Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Sub under escort
Sliding under the bridge at Agate Pass
This morning the kids actually slept later than their Aunt Fawn, who called at 7am! They were up shortly thereafter and we gave Daddy some gifts and enjoyed pancakes and eggs before pulling the hook. Sailing now, heading back to Everett to perhaps hit the farmer's market and the playground. This was a nice overnight trip that I would definitely like to repeat!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
1. One on the dock we're on now--great view, lots of people/boats to look at, long walk to car, wicked currents, pier shape makes backing in tough.
2. "J" dock--close to parking, close to bathrooms (but showers still a walk), still near all the "action" of the marina, wicked narrow slip.
3. "K" north--back quiet corner of the marina, close to parking, little wind/current concerns, VERY easy slip to get in/out of, no real neighbors, near the shipyard, little walk to showers/laundry, near a marine store, swanky covered/auto door to the pier.
Well, we went with option #3. As a family, we hang out together anyway and kayak around the marina so we can still socialize. In the winter, the short walk and covered access will be key and right now this slip will help us get underway and back in with MUCH more flexibility. If we get too lonely in our little back corner, we can always go on the "preference list" to move to a different spot, but for now I'm excited! We'll tie up there after we return from our weekend out over the 4th.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
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!
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
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
Days like this a washer/dryer would be nice.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Today started off at Der Baring General Store for a hearty breakfast (that's all you'll find out in those parts!) and lots of coffee. Frank got back to work on the yard while I took the munchkins to the park in Index to continue adding to the layer of filth covering them.
"MY LATTE!!!!"Seriously very little wind today, so we're just going to relax around here. The kids looked wiped anyway and Frank is STILL not feeling 100%.