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September 02, 2008

Rest of August 2008

Pictures from August 2008

After that amazing trip that we had, it was really hard to get back into the swing of things.  I just wanted to take the boat back out and take off for good.  Of course we can't do that right now, but I can't wait until we can.  The last couple weeks have been pretty boring for the most part.  The weather hasn't been all that great, so we have just been getting ready for school.  We had some amazing sunsets, though:

Those pictures were all taken from the boat.  And people wonder why we live this way.  The kids have been spending as much time as possible on the docks fishing for whatever they can find.  It seems like the most popular creature for this time of year is the nudibranch:

These creatures are pretty cool.  I didn't even know they existed until Zak informed me what they were last year.  I actually thought he had made up the name, but I was wrong.  Zak knew what he was talking about.  I asked him where he learned about the nudibranchs and he told me it was from the documentary I got for him a couple years ago.  How does he remember this stuff?  I guess those documentaries aren't too bad for the kids.

We also had to say goodbye to some great friends from our dock.  They are leaving for a year and taking their boat to Mexico.  Lucky people!  I'm pretty jealous.  Here's us saying goodbye to Hawkwind (KC, Elaine, Bailey, and Abby) and them cutting the lines free:

Bye guys!  We'll miss you and be safe!

Finally, we had my parents come over for a visit during Labor Day weekend.  It was so great seeing them and we had a great time.  We were able to get the boat out on Saturday and headed for Blake Island.  My Dad's cousin and family came with us, as well.

It was a great day hanging out at Blake Island.  We were able to walk around a bit and do some beachcombing.  The kids enjoyed playing on the beach and getting completely soaked. 

 

We headed home right after lunch and decided to show my parents what our life is really like.  We invited all our friends over and had a dock party.  The weather was really nice and we all had a great time.  Mom and Dad took the kids both nights they were here, so Scott and I enjoyed a little time alone, too!    It was a great weekend.  Now it's time to get ready for school.  I can't believe the summer is already over.

 

Summer 2008 - FRI 8/8 - MON 8/11

Pictures from August 2008

August 8, 2008 - August 10, 2008

Port Townsend

Well, I wish I could say we had a better crossing this time, but no such luck.  We did get to see some orcas, but it was a pretty rough cossing.  We arrived into Port Townsend around 1pm.  Scott's parents were waiting for us and got some pictures of us coming in:

They also wrote this great blog entry: TININTHEWIND - 1st sighting of our Pirates

We arrived at the Lats and Atts party with a bang. Cannons shooting off and the whole hoopla.  It was great!!!  We parked in our slip and started to relax.  Scott and I were so busy that we didn't end up taking many pictures, but Scott's Mom and Dad did.  It was great to have them with us for the party and I think they enjoyed it.  Here's their blog entry for the experience:  TININTHEWIND - Pirates invade Port Townsend

Friday night was my night to have fun.  I ended up dancing and hanging out with friends.  It was great.  Much more tame than the previous years.  I guess that's probably good.......I guess.  Scott was unable to do the movie on the sail due to the weather.

On Saturday, I volunteered to help sell t-shirts and had so much fun doing so.  Before I knew it, it was time for the kid's treasure hunt:

They had a blast, like always!  After that it was time for Scott to get ready for his night out, so I was on kid duty.  The weather was still pretty icky, so we decided to do the movie in a room that we had rented for the day.  We took all the cushions we could up to the room to try to make it comfy and made some popcorn for the kids.  We ended up watching Sinbad, which is a great nautical movie.  Scott had a wonderful time at the big party.  Next year, we are going to try to go together.  Can't wait!

On Sunday we decided we weren't ready to go all the way home, so we anchored in Port Ludlow.  It was nice to have that extra day to unwind.  On Monday we had a great sail motor down to Shilshole.  We couldn't believe that our 6 week trip was actually over.  What an amazing 6 weeks it was.  I think the kids were a little excited, but a little sad to be coming home:

Summer 2008 - SUN 8/3 - THU 8/7

Pictures from August 2008

August 3, 2008 - August 5, 2008

Roche Harbor

We headed out of Sidney Spit pretty early and headed to Roche Harbor.  It was a pretty uneventful trip and we arrived into Roche around 8:30 a.m.  After clearing customs we anchored Ghost out in the harbor.  We headed to town to get some food for a dinner party we were having aboard Ghost that night.  We had invited our friends Darren and Lisa over for dinner.  After getting back to Ghost we received a call from our friends Bob, Shari, Sydney, Annie & Tabor on Pearl and they were headed into Roche Harbor to meet us.  Excellent, the dinner party had just grown a bit.  As we were waiting for Pearl to show up we saw a boat come in with a Lats and Atts Burgee flying, so we introduced ourselves and told them to come on over later for some drinks aboard Ghost.  More to add to the party!  It ended up being a fabulous evening.  We even made some new friends, Greg & Brenda.

The next day we decided to just relax and hang out in Roche Harbor.  There is a great playground for the kids to play on:

Scott and the kids went fishing, and the boys decided to some dinghy sailing:

August 5, 2008 - August 7, 2008

Reid Harbor

The next day we were ready to head over to Reid Harbor.  All the kids decided to ride aboard Ghost for the short trip over:

With a little planning Pearl was able to get a spot at the floating dock and Ghost rafted up to Pearl:

It sure is nice being at the dock when you have kids.  The kids had so much fun fishing from the dock and later swimming.  The dock was full of other kids, as well, so they all had a great time together.  After dinner we decided to take a walk to the schoolhouse so the kids could get some energy out.  We were sitting by the swings when we heard some rustling in the trees.  Pretty soon a deer came running out of the woods and stopped:

And then he took off running again.  It was like he just stopped so we could take a picture.  We headed back to the boat and went to bed.  The next morning we decided to take a hike to the lighthouse.  The kids did great!  On the way they always make up stories about the old car along the way:

Once at the lighthouse, we all sat down for a little lunch and the kids decided to write secret things in Annie's diary.  They wouldn't let us see, so I'm a little curious what they were writing:

I was able to hang out with my buddy Tabor for a little while, so Bob and Shari could check out the museum:

When we returned to the boats there was a note from CB & Tawn (Palarran).  They were anchored in the harbor.  We couldn't wait to hear how the rest of their trip in Canada was and decided to have a big dinner on the dock that night. 

The next morning we decided to go fishing.  The four of us headed out in the dinghy and met up with CB, who wanted to go, as well.  We didn't catch much, but still had fun.  Zak caught his first lingcod:

He was so excited.  It wasn't season, so we couldn't keep it, but it was still fun.  We headed back to the boat and spent some time at the beach.  We had another big dinner at the dock and then prepared for the crossing for the next morning.  We were all heading across the Straits of Juan de Fuca to Port Townsend for the Latitudes and Attitudes Pacific Northwest Cruiser's Party.


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