Saturday, June 13, 2009

Hope Island State Park

Easy trip to Hope Island this morning where we attempted to moor. All the mooring balls were taken though so we went back to the south side of the island and anchored. With the wind out of the WNW this really isn't so bad. Frank fished and I sunbathed while the kids napped. Buggers woke up cranky, but we hopped in the kayaks and headed for the island anyway. We ended up going around the eastern end of the island and beaching on the north side after paddling in some wicked current. Katreina led us on a path through the woods, the whole time turning around to say, "shhh!!"--she was looking for fairies. The trail took us all the way across the island to a fantastic view of the boat. Sadly, no camera. Then we had to tote the tired kids back across the island and paddle into the current once more to complete our circumnavigation of the island.

Our anchorage on the south side of Hope Island

Dinner was painful. The kids are seriously not themselves today. Regardless, we decided to hit the south beach for some more playing around. Katreina climbed a crazy steep rock and Trent killed a baby crab (accident--crab pinched him and he "pinched" back!) and got very wet and sandy! As we got ready to leave we saw a huge bald eagle roosting overhead. Gorgeous!

My climber!

Love this family pic!

Now the drama is over, the kids are in bed, someone on Camano Island is shooting fireworks (it's not even dark yet!), and Frank is fishing (not catching)!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

A weekend away

Frank & I got out of class/work early today so we were pretty set on getting underway and heading north to Hope Island State Park. The tides and wicked current at our dock, however, had other plans. We were off by lunch, but wouldn't be able to leave until after 3. We decided to make the best of the time, taking in a lunch date at Kate's and then (I can't believe I'm about to admit this) a nap! We got the kids around 3, spent a little time at the fiesta at Katreina's school, then made preps to get underway.

The wind had picked up, I'm guessing to about 10kts, and of course was pushing us towards our neighbor's boat. A mega-yacht was also docked in the guest moorage right in front of us. So Frank got us underway the best way he knows how--aggressively! Between the current and the wind he had to gun the engine a bit to get us clear of everyone else. As we headed out into Possession Sound the wind crept up and it was pretty choppy and honestly things weren't looking good below decks! Then one of the kayaks slid loose. I was thankful for something to force me topside as I'm sure I was looking pretty green! We got that tied off, then I debated how I could cook for the kids. After hitting some 30kt gusts and 30 degrees of heel at one point, we decided to motor so that I could cook and get the kids ready for bed. Whew! It was kind of exhausting.

We're now happily anchored in Elgar Bay under a calm wind and clear sky, hoping to make it up to Hope Island by early afternoon tomorrow. Frank is fishing, I'm blogging...we're happy!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

It also really sucks when...

...you open your son's door in the morning and smell something not totally unlike the previous night's dinner, but not really good either. Then you uncover him to find he's been sleeping in vomit for God only knows how long. And of course his diaper is a mess, too. And of course he's cranky and wants to remain buried in that filthy bed while you have to chase him down, then attempt to make him smell somewhat human before you ship him off to daycare.

Days like this a washer/dryer would be nice.

Monday, June 8, 2009

It really sucks when...

...you get all the way to the showers at the marina office and realize that you don't have your towel. With any luck, you'll be wearing a rather absorbant long-sleeve t-shirt that will work in a pinch. Grrr....