18 February 2019 | Spanish Virgin Islands
16 February 2019 | US Virgin Islands
15 February 2019 | US Virgin Islands
09 February 2019 | British Virgin Islands
09 February 2019 | British Virgin Islands
06 February 2019 | British Virgin Islands
01 February 2019 | US Virgin Islands
27 January 2019 | St. Martin
25 January 2019 | St. Kitts
23 January 2019 | St. Kitts
21 January 2019 | Antigua to St. Kitts
19 January 2019 | Antigua
17 January 2019 | Antigua
13 January 2019 | Guadalupe
11 January 2019 | Guadalupe
08 January 2019 | Virgin Gorda, BVI
05 January 2019 | St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
30 December 2018 | St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
28 December 2018 | St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
27 December 2018 | St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
End of Summer 2021
30 August 2021 | Friday Harbor, WA
George Stonecliffe | Partly sunny, 60F
1. San Juan Islands, Washington State: Friday Harbor, Sucia Island, Patos, Matia, Stuart, Lopez, Orcas anchorages
2. Stymied by COVID restrictions on the Canadian Border
3. Buddy-boated with Ken and Ruth Frazee on sv Misty Blue out of Friday Harbor
4. The Bakery in Poulsbo, WA
5. Watching Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball on 'Root Sports' at our Friday Harbor Condo
6. Seafood dinners of Dungeness crab, spotted shrimp, and Westcott Bay oysters. Yum!
7. Reconnecting with our South Pacific friends Scott and Mary Malone and their son Finn (formerly sv Whisper, now sv Morning Star)
8. A visit in Friday Harbor by our friends Craig and Barbara Johnston on sv Sequoia
9. Making frequent contact with our HAM friends on The Great Northern Boaters Net, using our SSB radio on our sailboat, sv Julia Max
While wintering in Roche Harbor on San Juan Island, we are mentally preparing to head north to Alaska in 2022.
At Semiahmoo Marina in Blaine, WA
14 August 2021 | Blaine, Washington
George Stonecliffe | Sunny and 85F with smoke haze from Washington State fires.
Leaving Patos Island, we made our way to Semiahmoo Marina on the Washington State/Canadian Border. After a yummy lunch ashore, we used available bicycles to head over to the Marine Museum a mile away. The Museum focused on the salmon canning industry at the turn of the 1900's. Phenomenal Catches! It was a well-presented story with actual boats, traps, canning, and video presentation.
Visiting Blaine and Pt Roberts
12 August 2021 | Friday Harbor, WA
George Stonecliffe | Sunny and 88F with smoke haze from Washington State fires.
This summer has been spent using our condo in Friday Harbor, WA as our base of operations. Trips have been made to Seattle, Poulsbo, Port Townsend, Anacortes, and numerous anchorages in the San Juan Islands. We arranged to have a car in Friday Harbor, and ferried over to Orcas for a day of hiking on Turtle Back Mountain (6.3 miles, 1200' gain). Our bicycles have been used for exercise and birding on the east side of San Juan Island. Friends Ken and Ruth on sv Misty Blue have been part of many excursions with us. The HAM Net called the Great Northern Boaters' Net continues to start our days on a good note! Our sv Julia Max has needed loving attention to its Yanmar diesel engine fuel injectors and turbo. The forward head toilet required replacement after ice damage from last winter started leaking. Ah, boat projects continue. With all the activity we have had, periodically we do sail and have the boat trimmed at 6.5 knots going hither and yon.
This afternoon we head north towards Blaine, WA and Pt Roberts for a visit. Cheers to all!
3 Lake Triathlon, San Juan Island, WA
21 June 2021
George Stonecliffe | Sunny
Sue and I cheered on our daughter at the 3 Lake Triathlon near Friday Harbor, WA on June 19th. Representing TriDot, she was the only one in the women's 50 year age group. Racing the Olympic distance, she swam .9 miles in the lake, biked 26 miles all over San Juan Island, and ran 6.2 miles, taking 2:56 to finish. It is always terrific to see her dedication to her sport!
In Friday Harbor, WA
16 June 2021
After a smoother than usual trip up the Washington coast, we stopped overnight at Port Angeles harbor. Then headed on to Poulsbo for a trip to their bakery. Finally, we headed over to Shilshole Bay in NW Seattle to visit our granddaughter who was celebrating her 21st birthday. In addition we enjoyed meeting her friend Dakota Gilbert from Gainesville, Texas. Although the winds were light we had full sails out for a sail in 5 knot winds. Dakota owns a 38' Tayana, and enjoyed being on 'Julia Max'. We left Shilshole Bay the next day, arriving in Friday Harbor on Monday, the 14th.
Summertime in the Pacific Northwest!
02 June 2021 | Portland, Oregon
George Stonecliffe | Sunny and 88F
Sue and I are scheduled to leave Portland, OR on June 6th, and the weather forecast is promising! Initially we will meet our granddaughter in Seattle where she is celebrating her 21st birthday! From there we will head to our condo in Friday Harbor, WA. We hope to meet up with our friends Ken and Ruth on sv Misty Blue for an enjoyable summer of cruising the Islands and Puget Sound.
We are fully vaccinated, and look forward to resuming a more normal life. Have a great summer everyone!