San Juan Islands, Victoria, Gulf Islands subject of hiking book

“Day Hiking the San Juan Islands and Gulf Islands,” by Craig Romano has to be one of the most ambitious hiking books out there, both for the author to write and for would-be hikers who buy it and aim to use it.

Romano, who has taken up the mantle of great Northwest trails author, takes us on a journey to a land of Oz, where islands dot the Salish Sea, the collective name for inland saltwater in northwest Washington and southwestern British Columbia.

Not only does he cover hikes on 24 islands, but it also describes them on the B.C. Saanish Peninsula (near Vistoria) and Fidalgo Island (location of Anacortes). At least Fidalgo has a highway bridge, so you don’t need to ride a ferry to get there like most of the other islands covered.

This is the first book to tackle, from a hiker’s perspective, so much of the territory of the Strait of San de Fuca and the Strait of Georgia, with all their sounds, passages, passes, channels and straits.

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