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Rolling the Islands of the Salish Sea
(a.k.a. Sbubi Lithlal Ti Swatixwtud *)



Photo essay: Rolling the Islands of the Salish Sea

  Visit to Chief Sealth's grave during Puget Sound bicycle tourThe scenes of sea and sky, rugged mountains, multi-green high forest and receding layers of islands makes the Salish Sea (Puget Sound and waters around the San Juan Islands and Canadian Gulf Islands) make for beautiful bicycle touring even if you don't know the history and cultural context of every hill, bay, stream, forest plant, town and building.  But the more you know about the story of the land the more it comes alive, and the more a bike ride is not a bike but a journey through history, culture and the spirit of creation.  Hopefully the photo essays will lift the veil a little on this intriguing world.

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* Approx. translation: "Rolling the hoop through the land."  Sbubi is a traditional Salish "rolling the hoop" game. When Capt Vancouver first visited, the children tried rolling hard tack they got from his ship's crew. For our purpose, we will be rolling bicycle wheels. Swatixwtud is the Lushootseed word for "earth".  Lushootseed is the indigenous language of the local Salish people.


Click on a Globe to Explore the Islands of the Salish Sea


Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo, Kitsap
Pt. Townsend
Whidbey Island, Swinomish
San Juan Islands
Sydney, British Columbia
Gulf Islands and Chimainus
Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia


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Resources for exploration of the Salish Sea


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