Friday, November 20, 2009
Back to Seattle to work on the boat.
Back to West Yellowstone to finish winterizing the Motel.
Back to Seattle to take a load of "stuff".
Back to West Yellowstone to finish what we didn't get done in the last two trips.
Back to Seattle to settle in to the Pacific Northwest weather.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
April 2009 brings aboard our first real guests and best of friends,
Bill and Connie. We were so excited that they would venture from the desert to spend time with us. We visited our haunts, played cards, drank, ate, and in general just had a wonderful time. We are blessed to have such good friends. A week was definitely not long enough and we hope they return soon.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
We spent the next week repairing and replacing and headed out to sea on March 11, 2009. We are actually in Lake Union which is a fresh water lake in Seattle. We have to go thru the locks to get to Puget Sound. They have two locks - one for the really big boats and one for smaller boats. HOWEVER...they were doing work on the small lock and we got to experience the BIG LOCK.
Our first time in salty water.
We headed North from Seattle toward Everett, staying on the East side of South Whidbey Island. North to Saratoga Passage on the West side of Camano Island. Headed to Skagit Bay, past Hope Island and toward Deception Pass. By this time it was 0' dark thirty - and we were navigating in the dark. Stayed the night in Cornet Bay-right at the edge of Deception Pass. Waking up the next morning we realize we were not the only one in the bay.
We waited until 9:30 the next morning because the current was only 4 knots at that time. The current thru the pass gets as high as 14 knots - way too dangerous for newbies.Thru Deception Pass and headed for Canada. Crossed the shipping channel thru Rosario Strait, then thru Lopez Pass, Spencer Spit, followed Harvey Channel between Orcas Island and Shaw Island and headed for Pole Pass (which is about the size of a pole). Next adventure - South of Jones Island and down Spieden Channel , Miners Channel to the West side of Sidney Spit. We had a little time before we had to clear customs so we decided to try our hand at anchoring. We parked ourselves on the West Side of Sidney Spit and let the anchor go. Wow....it went really fast-came off the gypsy-and fell into the sea. 450 feet of chain in 45 feet of water. Luckly we have a electric windlass or we would still be there pulling chain. Decided we should head to Sidney and clear customs into Canada before we attempted to try anything else. What a piece of cake clearing customs was. Decided that learning to anchor should be a priority, we headed to South Pender Island and anchored in Poet's Cove.
The Resort at Poet's Cove looks like a fun place to stay-but we have a boat-its funner!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Christmas Eve was spent watching the 75 or so decorated boats on Lake Union float around and listening to a choir on one of the large boats sing christmas carols.
The week between Christmas and New Year was full of
Cold Weather, Snow and Learning Obsticles
running out of power
running out of water
overflowing the holding tanks
and just a general
"WOW ~ I didn't know it did that".