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Fighting Rapids at Squirrel Cove – Desolation Sound, British Columbia

on August 12th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

We left Pendrell Sound this morning to motor over to Squirrel Cove. Several boaters recommended this spot as a very well protected anchorage and since our weather turned a little sour we decided the cove might just be the ticket for a good night’s sleep. The photo below not only…

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Swimmingly Warm in Pendrell Sound – Desolation Sound, British Columbia

on August 11th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

We left our anchorage at Octopus Islands late morning, during slack tide, to head to Pendrell Sound. Just as most days during this trip, we had sunny skies and calm waters for our day’s cruise. “How was the swimming?” We often get asked this question in regards to how a…

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Negotiating Rapids At Hole In The Wall – Octopus Islands Marine Park, Desolation Sound

on August 9th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

After a restful time at Toba Wildernest we departed late morning for Octopus Islands Marine Park on Quadra Island in Desolation Sound. Our departure was timed according to the tide schedule to achieve safe passage to and from the Octopus Islands area. Boaters have to properly negotiate one to three…

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Something Special About Toba Wildernest

on August 8th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

We found Toba Inlet to be some of the most beautiful areas in Desolation Sound. When we were there the water was that greenish color, almost like we’d see in the Bahamas, it seemed to have phosphorescent glow about it. As we approached Toba Wildernest Resort, we enjoyed a parade of…

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Cruising Homfray Channel to Walsh Cove, British Columbia

on August 7th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

One of the beauties of cruising in Desolation Sound is that when you leave one place you have plenty of spots to consider for your next days docking or anchorage. We left Laura Cove after the three-day holiday weekend and headed northeast up Homfray Channel. We passed Homfray Lodge, a…

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Lots Of Rocks In Laura Cove

on August 6th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

During our three days in Laura Cove, we swam next to the boat every day in the clear, warm water, we hiked a little, took dinghy rides around Prideaux Haven to explore and visit with other boaters we knew who were also staying in one of the coves for the Canadian holiday…

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Settled Into Laura Cove For Canada’s Civic Holiday – Another Hike To Unwin Lake

on August 5th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

Once our anchor was set and lines tied to the big rock, Lisa prepared lunch to take out on a dinghy exploration of the surrounding area. We ventured out of the cove into Homfrey Channel turned the outboard off and floated around while having lunch with a spectacular mountain view…

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Cruising To Prideaux Haven

on August 4th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

Checking Out Melanie and Laura Coves Prideaux Haven, the area made up of Melanie and Laura Coves, is where we cruised to next. As you can see from the photos it was a spectacular day for cruising in Desolation Sound. This area is a very popular anchorage in Desolation Sound…

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Fueling and Provisioning at Refuge Cove

on August 3rd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

We haven’t been out cruising in Desolation Sound that long, this being our fifth day, but we missed getting fuel while we were at Gorge (it was busy when we left and we didn’t want to wait). So when we left Teakerne Arm we thought we’d head over to Refuge…

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Teakerne Arm – Wilderness With A Waterfall And Fresh Water Lake

on August 2nd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

Leaving Grace Harbour, we  had a short cruise to Lewis Channel before we made a turn up into Teakerne Arm and another anchorage in the wilderness. In the open waters I kept seeing a distinctive peak off in the distance, it seemed to appear from behind and above the waterside…

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Gorge Harbour, British Columbia

on July 30th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

We could not have had a better weather day to cruise from Comox to Gorge, BC, the last stop for the Ranger Tugs group cruise, after a little down time and one last party at the marina, we’ll all go our separate ways to explore Desolation Sound. As we all…

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A Top-Notch Marina in Sidney, Canada

on July 24th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

Sidney, not Ohio or Australia, a city on Vancouver Island was our next stop after Butchart Gardens. Working our way north out of Saanich Inlet and then east through Satellite Channel we ducked into John Passage, at less then slack tide, for a short cruise south to Sidney. We’d heard…

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Time To Stop and Smell The Roses

on July 23rd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

After checking in with Canadian Customs at Bedwell Harbor, we continued our day’s cruise over to Vancouver Island, down into Saanich Inlet continuing south to Todd Inlet’s Butchart Cove. We wanted to pick up one of the free mooring balls for the night, we could then dinghy over to have a…

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Checking In At Bedwell Harbor

on July 23rd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

When entering Canada by water boaters have to check into Canadian Customs at the first available Customs Station. After anchoring in Prevost Harbor off of Stuart Island in the San Juan Islands of mainland Washington (at the northwestern furthest point in the 48 contiguous United States), we headed into Canadian…

