Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tyler (our grandson) came to visit us for our last week. We visited Bellingham and toured the tall ships and a destroyer. We had a great time. Now Elaine is back at work and Mel is still on the boat in Seattle. He and Matt are spending a few days together in the San Juan's

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Chatter Box Falls and other pictures....

We have been having a great summer. After leaving Bowen Island we have cruised around the Gulf Island, Sunshine Coast, and The San Juan's.

One of the highlights was our trip to Chatter Box Falls. This is our second time there and it is truly a magical place, with breath-taking beauty! It is located at the end of Princess Louisa Inlet which is North of Vancouver B.C.
At the entrance to the inlet is a Young Life camp/lodge. Mel went there for two summers when he was a teen. On our way out we stopped for a visit as they give tours. Since we toured the grounds on our last trip we opted just to get ice cream and visit the store.
The rest of the trip has been spent getting to know our boat, we sail when there is wind, even if it is not blowing in the direction we want to go. We have learned so much about how to set our sails and how she rides in various wind conditions.
We have routinely seen: Eagles, dolphins, seals, and once Orca whales.
I am posting various pictures. The water fall is Chatter box....
We are currently in Port Townsend (yes, again) Mel is visiting his Mother and will check in with Spencer and bring our Grandson, Tyler back with him to spend a few days on the boat with us.

I return to work on Aug. 17th so my vacation is almost up. Mel will stay on the boat and hopefully do more sailing and/or get things done on the boat.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Thetis Island and Union Steam Ship Company on Bowen Island

we checked into Canada at Bedwell Harbour, (yes, the Canadian's use the French spelling) on Monday. On the way to Bedwell, sailed comfortably on a close reach, it was fantastic. We stayed in Annette Bay that night.

The next day we looked for wind out in the Straight of Georgia, but is was calm. We motored up and through Porlier Pass to one of our favorite anchorages on Thetis Island (voted, by us for the best sunsets in the Gulf Isl).

Today is Wednesday and we again tried to find wind on the Straight of Georgia but none to be found. We motored to Bowen Island (near Vancouver B.C.) and are docked at the Union Steam Ship Company Marina. It is owned by the parents of a good friend of Kristine's (Mel's daughter). We had a nice diner with them and friends of theirs Gary and Jean of Daisy. A good evening for sure.

Here is a picture of Mazu and the beautiful sunset at Thetis Island. We miss all of our friends and family and we are having a great time!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Leaving Port Townsend

Today Mel is taking the boat up to Anacortes. As we have the van in Port Townsend I will drive it up. We want to keep a car in Anacortes so we can visit Mel's Mom in Portland as often as we can.

Brion and Gordon finished up with the rigging projects (well most of them, we still have a few "fussy" things we want to do that can wait until the end of summer). While we did not expect to stay in PT as long as we did I feel it was valuable time well spent. Mel and I know more about our boat and we have a sturdier boat for it.

Brion taught me how to splice a loop into a rope and how to whip an end... good skills to know!

Last night we were treated to a spectacular lightning and thunder storm and today it is misty and foggy.

I am posting a picture of Mel and Brion Toss on Mazu...

Thursday, July 9, 2009

We have been in lovely Port Townsend getting work done by Brion Toss Rigger. They do fantastic work and we have been learning a lot about rigging and our boat. He tried to convince me to get a lesson on going to the top of the mast but I begged out. I am convinced that Mel and I will just have to flounder around in the ocean if something happens to our rigging that would require one of us to go "aloft"....

Here a picture of Brion going to the top of our mast


Monday, June 22, 2009

Summer 2009

Well, we will soon be starting our summer vacation on Mazu. The boat was sailed up the Oregon/Washington coast in early May to our slip in shilshole. Mel has been on her most of the month of May and June with just one short trip home to get her all ship shape for the summer. Our first trip will be to Port Townsend for an appointment with the riggers.
I will post pictures soon.