As I've cruised up and down the Inside Passage for the past seven years, I've always enjoyed my time in the Salish Sea. In part, because Bellingham (where we live and where we keep the David B,) is the doorstep to the larger Inside Passage, which stretches from Olympia to Skagway in Alaska. I also like the Salish Sea because it is accessible. Places like the San Juan Islands, Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound are protected and make for fairly easy cruising. (You still need to pay careful attention to tides and currents, as well as keeping a watchful eye on your charts.) The Salish Sea has something for all boaters. For those of us who prefer to anchor in places with few other boats, there are many opportunities. If you like to get off your boat and experience wilderness you can find forests hikes and fantastic kayak paddles. If you love tying to a dock and spending time visiting small towns, shops, wineries, restaurants, and museums, there is a lifetime of those places to visit too.