Log of the Argonaut

25 July 2012 | Orcas Island
19 October 2011 | Orcas Island
04 August 2011 | Orcas Island, U.S. San Juan Islands
14 June 2011 | U.S. Southwest
20 May 2011 | Durango, Co
19 May 2011 | Durango Colorado
21 March 2011 | Washington State
24 February 2011 | Between South and North
13 February 2011 | Aussie
17 January 2011 | Bundaberg, Australia
24 November 2010 | Bundaberg Australia
18 October 2010 | Noumea
06 October 2010 | Port Vila, Vanuatu
09 September 2010 | Between Port Resolution and Port Vila, Vanuatu
03 September 2010 | Tanna Island, Vanuatu
27 July 2010 | Mamanuka Islands, Fiji
21 May 2010 | Malolo Island
05 April 2010 | EnZed
06 March 2010 | Marlborough District
26 February 2010 | EnZed: South Island

The home front

21 March 2011 | Washington State
Tree hugger. Weather is typical temperate marine for this time of year.
The Home Front

Landing in Seattle, six am and thirty four Fahrenheit, with light snow predicted is a shock even when you're ready for it. Re-entry is going to bite. Not only are we going to be boatless in Seattle, we've changed hemispheres and swapped climate zones. From Southwestern Tropical to Northwestern Temperate. Break out the woolies!

The flight from Honolulu was an overnight, arriving at the crack of dawn. The shuttle dropped us at the rental car lot where we checked out a Kia Sedona that was going to be with us for a week while we became officially American again. IE: driver's licenses, vehicles, insurance and a place to live. All of this comes with keys! Dubious symbols of civilization.

Once the preliminary dance was over, we rented a mini-storage so we can gather all our scattered possessions from our last life together in one place. Things that were so important five years ago have lost significance. Why we thought we needed all this crap is a mystery.

The first thing that is obvious is: a boat has everything built in place. A house requires stuff. Tables, chairs, sofa, bed... It would be so much easier if it came with everything and you left it behind when you moved on. Alas, it doesn't work that way. Everyone like personal stuff. Accumulate. It's the other side of the Landlubber equation.

As I write this, Argonaut has turned into a $ entry in our bank account. Looks like our voyaging adventures are over for now. I'm going to really miss that boat but the reality of sailing or shipping it back across the Pacific meant selling. They say the happiest times in a yachties life are when he buys a boat and again when he sells it. I disagree. There are damn few boats I'd trust to take me across the Pacific and a forty year old Cal 40 did - with fewer issues than boats costing 10 times as much! I'd say we got more miles per dollar than most cruiser will ever get.

My next blog entries will take up back where we started in 2006. The Pacific Northwest of the U.S., arguably the best, most protected, cruising area in the world with the most and safest anchorages anywhere... many with small (quaint) towns (villages) right at your boarding ladder! Don't just think NW U.S, either. Think SW Canada and even the Inside Passage to Alaska. The inland sea encompassing Puget Sound/Seattle-Tacoma to the northern tip of Vancouver Island Canada is the second largest inland sea in the world. B.C. (British Colombia) has 40,000 islands and 25,000 km of coastline between the Washington and Alaska borders.

My bad... Instead of starting with Seattle, I started where we started. With a day trip north to Liz's wee cabin on Orcas Island. The day started out cloudy with showers and ended in glorious sunshine. So... we begin.

The Washington State Ferries are part of the Washington State highways system. The San Juan Island run begins, for us, with a two hour drive north of Seattle to Anacortes. The S.J Island ferry services Shaw, Lopez, Orcas islands and Sydney B.C., Canada, next door to the city of Victoria on Vancouver Island. It's a great, scenic ride even if you have no particular place to go!

So much information is available online about the American and Canadian San Juans, Canadian Gulf Islands, Victoria and the route north to Alaska that I'm not going to go in depth in my blogs. Stay tuned for more adventures.

Vessel Name: Argonaut
Vessel Make/Model: Cal-40
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Mike & Liz
Mike: I guess I've been sailing for more than 40 years; always with the idea of cruising to far away ports firmly embeded in the back of my mind. Reality, in the form of raising a family and making a living kept me out of the game until one day... [...]
Extra: It has been an amazing journey. I could have stayed home, or gone no farther than Mexico but I knew I'd never see this any other way. If there were only re-runs... The lesson is: If you wait until you're ready, you'll never go. So get off your butt and do it - whatever IT is.
Argonaut's Photos - Wishful thinking (Main)
Looking back at five years voyaging across the Pacific
12 Photos
Created 25 July 2012
Mix of Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival and home re-do project
25 Photos
Created 28 October 2011
Around the house
20 Photos
Created 4 August 2011
Tiki Tour through the Southwest
16 Photos
Created 14 June 2011
Trip on the Railroad
7 Photos
Created 20 May 2011
Seattle to Durango Colorado
12 Photos
Created 19 May 2011
Pacific Nortwest
13 Photos
Created 21 March 2011
On our way home. Australia to Seattle
6 Photos
Created 24 February 2011
Oz from Bundaberg to Sydney
23 Photos
Created 13 February 2011
My Adventures in Oz
8 Photos
Created 19 January 2011
Noumea New Caledonia
22 Photos
Created 18 October 2010
Port Vila to Port Sandwich
29 Photos
Created 6 October 2010
Port Resolution to Port Vila
12 Photos
Created 10 September 2010
Tanna Island, Vanuatu
29 Photos
Created 3 September 2010
Touring: Dunedin to Picton
17 Photos
Created 25 March 2010
South Island road trip
16 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 26 February 2010
8 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 30 January 2010
Continuation of New Zealand travel 2009/2110
40 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 13 January 2010
New Zealand 2009/2010
22 Photos
Created 19 December 2009
City and Raintree Park
19 Photos
Created 14 December 2009
A Yankee Thanksgiving in Kiwi Land
12 Photos
Created 7 December 2009
Tropical flowers
28 Photos
Created 14 November 2009
Boat ride, hike and lunch.
15 Photos
Created 3 November 2009
Foods from across the Pacific. From the Marquesas to Fiji and New Zealand
30 Photos
Created 25 October 2009
Samoa/Tonga/Vanuatu quakes
3 Photos
Created 20 October 2009
Likuri Island
6 Photos
Created 15 October 2009
Musket Cove Regatta Week
22 Photos
Created 11 September 2009
North from Musket Cove
25 Photos
Created 11 August 2009
Musket Cove: Mamanuka Islands, Fiji
13 Photos
Created 7 August 2009
Viti Levu/Mamanukas
16 Photos
Created 16 July 2009
First days in FIji
6 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 17 June 2009
1 Photo | 1 Sub-Album
Created 1 May 2009
Minerva Reef shirts and maintenance projects
12 Photos
Created 29 April 2009
Chacala, Guayabitos, Los Ayala, Lo de Marco, San Pancho, Saulita
36 Photos
Created 21 April 2009
In and around San Blas. Didn't take many pics. Too busy doing damn little.
9 Photos
Created 14 April 2009
Mazatlan to San Blas
27 Photos
Created 10 April 2009
Boatyard Wars
21 Photos
Created 30 March 2009
End of the road trip 2009
21 Photos
Created 25 March 2009
City, museum and gardens
18 Photos
Created 26 February 2009
Pics of our road trip
29 Photos
Created 23 February 2009
Hiking along the geothermal Highway
15 Photos
Created 19 February 2009
Hauraki Gulf. Classic Yacht Regatta and AC boats
17 Photos
Created 17 February 2009
Mexico to the South Pacific
52 Photos
Created 1 February 2009
8 Photos
Created 22 January 2009
15 Photos
Created 6 January 2009
Independent Samoa
12 Photos
Created 6 January 2009
Pacific Festival of the Arts/Pago Pago
12 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 6 January 2009