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Home Stretch
07/31/2011

John treated us to fresh Blueberry muffins when we got up this morning in Silva Bay. They were still piping hot! Awesome!! After coffee and waiting for the current, we left Silva Bay and motored to Roche Harbor. We went on the Georgia Strait side of Valdes Island and entered Tricomali Channed via Porlier Pass to lessen the effects of the southerly winds we were facing. We cleared customs then proceeded to the SYC Outstation at Henry Island. It's great to be back in the US! We had a crab dip appetizer followed by the remaining filet of the king salmon Willie caught. Mike cooked the salmon to perfection on Restless' grill. We added yellow rice and stewed tomatoes. Another most excellent dinner. After dinner we watched the final two episodes of Victory at Sea! We will have a breakfast aboard Restless tomorrow before we leave. Eggs to order, sausage, bacon, toast, and cheese grits!
We have decided to return to Edmonds via the Swihomish Channel due to predicted high winds in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. So we have a 37 mile day tomorrow and will spend the night in LaConner. We still plan to arrive in Edmonds late afternoon on Monday.
We have dinner reservations for 10 at Arnies in Edmonds.

Sprint to the finish line
07/29/2011, Silva Bay Marina, Gabriola Island

We left Blind Channel after an equisite dinner in the restaurant there. We left at 6am to get to Dent and Yaculta Rapids during slack..and we timed it perfectly again! We arrived at SYC outstation at Cortes Island and found slips at the head of the dock. Willie and I walked over to the beach and picked up over two dozen oysters which we had as appetizers on Restless. After our appetizers we had a taco dinner aboard Restless. The next morning Willie and I went back to the beach and picked up three dozen for our appetizers at Garden Bay.

After a night at Cortes we motored the SYC outstation at Garden Bay in Pender Harbor. We had no difficulty finding moorage. We had the oysters on the half shell followed by a dinner of crab imperial and green beans.

We left Garden Bay around 7:15 for the crossing of Georgia Strait. We had hoped for the predicted 10-20kts from the Northwest, but only got about 10 knots which wasn't enough to allow us to sail to Silva Bay. We arrived in Silva Bay around 1pm today and will stay here tonight before heading to Roche Harbor tomorrow. We will eat dinner at the Silva Bay Restaurant, one of our favorites. Tomorrow trip to Roche Harbor is only 41 miles which should be an easy day for us, though southerlies are predicted. We will clear customs at Roche Harbor and then overnight at the SYC Outstaiton on Henry Island. We plan to eat the other half of Willie's Salmon for dinner tomorrow night. We have enough crab left over for a couple nights of crab dip!

Downhill from here Blind Channel
07/26/2011

WE arrived in Blind Channel this afternoon after two great days on the water. We were at Lagoon Cove last night after an awesome downwind sail yesterday afternoon. We left early this morning and did some great motor sailing today on the way to Blind Channel. We'll try out their restaurant tonight after appetizers ont the boat of Devils on Horsebacks (bacon wrapped scallops) and Jalepenos and cream cheese.. We'll leave early tomorrow morning for the SYC outstation at Cortes then to Pender Harbor the next day. Finally some sunny warm days..it's about time!

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