After a couple of false starts leaving Idaho due to truck troubles, our friend Randy Cardon came to the rescue and leant us his truck so we were able to pull the boat to Anacortes and test the boat on the ocean. We are keeping it at Skyline Marine Center which is about 90 minutes from Brad and Anette's place in Redmond, Washington and hopefully they will be able to use the boat as well. The marina hauls the boat in and out and stores it in a huge storage facility which is just what we wanted.
|There is Roger on the dock looking as the boat is lowered into the water|
|Tied up for the night as we stocked up on provisions.|
|First night looking out the port hole|
Brad, Anette and Magnus came and spent a wonderful afternoon with us on the boat.
|Magnus is a great boater!|
|Magnus peering through the port hole|
|Brad made a fort in the lower berth to keep Magnus contained during his naptime....he was glad to get sprung.|
|Anette relaxing on the bow|
|The new GPS might have been tricky to install, but it was fantastic to use. So much bigger and higher tech than the one on our last boat!|
|"Ra Ra" and Magnus walking on the dock.|
|A map of where we cruised|
|The reflections make everything doubly beautiful|
|There were laughs galore as we cruised to Pirate's Bay for a BBQ|
|Paul: Retired policeman, lifelong funny man|
|Jodi, Paul, and Barb in front, with Roger and Rob in the back|
|Tres amigas: Heather, Jodi and Barb|
|"Picture Perfect" walk around Nanaimo! Really...there is this huge frame in the park!|
Barb and Rob cruise around the Gulf Islands a lot, so we asked for a good anchoring spot to go to on our way to Victoria. They recommended Glenthorne Passage on Prevost Island, and we had a fabulous time there.
|Barb said we would see a beautiful sunset there --- and she was right.|
|Morning in Glenthorne Passage. The seals were camera shy, but were fun to watch.|
Neither Roger nor I had been to Victoria, BC since we were kids. After spending 2 nights there, it is now one of our favorite spots to moor in an urban area. It was stunning...it was fun...it was fantastic.
|Coming into Victoria Harbour with the Empress Hotel on the left and the parliament buildings on the right.|
|Despite being one of the smallest boats, we had a perfect berth at the end of the main dock.|
|The parliament buildings look like a castle at night|
|There was a chalk art festival taking place the weekend we were there with artists from all over the U.S. and Canada|
|People pay big bucks to stay at the Empress and have a room overlooking the marina. This time we were in the marina looking up at the Empress! (and we only paid $60 a night for the berth)|
We left Victoria and headed back to the San Juan Islands. We cleared customs at Roche Harbour, and then continued on to Friday Harbour.
|After clearing customs, we picked up a pound of huge spot shrimp to have for happy hour|
|Moored at Friday Harbour|
|Friday Harbour is a great little village to walk around|
|Roger laughing because he knows he will be back in the spring when the crabs are bigger|
This test trip was a huge success. The boat worked well...the weather was perfect....the radar and GPS kept us off the rocks....we had great times with family and friends...and the Captain didn't make the First Mate walk the plank.
"Vacation: a period of travel and relaxation when you take twice the clothes and half the money you need."