monday i saw my first "suit" in a long time. a man dressed for work. my first thought was oh they still wear those? it's been a long time since i've been in a cosmopolitan city. as we walked through the city i head languages i couldn't identify and saw a real mix of cultures. as we left the harbor we had to contend with lots of traffic from small water taxies to pleasure craft, ferries anda seaplanes. the pictures here show the traffic, a wonderful car created in the 1940's, a truck carrying hanging baskets, and marina shots.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
i've scaled down my beachcombing finds. if it doesn't fit in the palm of my hand i'm not taking it. sigh. the white shell is from fort flagler, the purple clam shells are from the beach off discovery bay down the road from where we're staying. i'm starting to organize my stuff to take back to the boat tomorrow. we're supposed to go back into the water sometime in the morning. the balance of the day will be spent cleaning and organizing. if everything goes according to plan we'll leave friday morning and motorsail over to victoria for a day or two and then on to friday harbor before visiting some of the other islands. we're both anxious to get back on water to the solitude of cruising. tomorrow will be my last opportunity to email and blog until around october 4 when we return to port townsend.
on another note we just came back from seeing "burn after reading" and i thought it was pretty quirky and entertaining.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
today we explored fort flagler state park. the white building is a shot of the geo marine research center at the fort. then we went wandering on the beach.
as many of you know i take pictures of weird stuff and i love rusty metal. who knows what this once was.
the picture of the pilings has a story. jim read that in 1942 the military strung a submarine net across the bay because there was a military base nearby. this also explains the piling i shot a few days ago at old fort townsend state park. port townsend is in the background.
Friday, September 12, 2008
The boat is still being worked on. Repaired v-berth cabinetry and sole pieces, along with adding a much-needed hand rail in the salon. And something about the bow but I can’t remember at this moment. I just see $$$$ floating by. Anyway, it looks like we might go back in the water next Wednesday, Sept. 17. Then we’ll head back out, in the time we have left, to explore as much of the San Juan and Gulf islands as we can before coming back. We plan to leave October 4 from PT to head home, weather permitting.
We replaced the lost camera. Jim’s been puttering on the boat and I’ve been inquiring about kayaking spots, checking out the consignment stores (there are a lot of ‘em around here), reading (currently Bel Canto by Ann Patchett—great read) and taking lots of pictures. I’ve been to Old Fort Townsend State Park, Fort Worden where I saw the otters, a local beach access down the road here. We’ve been to the Rose Movie Theatre (Tell No One, French subtitled--very well done—man accused of murdering his wife w/lots of suspense. We highly recommend it). We went into Seattle to REI flagship store. What an amazing store. We got lost just getting from the parking structure through the pretend forest up to the store entrance. Armchair Sailor bookstore was incredibly well-stocked with all manner of nautical information with books, charts, stuff.
That’s it. I officially declare myself caught up and done. The pictures are the otters in order of appearance, seattle skyline and sunset on the ferry.