Voyages North

22 September 2017 | Posted in Seattle
08 September 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
18 August 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
17 August 2017 | Olympia
22 August 2016 | posted at Prideaux Haven, Desolation Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet

Elfin Cove, Cross Sound. July 11-12, 2011

18 July 2011 | posted at Sitka
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: Elfin Cove from the inner harbor.

We rounded a corner on Elfin Cove’s boardwalk and saw a man talking on a cell phone.

“Stop!” I said to Steve. “He’s got service.” I whipped out my phone and held it up-- one bar! I dialed. It took two tries and a lot of loud talking and repeating but I made my call. By the time I finished, two other people had joined us with their cell phones, all of us laughing at the absurdity.

In 2007 when we last visited Elfin Cove, it had three pay phones. Now it has none. The phone company took them out because “everyone has cell phones.” But cell phones don’t do much good where there’s not reliable service. Elfin Cove doesn’t have cell phone hot spots; it has cell phone warm spots. We’d already tried the recommended spots at the top of the hill and the deck overlooking the inner harbor with no luck. On the boat Karen had gotten a voicemail message signal but hadn’t been able to listen to the message.

Elfin Cove may not have great phone service but is has a lot of other things going for it: a boardwalk with quaint houses, a restaurant/bar, a laundramat with showers, a post office and even a general store. It also has Patti’s smoked salmon, the best smoked salmon I’ve had anywhere. It’s worth a trip to Elfin Cove just for that. (Look for the small yellow building. If it’s locked try the yellow house across the boardwalk and shout for Patti.)
Vessel Name: Osprey
Vessel Make/Model: Annapolis 44 sloop
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Steve and Elsie Hulsizer (author of Glaciers, Bears and Totems and Voyages to Windward)
Elsie and Steve Hulsizer have sailed northwest waters since arriving in Seattle via sailboat from Boston in 1979. [...]
2017: local cruising including South Puget Sound and San Juan Islands 2016:north up West Coast VI, across QC Sound to central BC coast 2015: trip to SE Alaska 2014: Seymour and Belize Inlets through Nakwakto Rapids 2013: SE Alaska and back. 2012: from Seattle up the west coast of Vancouver [...]
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