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Seattle – Miss You Already!

on September 18th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound, Seattle by | Comments

As we approached the final weeks of our PNW cruising adventure, I asked Lisa if there was one place she wanted to visit before our trip came to a close. Unsurprisingly she said, “Downtown Seattle of course.” That’s why we positioned ourselves at the Bainbridge Island anchorage for two nights…

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Eagle Harbor Anchorage – Bainbridge Island, WA

on September 14th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

Bainbridge Island sits north and west of downtown Seattle – Eagle Harbor was our choice for one night on the hook. On a clear day, you can plainly see Seattle’s skyline eight miles to the east across Puget Sound. Eagle Harbor is home to the City of Bainbridge Island, which…

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Torpedo Town USA – Keyport, WA

on September 13th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

After doing some research of the Liberty Bay area, for our planned stop in Poulsbo, I stumbled across information on the little town of Keyport, WA., nicknamed “Torpedo Town USA. Its major tourist facility, the Naval Undersea Museum is located at the a small U.S. Navy depot, Torpedo Research and…

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A Taste of Scandinavia in Poulsbo, WA

on September 12th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

Poulsbo, sitting at the edge of Liberty Bay, is a delightful, highly Scandinavian influenced, community. This quaint, picturesque, little town has a strong Norwegian heritage. Its founders came from Norway via Michigan and Minnesota to settle in a landscape that was similar to their own snow peaked mountains and fjords. Other…

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Port Townsend Recommendation

on September 10th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

Over the years people have highly recommended a visit to Port Townsend, WA, but, for whatever reason, we have never made the stop. During our trip out west this year, we put Port Townsend on our planned route as we headed south from the San Juans toward Puget Sound. Port…

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Transiting Desolation Pass in a Pocket of Fog

on September 9th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

After spending a pleasant night on the hook at Hope Island, we woke to a blanket of fog so thick, we could hardly see more then 150 feet in any direction. We waited and waited until finally, close to our planned departure time, the fog began to lift a little….

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Catching a Mooring Ball at Hope Island

on September 8th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

Leaving the dock at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes, I saw our fuel gage flashing a bright red “low fuel” light, setting my mind into a bit of a panic. Idling to the fuel dock, I was hoping we’d make it before running completely out. how embarrassing would that have…

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2013 Ranger Tugs and Cutwater Rendezvous – Anacortes, WA

on September 7th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

One of the ancillary benefits of boating are the many social opportunities present. Everywhere we anchor or dock we’ll either run into old friends or we’ll end up meeting some very interesting people. We can’t think of a better place to do this than at the annual Ranger Tug/Cutwater 2013…

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Last Stop in the San Juans – Spencers Spit

on September 3rd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

Spencer Spit, situated on the eastern side of Lopez Island in the San Juan Island chain, is a Washington State Marine Park, which means the area has mooring buoys, beach campsites, and hiking. We’ve never anchored or moored here, so we choose this spot as our days end destination, after…

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Grand Traverse Yacht Club Contingent Overtakes Garrison Bay – San Juan Islands, WA

on September 2nd, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

We left Roche Harbor to go whale watching in Haro Strait, the water was glassy smooth. It would be the last chance for a whale sighting this trip to the PNW – unfortunately it was not meant to be, but we had fun looking. Our next stop was Garrison Bay…

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Roche Harbor – A Boating Mecca

on September 1st, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

In 1845, the quaint waterside marine village of Roche Harbor, on San Juan Island, started out as a trading post for the Hudson Bay Company. By 1857 both the United States and Britain were claiming the San Juan Islands as their territories, based on a dispute over the western border…

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Hiking on Sucia Island to See Caves, Rock Formations and Beautiful Pacific Madrona Trees

on August 30th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

Leaving Friday Harbor behind us we cruised to Sucia Island, a Washington State Park sitting in the San Juan Islands at the base of Strait of Georgia, only 3.5 miles from the Canadian border. Our 16-mile ride, from Friday Harbor, was short and uneventful, however during the last few miles…

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Reunion in Friday Harbor with Willy’s Tug and Circle T

on August 27th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound, San Juan Islands by | Comments

Friday Harbor is a picturesque town and the largest small town in the San Juan Islands; you could say it’s the hub of commerce for the islands. This was our third time staying in the harbor. It has been said that the boating community is a small world, our slip just…

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Toodle-oo Canada

on August 26th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Gulf Islands, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

We left Vancouver Island in our wake as we bid Canada goodbye, with our bow now pointed toward Haro Straight, we began to feel the pull of our country drawing us back to familiar shores after the close of a long-planned boating adventure. It was late in the day when…

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Bear Sighting in Chemainus, Vancouver Island, Canada

on August 25th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Gulf Islands, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

Always on the lookout for something new to experience, we decided to visit Chemainus on our return trip south, through the Gulf Islands, on our way back to the U.S. The name, Chemainus, originates from the native shaman and prophet “Tsa-meeun-is,” which stands for Broken Chest. Legend goes that the man survived…

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Into the Light… Jedediah Island

on August 23rd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Gulf Islands, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Sunshine Coast, West (Gulf) Coast by | Comments

