09/06/2005, Bodega Bay
Well bodega Bay what can I say. This is the strangest marina I have ever seen. They have dead heads in the channel and the channel is thick mud. We also had a lot of fog so first mate (I) was on the bow with headlight to call the clear way.
But we did hire a reasonable diver to replace the loose zinc that was banging on our propeller. And the town was cute the city where the Alfred Hitchcox Movie "The Birds" was filmed.
The marina facilities are very nice there and the people in town we friendly. Headed out in two days.
We reached Ventura by the 9th and wanted to keep going south but we needed to get back to our jobs.
And so we did just that.
09/02/2005, Cresent City
We pulled into Cresent City to clear the fuel filters and spent two days. The marina was nice and there was a nice resturant as well.
Our crew headed back to Washington and we continued south.
08/31/2005, Port Townsend
We stopped over in Port Towsend to rest around Midnight. The fog was thick and visibility was about two feet. We wanted to reach the headlands in full day light so we started out around 06:00.
This was an exciting sail through the Straights of Juan De Fuco. We saw Orca's and Men fishing the shores in Hip boats. The auto pilot detected land and headed us into shore and as we popped out of the fog we surprized a man who was fishing in his hip boots. We quickly took over the wheele and headed back on course.
The shipping lanes were quite busy that night and lite up the night for easy passage. We reached the headlands before night and continued out to sea.
We had decided to travel 25 or more miles off shore to avoid the rough coastline of Washington and Oregon. And it was beautiful.
We had not purchased a digital camera and all of the pictures were unrecongnizable. But we saw pods of whales near the shore and schools of dolphines played with our boat. The dolphines entertained us with their phospheresences trails at night and birds danced over the swell in the mornings. The sun fish floated so close to the boat it seemed as if you could reach out and catch them with your barehands of course they quickly swam away when I tried to catch them.