> As Saturday approaches I grow more excited about the prospect of bringing in the top fish at the 2011 Anacortes Salmon Derby. If not me, who? If not this weekend, when? Pictured above is evidence of my commitment to the derby, operated annually out of Cap Sante Boat Haven. I would feel bad about the other derby participants who don’t take home the top prize, but there are so many other prizes, ranging from cash to merchandise. Will hit the water bright and early with skipper (and brother in law) Jim, who trailers his boat from Fox Island for this most excellent derby. We’ll be joined by son Mark, whose primarily job will be to keep the snacks and hot coffee coming my way. This is a great derby that brings lots of folks to town for the weekend, and raises money for college scholarships to boot! Thanks to the Fidalgo Chapter of the Puget Sound Anglers Association. Click on photo to link to derby website.
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.
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