Thanks everyone for the suggestions, and jrd22 for the tide warning. We ended up getting off the dock an hour before we expected and since the tides were running so strong we decided to use the Bellingham channel as a conveyor belt to Sucia. Man when the currents are with you that channel is awesome! We were doing 7-9kts SOG and were hook-down in Echo Bay in under 4hrs from our slip. On the way home, it was even better, 2:45 from anchor up to tie up in the pen (motoring though).
We looked at several of the closer anchorages on cypress on the way up (thanks for the suggestions) but since we were making good time we kept going. Passed up anchoring in Fossil bay because of the big minus.
Getting back into the slip was fun. Depth sounder read 8ft on approach and we knew that a few yards to port was even more shallow. A yard or two beyond that, were birds standing on the mud. Tight, but we got her in.
Best part about the trip, besides getting the cobwebs off the keel? I found the perfect spot for my new hammock. No fancy knots or rigging needed either. Clip 2 carabinas and 10 seconds later you're in the hammock nodding off. Life is good.
Echo Bay wasn't too crowded when we arrived:
A nice sunset:
Beautiful HUGE moon was responsible for the tides that made for such a quick trip: