Wayward Wind Adventures

Wayward Wind is a 43 Nordhavn

22 July 2021 | Mt. Erie Anacortes Washington
13 July 2021 | San Juan Islands
04 July 2021
03 July 2021 | Prevost Harbor, Stuart Island
23 June 2021 | Penrose Point
21 June 2021 | Gig Harbor
20 June 2021 | Gig Harbor
13 June 2021 | Poulsbo, Washington
09 June 2021 | Port Townsend
05 June 2021
03 June 2021
26 May 2021 | San Juan Islands
22 May 2021 | Anacortes
16 May 2021 | Anacortes
14 May 2021 | Gig Harbor
13 May 2021 | Tacoma Washington
08 May 2021 | Poulsbo, Washington
04 May 2021 | Des Moines Marina
03 May 2021 | Des Moines Marina
26 April 2021 | Anacortes

My. Erie

22 July 2021 | Mt. Erie Anacortes Washington
Jan Norman | Sunny
We have spent the last week at the dock in Anacortes getting many items off of our to do list. Since the Canadian Border isn't open to boaters yet, it is a good time to get things done for next year's expedition. But today is a great day for a hike and the Vista Guy wants to hike Mt. Erie. Mt. Erie has an elevation of 1300 feet and the trail is part of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands. The views from the top are well worth the sweat it took to get there. This is a hike we will do again.

A Week with Grace

13 July 2021 | San Juan Islands
Jan Norman | Sunny
The day finally came - our soon to be 17 granddaughter, Grace, was coming to spend a week with us. We have been looking forward to her visit so now it is time to let the fun begin. Once she got on board and settled in her stateroom we untied the lines and headed out to Blind Bay on Shaw Island. Kayaking was first on the list. We paddled the short way across the bay to Blind Island which is a popular stop for the long distance kayakers to camp for the night. It is a very small island so it didn't take long to explore and enjoy the view across to Orcas Island. Next day we went to shore and took a long hike through the Ellis Preserve. Along the way we checked out the tiny Shae Island library and one room school. Before paddling back to Wayward Wind we enjoyed an ice cream bar from the General Store. Next day was a ferry ride to Friday Harbor to see the sights and eat ice cream. And then it was on to Stuart Island. We walked to the lighthouse, climbed Tip Top Mountain, shopped Stuart Island style, dinghy ride around Satellite Island, kayaked, beachcomber, and explored Satellite Island. After a few days it was time to return to Anacortes where we had a picnic at Washington Park and took a drive to Mt. Erie. And of course ended the day with ice cream. Each night we played cards, told stories, and laughed a lot. Sadly it was time to take Grace to the airport. But the fun wasn't over yet. We stopped in Seattle to ride the Big Wheel, explore Pike Place Market, and have lunch. It was a busy week and one we will remember with love. (To see the pictures of the week go to the gallery and check out Grace's Week)

A Foggy Passage

04 July 2021
Jan Norman | Sun turning to fog turning to sun
We have traveled through Thatcher Pass numerous times. It is the popular way to cruise from Anacortes to the San Juan Islands. We have made the crossing in sunny weather, flat dead, wind, rough seas, you name it, we have been there. Well today's crossing takes the cake! Traveling east from Stuart Island all was going well, a little current against us but a normal passing
Then just as we passed Spencer Spit on Lopez Island the fog started rolling in. By the time we got to Thatcher Pass it was thick, dense fog. Thankfully our radar works well. There were three Nordhavns in the pass two ferries, and numerous small fishing boats. We know this because of our radar, we couldn't see them until they were less than 1/8 of a mile from us. And then just as we left the pass and entered Rosario Strait, there were two tugs pulling barges, one coming towards us from the south the other from the north. What to do? Put the throttle on full speed ahead!!
What a passage. But the Captain kept his cool and by the time we had crossed Rosario Strait the fog had lifted, the sun was out, and it turned into a beautiful day. Happy 4th of July!

Fun times with Friends

03 July 2021 | Prevost Harbor, Stuart Island
Jan Norman | Sunny
We spent the last week with Dan and Angie from m/v Salish Aire. We hiked everyday, kayaked most evenings, and simply enjoyed God's beautiful creation. Racoons, blue herons, kingfishers, deer, and Bald Eagles - wildlife in abundance.

A blast from the past

23 June 2021 | Penrose Point
Jan Norman | Sunny and warm
A trip to South Puget Sound would not be complete without a visit to Ketron Island. Ketron is a small island jewel just a half mile off the coast of Steilacoom. We lived on this island paradise in the 1980's. Our son's were 7 and 8 when we moved there. There were 14 people on the island, of which we were four. All the other residents were retired consequently the boys had a wealth of "grandparents". They pretty much had the run of the island. Touring around it brought back many fond memories of the people who lived there, our home, and life in general on this special island. But there is no public access on Ketron so after the circumnavigation we continued on to Penrose State Park where we met up with our friends aboard Morningstar. We spent a couple of days at Penrose hiking, kayaking, and enjoying a delicious fresh strawberry milkshake. Live is good!.

Still Here!

21 June 2021 | Gig Harbor
Jan Norman | Hot
Weather is predicted to be sweltering today. So we changed plans and went to a dock, washed the boat and fully charged the batteries. Then we rode the air conditioned trolly around town. - more than once. Did I mention air conditioned! Seniors ride for free!. Got some groceries, visited a few microbreweries, and had an excellent burger at The Burger Shop. It was a great day in Gig Harbor. But tomorrow we really will be moving on.
Vessel Name: Wayward Wind
Vessel Make/Model: Nordhavn 43
Hailing Port: Brookings OR
Crew: Jerry & Jan Norman
We did some cruising many years ago, mostly in the San Juan Islands. We retired in Dec. of 2007 purchased a 40 foot Nordhavn "Knot Dreamin" and began cruising full time. After 3 years we sold that boat and immediately had boat withdrawals. [...]
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