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08/08/2014, Elliott Bay Marina, Seattle

We arrived in Edmonds Marina this past Tuesday afternoon after the transit from Friday Harbor via Swihomish Channel. Channel fever set in after our departure from Cotes Bay. We went directly to Nanaimo with very favorable weather and current. When we found out the port of Nanaimo was full went to Nanaimo Yacht Club and used our reciprocal privileges! Best place to stay in Nanaimo! I know it's a hike from town, but with difference in price, it's cheaper to stay at NYC and pay cab fares back and forth to town, and besides, it's a very nice walk along the waterfront.

After leaving Nanaimo, we transited Dodd Narrows on our way to Sidney, where we spent two nights. While in Sidney we saw WAVELET and Becky and Glenn Latimer. On Monday morning we crossed Boundary Pass and arrived at SYC outstation in Friday Harbor around noon. We were invited over to ALCHEMIST and had happy hour with Claus & Thrysa Jensen. What an enjoyable time. Thanks. Due to rough weather predicted for The strait of Juan de Fuca, we left FH at 0600 in company with ALCHEMIST to transit the Swihomish Channel in route to Oak Harbor where we intended to overnight. With extremely favorable currents we arrive in the vicinity of Oak Harbor before noon. With channel fever in full swing we opted to continue on to Edmonds. ALCHEMIST opted to proceed on to Oak Harbor for the evening.

We moored in Edmonds until this morning (Friday 8 August) when Jim and I took boat back to Elliott Bay Marina where we arrived around 10 am. Gary Boyer graciously offered us a ride back to the Edmonds marina to retrieve our vehicles. Thanks, Gary.

Trip complete! Thanks to all of you who followed us through our blog and our gps tracking system! What a trip! Thanks to Willie Idsinga, Mike Morgan, Jim Orvis and Arthur Rosebury for making this trip a lot of fun!
Until next time
Ron

Pic of Jaimie Day Crosson
07/29/2014

Pic of new granddaughter.

Cortes Bay
Ron. Hot and sunny
07/29/2014, BC

29 July 2014
Cortes Bay, SYC Outstation
We arrived at Blind Channel Resort after a long run down Johnstone Strait with calm waters. We did hit a patch of fog that lasted a couple of miles, but with radar on and a bow lookout we did fine. We tied up at the fuel dock at Blind Channel and moored for the night. The next morning we moved back about 50 ft to a slip. We decided to have dinner at the marina restaurant and as in the past the dinner was great. Eliot Richter (who lost his wife earlier this year) scheduled a baseball game for the kids, including his two young children, Jonah (6), and Charlotte (~3). Jim was catcher, I covered right field in a lawn chair! It was more batting practice for the children than a baseball game, but was fun.

We left around 8 am the next morning to get to the Dent and Yuculta rapids at slack water. We arrived a little early so we fished along the bank for about 45 min with no success. We then got in the queue and proceeded through the rapids.

We arrived in Cortes Bay yesterday afternoon and easy transit through Dent and Yaculta Rapids. We went over to the clam beds this morning and collected 45 oysters and 225 Manila clams! (that's the daily limit) Life is good.
We've decided to stay here another day before heading to Nanaimo. Expect two nights there before heading further south. Looks like arrival in Edmonds on the 7th of Aug or thereabouts.

Oh yeah, when I arrived at Cortes I got a message from Alice that our daughter, Jennifer, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Jaimie Day Crosson came in at 8lbs. 4oz., 21 inches. That's her in the picture. This is Jennifer second child. She and Chad also have a two year old son, Joseph. Alice has been in Chelmsford, MA, since the 11th of July. I will join her later in August after I return to Seattle.

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