A few weeks ago, while cruising in the San Juan Islands, we watched the International Space Station (ISS) zip across the horizon two nights in a row. That was pretty cool. It would have been even cooler if I had already seen this video about how an AIS receiver on the ISS helped to save […]
The Victoria Times Colonist reports that Victoria’s new Victoria International Marina, a $22-million megayacht haven, is going to begin construction again next month, after fits and starts due to legal and fisheries delays over the past several years. We first reported on the new marina ...
After Tahsis, we replicate the annual spring migration of the Mowachaht band and head for Friendly Cove. Well, we didn’t take a canoe. But neither do they, these days … it’s mostly runabouts or trips on the Uchuck III, which also happened to be in ...
Looking back, we have kinda done things by decades: there was a decade (or two) of motorcycle touring, a decade of flying, several decades of RVing and boating.Over the past winter, we decided we were ready for a change. Wild Blue has been a constant in our lives since we picked her up at the […]
Sailing is fun. You wouldn’t think you’d have to say that, but browsing boat magazines and websites, one could get the idea that boats are about being tough, doing grueling maintenance, or traveling to exotic locales. No folks, they’re definitely … Continue reading →
August 5-15, 2014 Channels upon channels, upon straits, upon passages, upon more channels…It is easy to imagine the early explorers getting lost in British Columbia’s (BC’s) labyrinthine waterways. I frequently lose track of where we are and have to run to consult the chart. We checked into Canadian Customs in Prince Rupert, which as far […]
Distance traveled: 30.6 miles Travel time: 4 hrs, 21 mins As usual, we began our day with coffee and listening to Environment Canada on the VHF radio. We’re starting to think Environment Canada broadcasts the SAME forecast every single day: wind 15 knots in the morning (or sometimes a “high wind warning” instead), and rising […]
Our friend Don (from Knotty-C) came by late this afternoon.Â Joan was taking a nap, so he and I found some shade and visited for a while.Â Wasn’t long before our friend Sam joined us… then invited us to tour his Nordic Tug 37.Â He took us back to where it is docked in his […]
Our naturalist Rachel sent me some photos of whales we have seen recently. I share these with her permission. Enjoy…Great job, Rachel! [...] more Post and any images courtesy of Captain Jim.Read the full post on Captain Jim
Vintage postcard detailOlympic Peninsula postcard pub. by C. P. Johnston Co., Seattle, WA.From the archives of S. P. H. S.© “An array of the time-worn craft plying the Shelton run in the ’80s and ’90s would be an interesting sight today. The tri-weekly boats from Tacoma making all the way-stops included the ancient JOSEPHINE, MESSENGER, OTTER, […]
The boat is a demanding mistress. We’ve been taking a break from working hard on her, preferring to spend weekends sailing. Still, that list of boat chores isn’t getting shorter so we’ve started knocking a few small things out. Doing … Continue reading →
Distance traveled: 46.0 miles Travel time: 5 hrs, 41 mins Our plan for today was to go 7 miles from Sointula to Alert Bay. So we slept in, drank coffee and loitered. At 9:30am after listening to Environment Canada on the weather channel, we discussed that the weather on unpredictable, sometimes ferocious Johnstone Strait seemed […]