By the Shore: Explore the Pacific Northwest Coast Like a Local (Paperback)
By the Shore is about to blow your summer bucket list out of the saltwater. It is both a travel and adventure guide, and is filled with activities, day trips, and weekend inspiration. It includes a compendium of seasonal festivals and guides to, for example, using a crab pot, making your own sea salt, and watching bioluminescence (hint: do it at night). Author Nancy Blakey lives on Bainbridge Island and has spent a lifetime exploring local beaches and waterways during all four seasons. When winter's heavy clouds return, you can flip to the section listing ideal beaches for storm-watching—but let's not think about that now. It's time to grab your sunscreen and get sandy. -Katie— From Summer Booknotes 2018
From whale watching to squid jigging to making your own sea salt, this adventure guide to the iconic Pacific Northwest coast has something for vacationers and locals alike!
Celebrate the wild beauty of the Northwest Coast as you 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 including 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. The book 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, this book is a visual treat for the armchair adventurer, as well as a practical guide to take with you on your next outing.
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 MudPieMamas.com.
"A multisensory experience guide that feels like a well-executed love letter to the Pacific Northwest shoreline...Every step of the journey and activity suggestion is enhanced with detailed how-tos, insider tips and contacts, and always right on cue, locavore recipes for drinks and meals...A must-read for Pacific Northwest explorers and even locals."
"If you’re looking for a guide to all things Pacific Northwest that’s just about perfect, this is it.... With Blakey as your guide, you’ll miss nothing; in fact, you’re likely to come away knowing more than the locals about the spectacular Pacific Northwest."
"A Pacific Cioppino of all things Northwest coastal…impressive as a roster of reminders to those of us from the neighborhood of all the things we’ve failed to take advantage of or try…splashed throughout by practical/whimsical hand-drawn renderings and diagrams."
"Organized by seasons, this book is perfect for PNW locals looking for new ways to immerse themselves in coastal life—from beach hikes and road trips to festivals and events. Blakey dives into tide pool exploration, kite festivals, meteor shower watching, tree house and yurt rentals, beach camping trips, squid jigging, full-moon kayak paddles and night bike rides."
"A feast for the senses."
"Inspire the next set of outdoor adventures with this new guide to the water in all four seasons by Bainbridge Island native Nancy Blakey. It kicks off with summer, with insights into whale watching, beach camping, clam baking and festival going."
"By the Shore is about to blow your summer bucket list out of the saltwater."
—Elliott Bay Book Company