Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving Weekend


We had a great weekend, with four family members joining us for Thanksgiving, and the remainder spread across the country from Hawaii to Denver to Houston. We over-ate, and had beautiful weather for the day, allowing son-in-law Matt to deep-fry our turkey outside. We have plenty to be thankful for, including good health, lots of people we love in our lives, and the opportunity to have fun and interesting adventures.


Saturday dawned rainy and cold. At 6:15 Bob drove to Fox Island to Bob S and Debi’s home, whose boat christening party we attended a week ago. Shortly after, Bob S, his son-in-law Ted, and Bob cast off the lines of In My Element, Bob S and Debi’s new Great Loop boat, and headed north. An hour later, traveling at 15 knots, they passed Bob and Cathryn’s home on Colvos Passage, but it was raining so hard the photos aren’t good. Fortunately In My Element has both a pilothouse and glass windshields with wipers, so all on board were comfortable.


The 80-mile trip from Fox Island, through the Puget Sound shipping lanes, and up the Swinomish Channel to the town of LaConner was happily uneventful. Bob S was competent and confident at the helm (lots of prior chartering of large boats), and Bob offered an overview of use of the Garmin Chartplotter and radar, because it’s identical to ours on Next To Me.


Debi had packed lunches for the crew, and shortly after 1 PM  they pulled up to the dock in LaConner. November boating in Seattle is sure different from boating anytime in Florida!

Bob S and Debi are adding a few final amenities to In My Element, then having it shipped to Mobile, Alabama (where Next To Me awaits our return) where they’ll begin their Loop.


The rest of the weekend was spent celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary, Bob’s 65th birthday, and various chores and errands around the house, including some minor house repairs. It’s good to be home for a time.

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