Actually we covered some water today, but using that as a title didn’t seem quite right.
After lunch we headed south and east again, keeping an eye out for Orca whales just in case they were still around. Our plan was to go to Steilacoom, the first incorporated City in Washington just north of Ketron Island as our destination for the night. We had never stayed there before, but our Burgee book said there was a small marina there with a guest dock. It turns out that Steilacoom needs to work on its accessibility from the water. The so-called marina was a decrepit boat house, and the dock looked like it could disintegrate in a puff of wind.
It was about 3 PM by this time, and we were just south of the Narrows Bridge. We thought about just heading home, about 15 miles north, but the weather was too nice and we knew that this would be our last chance to get in some boating in good weather before the season ends next week. So instead, we called Mackenzie and asked if she and Matt wanted to me us at Maggie’s Bluff Restaurant at the Elliot Bay Marina for dinner . She accepted, so we headed north to Seattle and got a slip for the night.
Thursday morning we left Elliot Bay Marina about 10 AM headed for home under overcast skies. It did feel like the end of the season. As we headed south toward Blake Island we were passed by two Coast Guard boats cruising east at full speed. Within a few minutes we heard an announcement over the marine radio that a man overboard had been reported off a Seattle-Bainbridge Island Ferry and all boats in the vicinity were asked to lend assistance. Since we were only a mile or so away from where the Coast Guard was searching, we headed that way to see if we could help. About 30 minutes later the search was called off – apparently (and thankfully) a false alarm. So we headed south again and tied up to our buoy back home about noon. The rest of the day was consumed by chores as we’ve discovered we have a LOT to do before we leave for Baja, Mexico in just 2 ½ weeks!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
As we passed the mouth of Gig Harbor we saw the “Adventurer” sailing north. We then passed under the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, turned right and went down the west side of Fox, McNeil and Anderson Islands. Once there, we turned west again at the south end of the Key Peninsula, just north of Johnson Point. As we passed Johnson Point the occupants of a small boat began waving their arms in a manner that we thought meant there were porpoises in the vicinity. Were we wrong!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Summer was out in full force yesterday (Saturday), the temperatures got up into the 80s and we just couldn't focus on all the items on our "to do list". So we got in the boat and headed north towards Poulsbo. On the way up Colvos Passage we passed our neighbors, Josi and George, coming southbound. They were returning from their 3-week vacation to the US and Canadian San Juans. They took the picture that accompanies this post. We pulled into the Port of Poulsbo Marina around 4 PM and walked over to The Loft restaurant. We had a nice dinner of fish and chips and beers on the deck under a sun umbrella. We headed home about 6PM. When we got to the east end of Rich Passage we saw a small runabout with four guys in it, paddling. They reported that their battery had died and they were trying to get to Manchester, about 3 miles to the south. We took them under tow, and delivered them to the boat ramp at Manchester about a half hour later. We silently wished them luck in getting the boat out of the water - they were more than a little under the influence themselves, and in response to their offer to pay us for the tow, we commended them to pay it forward in the future. We returned to the buoy about 7PM and settled in for the evening. Life is good!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Here is a link to more photo's of our trip: