Change of Latitude in the Pacific Northwest
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04/14/2012, Vancouver, BC
We went out under the LIon's Gate Bridge and around Stanley Park each afternoon with friends.
At AERA in Coal Harbour, VancouverDon/Nice
04/13/2012, Vancouver, BC
Debbie and I took Δ Latitude to Vancouver for the conference of the American Educational Research Association where I had several research studies to give with colleagues. We stopped at a wilderness island, Patos, on the way north. We saw all kinds of beautiful ducks, wintering over in that deserted cove.
Blake Island Puget Sound01/03/2012
We stopped on the way back at Blake Island. Katie, Sarah, John, and Debbie went for a hike.
Glass Museum12/31/2011, Tacoma
A highlight was spending a few days at a wonderful marina at dock street in Tacoma. Tacoma??? Yep. Don't tell anyone else. The Glass Museum was right at the dock and so was the exceptional Washington State Museum of history. Plus, there were outstanding restaurants nearby. We spent two days to take it all in. Katie is getting us tied up, Bristol fashion, at the marina. Nice work, Kate!
Blake Island Puget Sound12/30/2011
On our New Year's Trip, Debbie and cruised down to Seattle, where Katie, Sarah, and John flew in to join us on our winter cruise. OUr first stop was Blake island, across the sound from Seattle.
Owners Meeting Campfire10/15/2011, Prevost Harbor San Juans
After dinner Brian built a campfire and we all shared its warmth.
Owners Meeting Dinner10/15/2011, Prevost Harbor San Juans
Each year we have all of owners at NW Explorations have an Owner's Meeting and Cruise. This year we went to Prevost Harbor in the San Juans. Such a wonderful group of friends! We had pot luck dinner on the dock at Prevost Harbor Marine Park.
Shrimp!Don / Warm
08/18/2011, Grace Harbour Desolation Sound
We stopped in Grace Harbour in Desolation Sound and I used my shrimp pot puller and shrimp pot to catch these ten delicious spotted shrimp. (Count 'em!) I fixed a shrimp cocktail for the young Brit on Mystic Eagle who helped me catch them. He got up with me at 6:30 am to go out and pull up the pot with me. That makes 11 shrimp so far. Works out to be about $90 a piece. Yikes!
Orcas!08/16/2011, Johnstone Strait
Coming down Johnstone Strait , we saw a male and female ORCA cross our bow.
Port McNeil08/15/2011, Port McNeil, BC
We slept in a bit and the Debbie and Barb headed over to the ferry to visit U'mista, the cultural center at Alert Bay. See: http://www.umista.org/ U'mista is a term of the Kwakwaka'wakw people that means returning home after being taken in a raid. In the early part of the 20th century, the Kwakwaka'wakw people had all of their cultural ikons taken by the BC gov't when they held an illegal potlatch. Potlatches had been banned by the government. The government raided the potlatch, took all of the goods meant for distribution, and sold them to collectors and museums. The cultural center at U'Mista has sought the return of all of these masks and other cultural objects that were taken. Debbie and Barb had an awesome time visiting the center.