Bear Plunge 162

The Snow Geese of Fir Island 163

Stargazing by the Shore 165

Festivals & Events 170

Winterruption 170

FisherPoets Gathering 170

Walrus and Carpenter Nighttime Oyster Picnic 171

Strange Brewfest 171

Smelt Derby 171


Outings 175

Day Bike Trips 175

Catch It, Cook It, Eat It 183

Spot Prawns 183

Pacific Northwest Oysters 187

Beach Projects 196

Lavender Sea Salt Body Scrub 196

Seashell Night-Light 197

Driftwood Fort 199

Message in a Bottle 200

On the Water 201

Boating 201

Celebrations & Nature 207

April's Shooting Stars: Lyrid Meteor Shower 207

Spring Fireballs 207

Explore the Tide Pools of Spring 208

Festivals & Events 213

Celebrate Seafood! 213

Spring Whale Watch Week in Oregon 216

Pacific Rim Whale Festival 217

Kite Festivals 217

Acknowledgments 222

Resources 223

Appendix 224

Index 227

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