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Positioning Ourselves In Prevost Harbor Off Stuart Island

on July 22nd, 2013 in CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

From Anacortes we headed straight to the northern end of the San Juan Islands to spend one night on the hook in Prevost Harbor before we checked in at customs in Bedwell Harbor, British Columbia. Stuart Island was just south of  Boundary Pass and Bedwell Harbor and just short of a heavy…

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The Anacortes Connection

on July 22nd, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

We’d been to Anacortes, Washington, the gateway to the San Juans Islands, several times in the past 15 years so it felt a little like a home away from home for us. After launching the boat and stowing the trailer and truck it was time to get organized for some…

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Family Time… In A Family Way

on July 16th, 2013 in Oregon by | Comments

After dropping our boat off at the Ranger Tug factory in Kent Washington for an auto pilot install we drove to Portland, Oregon to spend time with our son Ross, his girlfriend Sarah and our soon to be grandchild… due date early October. Lisa and I were able to spend…

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Boater Homing in Fruitland, Idaho

on July 15th, 2013 in Puget Sound, TRAILERING by | Comments

Our last two road days included a stop in Fruitland, Idaho where we selected a shady site at an RV park for the night. Still hot but bearable with the shade of the overhead trees filtering the intense heat from the sun making it comfortable sleeping in the boat. We…

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Preparing, Packing and Planning…

on June 17th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Gulf Islands, INLAND LAKES:, Oregon, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, Seattle by | Comments

After spending this past winter holed up at home in northern Michigan remodeling our kitchen, we feel we’re more than ready for some new cruising adventure, so we are preparing, planning and packing to head west soon to begin another fun boating season. First we’ll visit the Flaming Gorge Reservoir…

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Last Night in Portland

on September 21st, 2011 in CRUISING :, Oregon, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

We spent our last few nights in Portland at the City Dock right next to the River View Marina. Not a bad view at night with all the lights from the bridges and downtown. No amenities on the almost free dock but it’s right downtown and that was a big…

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Today We Come to Name this Lady… Kismet

on September 21st, 2011 in BUILDING KISMET :, CRUISING :, Oregon, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

For thousands of years, we have gone to sea. We have crafted vessels to carry us and we have called them by name. These ships will nurture and care for us through perilous seas, and so we affectionately call them “she.” To them we toast, and ask to celebrate… KISMET….

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Friends & Family

on September 20th, 2011 in CRUISING :, Oregon, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

We’ve been planning this dinner ever since we saw Patti & Eric in Sandpoint, Idaho, in August. Tonight it was finally time to meet kids and grandkids, see a new home and share a meal. It was one of those nights that you never want to come to an end….

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Meeting Naomi…

on September 19th, 2011 in CRUISING :, Oregon, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

Two nights ago, we finally got to meet Ross’ girlfriend, Naomi. We live so far away from Ross and opportunities to connect are so few. So these five days in Portland with Ross and Naomi are very precious to us. They both took time off work several days to sightsee,…

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River View Marina – Portland, Oregon

on September 17th, 2011 in CRUISING :, Oregon, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

On our own this time dropping Kismet into the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. We took our time and eased the trailer onto the boat ramp and into the water. Because we were going slow it took us about an hour to complete the whole process. Finding a spot to…

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Back to the Factory to Pick Up Boat and Trailer

on September 16th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

After a few minor fixes and upgrades we prepare to depart from the Ranger Tug factory in Kent, WA. Kenny (below-left) helped us get on our way by checking tire pressure and helping with hitching the boat to our truck for the first time. We’ll be heading to Portland, Oregon…

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Sleeping in Seattle

on September 12th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Seattle by | Comments

After a walk through the market, and dinner still warm in our tummies, we were treated to a full moon and the bright lights of downtown Seattle. A great way to end our stay on the water in Washington State. We’ll take the boat out of the water and drive…

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And Finally… The Dinner

on September 12th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Seattle by | Comments

On the Boat – Bell Harbor Marina A day of shopping produces a feast on the boat tonight.    

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Almost Finished…. The Flowers

on September 12th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Seattle by | Comments

Pike Place Market – Seattle, Washington The flowers come in all shades of pinks, golds, reds, purples, oranges and more. A bounty of color and freshness to behold.

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Next… Everything In-between

on September 12th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Seattle by | Comments

Pike Place Market – Seattle, Washington Meats, sausages, pastries, cheeses, olives, peppers and salads. The Pike Place Market is a one stop shop.

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Then Comes the Produce

on September 12th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Seattle by | Comments

Pike Place Market – Seattle, Washington A little bit of this, a little bit of that… Wash it, peel it, chop it and fry it all up.

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