The closer we got to Jedediah Island the calmer the waters and our nerves became. As we sliced through the channel, with the powerful push of following seas behind us, we traveled between Jedediah and Bull Islands (both islands are protected by two larger islands, Texada and Lasqueti), making our…

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The Storm

on August 23rd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Gulf Islands, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Sunshine Coast by | Comments

Leaving the calm of Pender Harbour behind us, we headed out toward the Malaspina Straight, pointed southwest towards the Gulf Islands. We were aware of the storm that was to arrive later in the day and, based on the weather reports, we thought if we left early enough in the…

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Pender Harbour… Calm Before the Storm

on August 22nd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Sunshine Coast by | Comments

We timed our departure from Chatterbox Falls to catch the first slack tide at Malibu Rapids; once back into Jervis Inlet we enjoyed a leisurely cruise, retracing the 40-mile route as we headed for our end of day destination, Pender Harbour. A lot of the Canadian boaters we met during our…

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Leaving Chatterbox Falls, Princess Louisa and Jervis Inlets Behind

on August 21st, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Princess Louisa Inlet/Chatterbox Falls by | Comments

And then it was time to leave, we could have stayed at Chatterbox Falls at least a week and not gotten bored of our surroundings, the other boaters we’d yet to meet or the indescribable energy of, what Jim calls the, “Inner Sanctum.” Taking advantage of a picture perfect day…

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Last Night at Chatterbox Falls

on August 20th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Princess Louisa Inlet/Chatterbox Falls by | Comments

With Some Absolute, a Little Tonic and Santana to Light the Way By our third night on the dock we were really starting to feel at home as we helped some boaters leave the dock and others tie up. This exchange of boats happens daily at Chatterbox Falls. Seaplanes were…

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Dinghy Ride to Malibu Club for Ice Cream

on August 20th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Princess Louisa Inlet/Chatterbox Falls by | Comments

One of the things we had come to enjoy while cruising in the Pacific Northwest this year was our time exploring away from the boat by dinghy. We would try to get as much information about where to beach our dinghy so that could do a nice hike and maybe…

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Dinghy Ride Away from Shore for Better Vantage Point of the Falls

on August 19th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Princess Louisa Inlet/Chatterbox Falls by | Comments

While out exploring by dinghy at high tide, we idled in as close to the falls as we dared, waterfall mist soaking us as we floated over the seabed we had earlier in the day been walking on. We were also able to get a better vantage point of the…

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Chatterbox Falls… Hear it Roar!

on August 19th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Princess Louisa Inlet/Chatterbox Falls by | Comments

After our slow cruise through the magnificent granite-walled gorge, we could finally make out Chatterbox Falls roaring at the head of Princess Louisa Inlet. The fall is part of the Loquilts River, which empties into the inlet.  It had been raining for several days before our arrival to Princess Louisa…

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Transiting Malibu Rapids to Gain Access to Princess Louisa Inlet and Chatterbox Falls

on August 18th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Princess Louisa Inlet/Chatterbox Falls by | Comments

In order to gain access to the inner sanctum of Princess Louisa Inlet and subsequently Chatterbox Falls, you first have to negotiate the entrance to the inlet, Malibu Rapids. (This is also where the Malibu Club sits promptly on top of the big boulders at the entrance to the inlet.)…

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Positioning Ourselves at Hardy Island for the Run Up to Chatterbox Falls

on August 17th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Sunshine Coast by | Comments

We were somewhat protected by Texada Island as we cruised 21 miles southeast from Powell River to Hardy Island, located at the base of Jervis Inlet, for our eventual cruise up to Princess Louisa Inlet, Malibu Rapids and finally Chatterbox Falls. Entering Blind Bay we found calm waters ideal for…

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Wet and Bumpy Ride to Powell River

on August 17th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Sunshine Coast by | Comments

  We had strong, guess you could almost say instinctual, reservations about leaving Lund the next day, it was rainy and quite windy, so we waited a bit to see how the rain and wind conditions would develop. Our intent was to cruise to Hardy Island to anchor out for…

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Leaving Desolation Sound for the Village of Lund, British Columbia

on August 15th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Sunshine Coast by | Comments

Entering the Sunshine Coast… After two glorious weeks of picture perfect boating weather and sensory overload during our exploration of Canada’s Desolation Sound, the time had come to start working our way south/southeast. We had a calm but overcast day to exit Desolation sound from our anchorage in Roscoe Bay….

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A Few Video Clips from Ranger Tugs 2013 Desolation Sound Cruise

on August 15th, 2013 in BOAT CLUB RENDEZVOUS :, CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, TUG NUTS - Ranger Tugs Group by | Comments

Seeking Crystal Clear Water of Black Lake

on August 14th, 2013 in CANADA, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

One of the activities we came to enjoy while cruising Desolation Sound was hiking to the many inland, fresh water, lakes. Black Lake was one such lake located not far from our anchorage in Roscoe Cove. After a short dinghy ride it was easily accessed by a fairly short woodsy…

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Wrapping Up Our Desolation Sound Cruise in Beautiful Roscoe Bay

on August 13th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

We saved the last two days of our Desolation Sound cruise for Roscoe Bay. Once inside the narrow entrance to the inner cove (which guide books state is best navigated on a rising tide), we took our time to slowly cruise the anchorage (photo-below), we wanted to find the perfect…

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