Our summer boating adventure started on Saturday, the 24th, an absolutely gorgeous day to be on the water. We had stayed on the boat Friday night and fueled up first thing in the morning. We were out of Des Moines at 8:00 a.m. on the dot. Our first excitement was passing downtown Seattle and seeing a humpback whale spout then flip his tail and go down. Passing along the shoreline of Shoreline I was texting with good friends who were looking for us through their binoculars. We waved at each other but were really not able see from the distance. Our next ‘wave-by’ was passing my mom at Clinton on Whidbey Island. She was out clam digging at the extreme low tide so we waved at each other as we cruised on by. Our last ‘wave-by’ was to good friends on Camano Island. I was able to see them waving their shade umbrella at us from way up on the high bank.
We stopped for the day at Deception Pass State Marine Park. There is a dock with shore access, some mooring buoys and two floating docks not attached to shore that can hold several boats, depending on their size. We were happy to see plenty of room and we had one of the floating docks all to ourselves for the night. We were pretty surprised how few boats were out on the water and at the marine park considering the record setting heat wave!
There was a little excitement late afternoon. First a fire truck with lights flashing shows up. A short time later a small fast boat came in with a young woman who was having some sort of medical issue. She wasn’t wet so had not fallen in. She did not appear intoxicated but needed help walking. Next an ambulance showed up. After about 45 minutes everyone left but she was not transported. My guess is it was heat exhaustion/heat stroke…
Sunday morning we passed under the Deception Pass bridge. The current was running at about 5.5 knots with us so we really flew through. The water was almost the calmest I had ever seen out in the Straits of Juan de Fuca and Haro Strait. The biggest problem was navigating around tons of whale watching boats off of San Juan Island. We saw nary an orca.
It was such a good day we decided to cross into Canada a day earlier than planned. We cleared Canadian Customs quickly at Bedwell Harbor then headed to Ganges on Saltspring Island. There was plenty of moorage on the Port Authority docks so picked a good spot and tied up. We were going to go out to dinner but most of the items were seafood and we didn’t want that since we would be catching our own soon. I told Garry we could BBQ burgers and go out Monday when we go to Silva Bay marina on Gabriela Island.
Which brings us to today… Monday…. we did a little shopping in Ganges at the grocery store and marine/hardware store and took off for Silva Bay. There was a little more wind today and quite a bit when we got to Silva Bay. They are so friendly and accommodating here and it is a great place to be when we want to cross the Straits of Georgia. The bad news is the restaurant has changed hands and is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Just my luck. So I have something out of the freezer and maybe will go out tomorrow if we make it across the Straits. I will keep checking weather but Tuesday afternoon looks like a possibility.
The boat is running great. After 3 years of frustration our depth sounder is working correctly. Believe me, that is a very good thing! The port engine is still having issues when we are docking but it is not as bad and Garry has gotten good about how to deal with it. Our new sun shade on the back deck is really nice.
That is it for now. Stay tuned for further adventures.