North American Tour 2017-2019

From Portland, OR through Panama Canal to East Coast of USA and back via Caribbean, Panama Canal, and Hawaii

12 September 2017 | Crescent City, CA
21 August 2017 | Woodburn, Oregon
05 August 2017 | Friday Harbor, WA
18 July 2017 | Friday Harbor, WA
11 July 2017 | Crescent City (CA)
09 July 2017 | Crescent City. CA
08 July 2017 | Brookings, Oregon
06 July 2017 | Coos Bay, Oregon
05 July 2017 | Newport, Oregon
04 July 2017 | Newporr, Oregon
03 July 2017 | Off Cape Lookout, Oregon
02 July 2017 | Tongue Point, Astoria, Oregon
29 July 2016 | Off the Washington State Coast
29 July 2016 | Off the Washington State Coast
26 July 2016 | Refuge Island, Vancouver Island
24 July 2016 | Ucluelet, Vancouver Island
22 July 2016 | Ucluelet, Vancouver Island
22 July 2016 | Effingham Bay, Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island, CA
21 July 2016 | Effingham Bay, Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island, CA

Surgery Date Earlier!!

12 September 2017 | Crescent City, CA
George Stonecliffe
It pays to be a squeaky wheel! My hip surgeon's office had a cancellation, and moved me 3 weeks earlier to September 19th. This earlier date will allow me to travel down to San Diego in time for the Baja-Ha-Ha after all. We're back on track for our 2 year trip!

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

21 August 2017 | Woodburn, Oregon
Sunny, Clear
They don't happen often. So when we heard that a Total Solar Eclipse would be going across the USA, and specifically through Oregon, we knew we had to take it in...along with an estimated million visitors from all over. We got up at 2am, left Portland for Woodburn, Oregon at 3am, expecting a major traffic jam. But we arrived unscathed in 40 minutes at our Starbuck's destination (of course!). The eclipse started a little after 8am, was total for two minutes, and finished a little after 11am. Truly awesome!

BC Smoke in Friday Harbor

05 August 2017 | Friday Harbor, WA
George Stonecliffe
British Columbia is having one of their worst fire seasons in the last 60 years. Smoke has drifted down to Friday Harbor, WA, as it has to Seattle, Portland, and Grants Pass. So clear blue summer skies are no longer present. But the harbor scene is still bustling.
I received word that my hip replacement surgery will be scheduled for October 11th. There is a chance that I will be able to fill in a cancelation, and have the surgery earlier. So I am going forward hoping for an earlier date. Sue and I are considering various options for moving 'Julia Max' down the coast in the meantime.
I'm attaching an earlier photo of the San Juan Islands of Washington (pre-smoke!)

Friday Harbor Diversion

18 July 2017 | Friday Harbor, WA
George Stonecliffe
Meanwhile we have headed up to our condo in Friday Harbor. The summer weather is delightfully sunny and warm unless sitting in the shade. We rented bikes, and enjoyed riding, and of course listening and looking for birds. Our bird watching list is up over 30 species since we have arrived. The oyster catchers were a surprise!

Change of Plans!

11 July 2017 | Crescent City (CA)
George Stonecliffe
A big change in plans has been made :( George's left hip has worsened dramatically, making walking and overall ease of movement very difficult, awkward, and painful. Cape Blanco showed how important ease of movement around the boat was critical for our safety. So we phoned and made an appointment to see the surgeon that replaced George's right hip (which is feeling great). We intend to have the left hip replaced, and then continue on with our Dream Journey.
In the mean time we will leave the boat in Crescent City, fly to Portland, drive to Friday Harbor, stay in our Condo for the summer, have the left hip replaced, and after a quick rehabilitation, head back to 'Julia Max' maybe in time to join the Baja Ha-ha out of San Diego at the end of October. :)

Brookings (OR) to Crescent City (CA)

09 July 2017 | Crescent City. CA
George Stonecliffe
The LongBottom Coffee Shop provided a morning pick-me-up with mochas, oatmeal and scones. A 'Local' called a fishing friend in Crescent City for us, and we learned about an inner safe passage through St. George Channel that would reduce our transit time, and keep us out of heavier weather. The sun was out, and blue skies above gave us a wonderful reprieve from yesterday's winds.
We made our way into the Crescent City harbor which has been rebuilt since the Japanese tsunami that they experienced a few years back.
Vessel Name: Julia Max
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Passport/Peterson Custom Ketch
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon, USA
Crew: George and Sue Stonecliffe
About: Float Plan: July 1, 2017 Leave Portland, OR; head south along US West Coast; leave San Diego 10/29/17 with Baja Ha-ha Rally; go through Panama Canal 3/2018; Florida 6/2018; NYC and Rhode Island 7/2018; Chesapeake Bay 9/2018; Caribbean 11/2018; Panama Canal 3/2019; Hawaii 7/2019; home 10/2019
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