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Kayaking Tacoma, Commencement Bay, Port Defiance

August 2005

Sucia Island and Patos Island, San Juan Islands
Burien Three Tree Point Polar Bear club swim in Puget Sound

Tacoma offers a surprisingly interesting kayaking route from downtown Tacoma and out into Commencement Bay. The shoreline wraps around Tacoma, taking a paddler from marinas and condos, out to massive freighters and docks, on to small waterside pocket parks, by old hillside neighborhoods fronted by restaurants on piers, and then ending at huge forested Port Defiance Park.

 

Tacoma Commencement Bay kayaks and large ships

We kayaked between colossal freighters

 

Commencement Park beach in Tacoma, kayaks

Curtis and Karen resting at Commencement Park, looking out over south Puget Sound

 

 

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