We made is safe and sound (no pun intended) from Blaine to Ballard this weekend. The first three or four hours of the trip while we crossed the Alden Banks and until the very northern edge of the San Juan Islands we're pretty unpleasant. The seas were very disturbed (i.e., going in all directions) because of the 4 foot swell out of the N and the 1-3 foot wind waves out of the South. It us made us buckle down a bit and get serious about the trip which was good. At that point we were preparing ourselves for a repeat or worse as we crossed the Strait of Juan De Fuca. But as we we enjoyed the peaceful coastal waters of the San Juan Islands and entered the strait, we were pleasantly surprised that the water was calms as could be. You seriously could water skied out there. To top it off the sun was out a bit; it was still a little chilly but nice to see the sun just the same. We spent the night in Hudson Point Marina at Port Townsend and had a nice walk around the town, some wine, some food. Port Townsend is a great little town and one I look forward to visiting again.
Sunday we departed for Shilshole and actually sailed for a few hours, but the winds were light and we were on a schedule so we fired up the iron sail and motored into Shilshole Bay Marina. D-Dock is our new home temporarily while we wait for a permanent slip. We may need to sublet again or move around the sound, but for now until the end of August Deep Playa is a scant 15 minutes away as opposed to 2 hours!
Sunday we stayed a The Dinghy (our condo) but Monday night after work we visited Deep Playa to have dinner and we had our first visitor. Our friend Anna stopped by and shared some wine and food. It was great to see her as she will be soon leaving town for a few weeks. So now we have a guest book photo set on Flickr, hopefully you will stop by and join Anna's photo in the archive.
With the boat closer to home we can focus on the chores to be done, first and foremost ripping out the toilet and holding bag (yes bag) and putting in the composting head, more to come on that for sure!