• Port Mac

    Eventually, inevitably, we came to Port McNeill. If you’re northbound along the Inside Passage, Port McNeill is hard to avoid, and you probably wouldn’t want to. It’s a frontier town with tidy, large, plain houses looking out onto the amazing vision of Queen Charlotte Strait. ...

Cape Flattery to Seattle

We “turned the corner” this morning at 6:06, in moderate fog. Unlike most of our northward trip, we were no longer alone. We saw many fishing vessels on the radar and a few at close range. The sun was trying to peek through the marine layer. The 2 knot tide (going out) tried to push us […]

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Bowen Island to Sidney

With the memory of our last crossing of the Strait of Georgia from Bowen Island seared into our brains, we pushed past our PTSD and reluctantly left the dock at Snug Cove. There was really no need for any worry with more lovely weather in the forecast, it was only the haunting memory of our […]

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Tug Tyee

Tug TYEE, locking through, Seattle, WA.Original photo from the James A. Turner Collection,Saltwater People Historical Society©Click to enlarge. The big tug TYEE, of the Puget Sound Tug Boat Co’s fleet, entered Friday Harbor from Ladysmith after clearing for Victoria, went to Waldron Island to tow a barge of sandstone to Grays Harbor.       The […]

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Greeting Party

Enough about exhaust systems. Let’s focus on something more fun. On our recent trip to bring Galapagos home, in the middle of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, we had a tiny miracle. The humpback whales came out to wave … Continue reading →

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Newport to Cape Flattery

We left Newport at 5 am. It was beautiful as we slid out under the nifty old Hwy 101 bridge.We had a breakfast that includes none of the recommended food groups – tea and popcorn (a staple on Jason). And salt. If you are worried about our diet, don’t be. We have plenty of other healthy […]

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Exhaust elbow blues, reprise

Raise your hand if you thought we would have some trouble with that exhaust set up on Galapagos during our recent shake down trip from Astoria, Oregon to Tacoma.  Yeah, don’t gloat. Because our hands are raised, too.  If you’ve … Continue reading →

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Destination: Eucott Bay

Note: There is no VHF reception inside Eucott Bay. With some cruising grounds, it’s all about what lies at the end of the road: a sandy beach, a waterfall, a special hike.  And with others, it’s what takes place along the way.  Cruising the Central Coast is the perfect mixture of both; and one of […]

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The perfect peach

Southern cooking is in! For some reason, it’s sprung up all over in cooking magazines and now I see it everywhere. My Southern mother-in-law taught me that a fresh peach pie was far superior to one with baked peaches, and with the arrival of peak-season peaches, I’d have to agree. Late July and early August […]

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Newport, and nowhere else

We were asleep last night by 8:30 pm. At 9:15 pm I woke to the noise of the Coast Guard rescue boat filling up. We woke again at 4 am. Or rather, the alarm went off at 4. A moment later I opened one eye as I heard Jim coming to our end of the […]

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