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August 29, 2010

August 2010 - San Juan Islands - Part Two

Pictures from this part of the trip

For the next part of our trip we brought the Beaty family aboard.  Jim, Debbie, & Danielle have cruised with us since the beginning.  They were with us on our very first trip to the San Juans aboard the S/V Pondo May.  We left Friday Harbor and headed to Stuart Island.  Reid Harbor is one of our favorite spots and we couldn't wait to get there.  We anchored out the first night and woke up to rain the next morning.  We had planned on going on a hike to the lighthouse, but it was pouring, so we decided to stay in and play some games.  It was so nice.  A little later we saw that there was an opening on one of the floating docks, so headed in to grab the spot while we could.  It's great for the kids and dog:

We had caught some crab, so ended up having a crab feast on the dock.  It was a little drizzly, but perfect:

The next day we decided to take our walk to the lighthouse.  The weather was great.  Like all the times we head to the lighthouse we have to stop at all the little landmarks on the way.  There's the swing:

The schoolhouse and then the cemetary (didn't get pics of those).  The treasure chest of T-shirts from Stuart Island:

The old broken down Jalopy that we make stories up about:

And then we go down a long windy hill and we are there.  I probably missed some of the stops, but it's so fun for the kids to look for each landmark along the way.  It sure makes the hike seem to go by quicker.  When we turn the corner and see the lighthouse, it always makes me so happy:

We had a great picnic lunch sitting in the grass and just enjoyed hanging out and looking for whales:

No luck on the whale front, but it was such a great day!  Fathom did great on the hike, but was one tuckered out little pooch.  When we got back to the boat, Scott hauled Jim up the mast to fix a halyard that had come off it's track and we all enjoyed some time on the dock:

And we enjoyed another great dinner on the dock that night:

The next morning we headed out to Friday Harbor.  We headed around the south side of Speiden Island to see if we could see some wildlife and weren't dissapointed:

Antelope or some type of exotic deer:

Big Horn Sheep:

Some other type of sheep or goats - not really sure:

It's always amazing to see the wildlife on the island.  In the 70's wild game was imported to the island for big game hunting.  They no longer have the hunting there, but the exotic animals are still there.  Kind of fun to see what you can spot whenever traveling past.  We also sent out a message in a bottle in San Juan Channel.

We headed into Friday Harbor to catch up with some of the crew from Latitudes and Attitudes.  They were doing a share the sail charter and we were able to catch up with them.  It was kind of a rainy day and we took it easy.  Spent the evening playing Dread Pirate and were able to provision for the rest of our trip.  The next day we headed out to Matia Island.  It was a beautiful day and Scott even created a boom swing for the kids while we were underway.  They had a blast:

We were lucky to find the cove next to Rolfe Cove was empty.  Scott headed out in the dinghy with the hand held depth sounder to see if we could fit.  We planned to stern tie and would have the whole cove to ourselves.  Jim was designated to take the stern line ashore:

I was at the helm and Scott took care of the anchor:

We all worked great as a team and got a perfect spot for Ghost and her crew:

The fishing poles came out and it wasn't long before they caught some fish:

Everyone went off and did there own thing.  There was kayaking, fishing, beachcombing, swimming, and just relaxing.  It was perfection.  And then we got a perfect sunset, as well:

The next day was spent doing pretty much the same thing.  Unfortunately the island is a nature preserve so we couldn't take Fathom on the beautiful trails on the island, but we had fun hanging out on the beach.  We probably could have spent a week at this spot that we now name "Fathom Bay", but the winds were going to change and we needed to head over to Echo Bay to be a little more protected.  The boys took a fishing trip one of the mornings and did pretty good bringing home 6 greenlings:

That night we had fish tacos and crab for dinner.  Not too bad.  Every day keeps seeming to get better and better while we are out.  That evening our family took Fathom for a walk and actually got a family picture:

And the kids and Fathom walked around the Chinaman Caves.  These are amazing:

The next day we packed a lunch and headed to Fossil Cove to check out the beaches on the other side.  Fossil Cove is definitely different from Echo Bay.  It's seems kind of posh and fancy over there.  Nice new docks and amenities.  We had a great time hanging out on the beach and checking out the mushroom rocks:

Fathom even met a new friend.  This pup was 9 weeks vs. Fathom being 15 weeks:

Makes me a little happier knowing that she is going to be pretty small.  I was starting to worry that she was going to be bigger than we thought.

When we got back to the boat, the wind was blowing quite hard.  Jim and Danielle were in the kayaks and as Jim tried to board Ghost, he lost his camera overboard.  Such a bummer.  They had so many pictures of this trip on their camera.  The boys tried to snag it with the fishing pole, but no luck. 

One piece of good news was that we had a message from some people who found our message in a bottle we had sent out a couple days before.  This is what they wrote in our guestbook:

Hello! I live in Friday Harbor, Washington and today while me and my family were relaxing at the beach my 5 yr old son found one of your messages in a bottle. It was really fun! He was really excited about it and definetly made his day! Thanks for that! I hope you guys keep up the fun!

Thanks again!

Sooo Cool!  That made our day.  Still sad about the camera, but what could we do?

