WASHINGTON!


Dick and Nikolay
Dick and Nikolay

Dick arrived in Anacortes, Washington on July 8th. The two men in the summary picture are the delivery captains that made the trip possible.  As was evident from the beginning, Nikolay was a force to behold.  He taught Dick so much.  I'm really happy Dick was able to make the trip.  He gained so much comfort with the boat and confidence in his skills.  He also learned to fix stuff! This is a man who did not do mechanical things most of our married life, but because our lives can depend on machinery operating correctly, the motivation is there.  He's actually really good at it.  It's sort of like being a neurologist.  If Point A doesn't work, the lesion is between Point A and the engine/motor/brain.  Find it, diagnose it, and in this case, fix it (not often possible in medicine).  I rejoined him in Anacortes via a handy, land based airport shuttle and we spent a few days there reprovisioning and cleaning (it was a boy boat for over a week!).
On Thursday, July 12th we arrived in Paradise Bay on the Olympic Peninsula, home to our friends Lee and Barb Bodker, who responsible for planting the boat bug that has overtaken us.  


Paradise Bay as seen from the Bodkers house
Paradise Bay as seen from the Bodkers house


Somehow they allowed us stay the past 12 days with them. We are friends from Arizona, and over the years we have gotten to know their families. We celebrated birthdays, attended family parties and I went on a field trip with Barb, her sister, and mom to area waterfalls.  Dick and Lee spent the time fixing 2 out of 3 uncooperative boat motors. Barb also invites several couples from AZ to spend a week with them and we all golf, hike and go crabbing together.  Time just flies and all of a sudden it's the end of July and I haven't posted in the blog for three weeks! We had the best time!

Barb, blue shirt, and Lee, grey shirt
Barb, blue shirt, and Lee, grey shirt

When we stay there, we anchor in the bay and take a dinghy(s) into shore.  This bay is shallow with huge tide swings, so we anchor far from land. We drove a large dinghy with a 30hp Honda engine until the depth was about 5-7 feet.  The large dinghy with motor weights about 800 pounds, so we can drive it and anchor it only far enough to make sure there is water underneath it during low tide.  Then we transfered from the large dinghy to the small rubber dinghy, effectively a kiddie pool that we towed behind the large dinghy.   We rowed that toward shore and hopped out in 2 feet of water in our muck boots and lugged the boat the rest of the way over the beach to tie it off at the stairs leading up to the house. Then a quick sprint up a rather steep embankment and voila! we are there!  In the morning this process is done under sunny skies with no wind and calm, flat water.  In the evening, it's getting dark, the wind is up and there are white caps on the waves! They are REALLY good friends!
Today, July 24th, finds us parked at Deer Harbor on Orcas Islands in the San Juans.  
We have been heading north from Paradise Bay to park our boat in Canada. We are going to Ohio on Thursday to attend Dick's 50th high school reunion and to visit my family in Cleveland.  

Deer Harbor Marina
Deer Harbor Marina

Deer Harbor Marina
Deer Harbor Marina

Tomorrow we enter Canada and dock in the Port of Sidney, British Columbia.  If you are not a resident of Washington, and use their waters more than 60 days/year, they would like you to pay 10.5% of the value of your boat as a use tax, so Canada here we come. We'll save some Washington days for later. I will be back on the blog in the beginning of August when we return from our trip. The kids and grandchildren will join us in Vancouver for 2 weeks starting August 8th. I can't wait!  We had so much fun with them last year on our little boat.  Speaking of grandchildren, here is a work of art from our granddaughter.  I think it's incredible!

By Isla S. Koller, almost age 6
By Isla S. Koller, almost age 6

Comments

Sharon Turner 8/13/2018

Hi Peggy - just checking in to see how your trip to Pender Harbour went...I saw Megs posted her Vancouver pics on Instagram.  I'll come back later for updates! Hope you see the West coast Orca pod that's so much in the news these days :)  Wish we were onboard with you....enjoy the trip and those wonderful grandbabies!