Change of Latitude in the Pacific Northwest
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Winter Frostbite Cruise with Dave and MaryDon/Brrrr
12/30/2012, San Juan Islands of Washington
Hooray!!!! We are ready to begin our winter frostbite cruise. This year, my brother Dave and sister-in-law Mary are joining us. We are sooooooooooo happy! They are sailing around the world but left their boat in Malaysia while they are seeing family here in the US. Temps in Malyasia have been above 90. Now they are here with temps around freezing. The picture above says it all, I think. They are not used to our winter temps. Such a bro and broessa to join us on our boat!!!! We had dinner last night with sis Dotie and today slipped our frozen lines in Bellingham and crised through the fog with radar and AIS to Roche Harbor where we had dinner at MacMillans. OMG! Such a meal! There was a schnitzel to die for, crab bisque with local crabs, prime rib cooked perfectly, and deserts that made tummies feel very good. A wonderful meal. Afterwards, we walked carefully down icy docks to our boat and had a wondrful time as Dave and Mary played a fierce game of Blokus. They are so competitive but such a loving couple. Let's call it a draw. ;-)
Here is what Dave and Mary Margaret gave up to cruise with us12/25/2012
This is where they were last in Indonesia. Holy moly is that the life or what??!! Dave isuch a bro and MM is such a broessa to give up this kind of weather for what we will have in the San Juans....and no, that will not be Puerto Rico! LOL! A link to Dave and MM's blog, aboard their boat Leu Cat, appears to the left.
Merry Christmas and Preparing for Our Winter CruiseDon
Merry Christmas everyone! It is nearly time for our winter cruise in PUget Sound and the San Juan Islands of Washington. This year, we get an incredible treat -- Don's brother Dave and sister-in-law Mary Margaret are joining us!!! How great is that!! They are sailing around the world in their Lagoon 44 catamaran and have come back for a bit while their boat stays in Indonesia. They are warm weather folks, enjoying the balmy temps of the tropics but have agreed to brave the cold weather of the Northwest for a frostbite cruise with us for a bit. Snow is predicted... holy moly!! Dave and Mary Margaret are so great to do this so we can see them and talk boats for a few days together. Our current plans, weather dependent are to meet at SeaTac on Dec. 28 and drive to Bellingham. Dec. 29th is provisioning day and dinner with Doti, Don and Dave's sister. It is also a big bb game on TV for the UConn Women Huskies vs. Stanford. Then it is to Roche Harbor on the 30th for dinner at McMillan's. On the 31st we plan to head to Prevost Harbor to celebrate the New Year in a more wilderness location. Steaks on the aft deck for dinner and maybe oysters' too. Then, we hope to cruise on Jan. 1 to Coupeville through Deception Pass. Dave and Mary will be able to cheer for the University of Michigan in their big bowl game as we travel and enjoy Penn Cove mussels at the restaurant in Coupeville and maybe even some Marionberry Bearclaws from Kneed and Feed, the best in the world! From there, maybe to Anacortes and then back to Bellingham. Dave and Mary need to catch a flight so Deb and I willhead back to the islands until about Jan. 8th. So excited!!!!!
The Rest of the Summer Trip: June 10-15Don
Departing our anchorage at Culpepper06/10/2012
The early morning light was spectacular on the mountains this morning.
Early Morning Culpepper06/10/2012
The sunrise, over our shoulder on the boat, cast a beautiful purple color on the lagoon and western sky.
A Poem About Culpepper LagoonDon / Full of Anticipation
The Morning Mists of Culpepper Lagoon
Test drive after fixing the capacitor06/10/2012
We took Rubber Ducky out for a spin and all seemed to work well. You can see the magical mountains of Culpepper in the background.
Fixing the battery capacitor06/10/2012
A short burned out our capacitor on Rubber Ducky. Dave and I replaced it in Culpepper with the new one flown in to Shearwater.
Kynock River Mouth, low tide06/10/2012
This is where we anchored. Silver (Coho) salmon run up the river about Sept. 1. There are usually grizzlies at the river mouth. This time we saw a mother and her two cubs.