The next day we headed to Roche Harbor.  The kids all put together some more messages in a bottle and sent them out:

They had so much fun doing that.  As we were sailing past Turn Point Lighthouse on Stuart Island, Scott spotted the orcas heading our way.  The excitement on the boat escalated and there we were in the middle of a pod of orcas:

They are such magical creatures and to have them so close is so amazing.  Jim had just finished carving an orca out of driftwood and decided it was our good luck charm, so he gave it to us:

It's a perfect addition to Ghost.  What a great afternoon, but we still had more to come.  We anchored in Roche Harbor.  There was no wind and it was probably around 90 degrees.  It was beautiful, but hot.  The boys decided to take a swim:

We also set out the crab pots because the plan was to have crabcakes for dinner....yummm!  Ellie wanted to clean the crabs (you go girl!):

We spent a nice evening looking at pictures of the trip and then said goodbye to our guests the next morning.  It was such a fabulous time with the Beaty's it was sad to see them go.


August 26, 2010

August 2010 - San Juan Islands - Part One

Pictures from this part of the trip

So, we left from Cornet Bay in the fog and headed thru Deception Pass as a 100 year celebration was happening up above on the bridge.  We had quite an audience going thru the pass.  Luckily we had no problems.  We passed some friends on their boat She b a Miller.  Bummed we couldn't hang out with Billy and Trish, but they were headed home.

We made our way north to Echo Bay on Sucia Island.  Amie and Ally aboard Peregrine were tied up in the harbor and we had dinner aboard their boat that night.  The next morning we all headed out for a hike to Ewing Cove:

It's a great hike and we love Ewing Cove.  It's where Ellie claimed her mountain 4 or 5 years ago, which officially (in our books) became "Ellie Mountain".

We had a great time hanging out and doing some beachcombing at Ewing Cove.  Fathom has definitely started loving her beach time and except eating rocks, she does very well:

It was a good hike and Fathom was exhausted when we got back.  She did so good!

We shared dinner again with Amie and Ally and the kids explored Echo Bay with the sea kayaks.  It was a great day.  Really starting to feel like vacation. 

The next morning Scott, the kids, and Fathom went out on a fishing expedition:

Ellie caught her first lingcod.  Unfortunately they couldn't keep it because they aren't in season, but it was still fun for her to catch such a huge fish:

When they got back we all headed out to explore some of the many beaches around Echo Bay on a mega search of beach glass.  It was a warm day and the kids had a blast playing in the water and we scored when it came to beachcombing:

Fathom even got some more practice with swimming.  From the look on her face I'm not sure if she liked it or not:

Fathom also enjoyed taking a kayak ride with me.  She's going to be a great boating dog:

We had such a great time hanging out with Amie and Ally, but it was time to move on.  We were picking up our friends in Friday Harbor in a couple days and decided to head over a day early to meet up with some other friends.  Once we anchored, Scott and the kids rigged up a swing from our main boom and had a blast playing in the water:

We also had a beautiful sunset that night:

The next day we headed over to the Port of Friday Harbor marina for a night at the dock.  It's always fun staying in Friday Harbor and remembering the old days when we lived there.  We got all our laundry done, did some reprovisioning, and tidied the boat for our guests.  Our friends, Darren & Lisa and their new baby Ariana came over for dinner that night.  We loved meeting Ariana, especially Ellie:

It was a great night hanging out.  The next day, our friends Jim, Debbie, and Danielle were coming in to spend a little over a week with us.  I'm going to add a new post for them.  Just a warning.....lots of pictures are coming your way. Smile


August 24, 2010

Rest of July 2010

Pictures from July

After our 10 day sail, Scott had to return to work and the kids, Fathom, and I headed to Boise to visit my family.  It was great seeing the family, but dealing with a new puppy in my parents house was a little stressful.  They have an old cat that everyone was worried about, but I have to tell you.....I think the cat was fine:

He knew how to handle Fathom.  Fathom loved everyone, of course:

Especially if they were dealing with food:

I was able to go wine tasting for the first time.  We went to the Snake River Valley and had a great time.  It was nice to have a little adult time after a week of dealing with puppies and kids.  And always nice to hang with my dad, brother, and sister-in-law:

After getting home, we had a couple days before heading out cruising for 3 weeks.  Scott put together an impromptu Birthday party for me, which was so wonderful.  I'm so blessed to have such wonderful friends and neighbors:

It was a fabulous time.  We headed out the next day, but only went over to Port Madison due to our late departure.  We just needed to get off the dock.  The next morning we headed up to Cornet Bay.  We actually got a little sailing in:

We pulled into Cornet Bay just in time to see the fog start rolling in:

We headed over to see our friends Big John and Trish and they offered the use of their small boat for exploring the islands around the next day.  The kids were so excited.  They have a fascination with Horse Power lately and couldn't believe we were going to be in a boat with 75 hp:

We had a great time exploring the islands.  Deception Pass is such a beautiful area.  We packed a picnic lunch and just enjoyed ourselves.  We even found a fairy house (you'll have to look back at previous posts if you don't understand):

Fathom had a blast playing on the beaches and in the water.  She definitely fits into this lifestyle. We headed back and spent some more time with John and Trish and even got a ride in one of John's beautiful classic cars.  Wish we would have taken pictures of that.  Oh well.

Next installment of our San Juan Cruise will be coming soon.  We have over 650 pictures to go through. 

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