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Gorgeous 2nd Day!
JoLe Wilson
05/02/2012, Mackaye Harbor, Lopez Island, San Juan Islands

We left Des Moines (not Iowa) Marina this morning around 8 a.m. with great weather again, now 2 days in row. Light winds from the southwest let us motor sail quite a way through Puget Sound in the sun! Due to the weather we bypassed our intended stop in Port Ludlow and continued on across the Straits of Juan de Fuca to Mackaye Harbor on the south end of Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands where we are anchored for the night. The picture is of KC lounging in sun in the double hammock his brother gave us for Christmas, which we hung from the radar arch, while "Ray" our autopilot runs the boat! We look like southern ocean sailors with our tans from today.

We're off the dock - sort of!
JoLe / Off and on sun and rain
05/01/2012, Des Moines, WA

We left the dock this morning around 10:45 and sailed from Brown's Point, just north of Chinook Landing Marina where we were moored, all the way (a big 11 miles) to the Des Moines Marina where we fueled and will overnight tonight so that we can catch up with various friends prior to leaving. We had a great weather window, winds from the South blew us along at about 7+ knots most of the way and we had sun, no rain! The rain held off until we were tied up at the marina. Great way to start the trip!

Overnight Shakedown
JoLe/80 and beautiful!
04/23/2012, Quartermaster Harbor, Vashon Island

Took the boat out yesterday afternoon for a shakedown cruise. Overnighted in Quartermaster Harbor on Vashon Island. Both yesterday and today are beautiful, in the 80's! Makes one almost want to stay in the Seattle/Tacoma area.

Everything worked as it was supposed to while out. We, Rory, KC's brother, and I took turns sending KC up the mast to fix a few things, always fun! At least the boat wasn't rocking like it was the time I sent KC up the mast on our way to Hawaii.

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