This blog post probably deserves a lot more than I am giving it. The fact that I went fishing for prawns in the San Juan Islands is just part of the story. The highlight for me was a continuance of my reconnection with an old friend, Rob.
Rob and I were teen-agers when we met although we were in that unique gap between me being in college and he being in high school. I was a youth leader in our small church and he was a high school student who at 16 was already volunteering for the King County Search and Rescue, an Eagle Scout, soccer player, and all around good guy. We formed hikes together up in the Cascades and even went to Atlanta for the 1996 Olympic Games as volunteer security officers as part of a team with YWAM. Despite the age difference, I always felt I looked up to Rob as he was doing so many things I wish I was doing/did. He was creating new products, learning skills that to this day I just won’t be able to. Reconnecting with him a few months ago has been one of the best parts of the first half of this year for me.
Enough of the sentimental stuff.
One of the other reasons that fishing for prawns was so appealing to me was the idea of “living off the land” a little bit more. In addition to doing a small amount of hunting and fishing as a kid, recently I have read some books that have inspired me to look around our beautiful state and see if I too could live off of the Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager (if you haven’t read Langdon Cook’s book, you absolutely MUST!)
So, when my old friend Rob said he had a boat up in Anacortes ready to drop into the water to do some prawning, I was totally in.
The prawning in the San Juans has to be some of the very best in the world. There is a unique “flow” of water that runs under the dark water that is teeming with life that rivals some of the best tropical reefs and wildlife you will ever see. Clean, pure, and full of so many nutrients that a regular pod of Orcas come through these beautiful islands filling their massive bellies with food and providing boaters with glimpses of their beauty and power as they crest above the cold water going in and out of the strait.
If you ever get a chance to go prawning, you absolutely HAVE TO go, especially in the beautiful San Juan Islands of our fabulous state of Washington!
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By the way, if you want to find out what Rob is up to, check out: SalonMade