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Our journey on the great Pacific from Neah Bay, WA to San Francisco, CA was a good one! We traveled 714 nautical miles in 5 days and 5 nights, with one quick stop in Coos Bay (fuel, showers and a walk for Ellie!). We met crew member Chris Bushue in Port Angeles (along with his wife Lauri and cutie dog, Jelly Bean, who spent one night with us). We did our final provisioning and had a wonderful Thai Dinner in PA.

We left Port Angeles, September 11 and were greeted quickly by the Dependable (or as others refer to it Relentless) Pacific Swell. The Swell are the big waves that are notorious on the Ocean. They are less intense when the weather is mild, but increase in height and severity with increased wind and weather. These were big rolly, swell, that is not too bad when you have been out on the Ocean for a few days, but when just starting out, can cause sea sickness. Luckily for Dick and me, we have fairly strong systems, Dick especially, so he does not seem to be bothered. I take some natural sea sickness medicine, use acupressure wrist bands, suck on Ginger candy and keep out in the cockpit and in the clear air. So far, I have done well.

When we arrived in Neah Bay, we ran into some friends we had met at Sullivan Bay, in BC, Janneke and Wietze from SY Anna Caroline. When we met them, they had sailed all the way from Holland, South to Cape Horn, then North to Alaska and were then in British Columbia! They too, were now on there way South to San Francisco. It was great to talk and get advice from some experienced cruisers! We stayed in touch via email on the entire trip down the coast. It was so great to have that communication.

After much uneasiness, Ellie the salty dog learned how to do her business on board. All of us humans felt as relieved as she did!

We had a couple rough spots on the trip. One night the wind changed to the South and with the North current the waves were very choppy. We slowed down and were able to cut through the waves a little easier. Our most excitement happened late afternoon, on September 15, as we were approaching Cape Mendocino, the wind increased, with 35-40 knot gusts and the swell increased to 6-7 feet. It was very exciting (and scary). Dick went up on deck to set up the staysail, but as soon as the sail was ready, the wind had died back down to 11 knots.

Dick’s summation of the trip in one word was “mellow”, mine was, “adventurous”. We (mostly Dick) did a great job with looking at the weather and keeping us in mostly calm conditions. We were able to sail the last 24 hours of the trip!

Chris, Lauri & Jelly Bean Bushue. Preparing for our trip to San Francisco. Chris came along as crew. (Sept 11, 2017)

Selfie of the Bushue’s and us in Port Angeles before departing on our adventure down to San Francisco.

Woohoo! Heading out of Port Angeles on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Next stop Neah Bay. With Chris Bushue, our crew for our trip down the Coast. So happy is is aboard!

Enjoying the beautiful morning after leaving Neah bay. (Sept 12, 2016)

Rounding Cape Flattery, wind and waves are picking up.

Sunset on the Great Pacific. (Sept 12, 2016)

Sunrise on the Great Pacific Ocean. Somewhere along the Coast of Washington or Oregon (Sept 13, 2016)

So fun to have the dolphins visit us! (They are camera shy, lucky to get a shot.)

Our gorgeous new Genoa!

A little cloud and fog but the moon still shone thru. It helps my confidence when it is brighter out at night. (Sept 14, 2016)

Not a selfie photo. Great having Chris aboard.

Ellie learned to brace in the big waves and swell! Our Salty dog!!!

See the waves behind Chris? The wind and waves tended to pickup in the afternoon.

The wind and swells picked up, Captain Dick is in his element.

Skipper Chris loving the wind and waves.

Less wind and waves make Laura a happy girl!

Please, please. please. Can we go to shore for a potty break?

Cooking an enchilada dinner, earlier in the day before the wind picks up. Notice how the stove is tilted (gimbaled). It rotates with the boat.

Snuggling up. Getting close to San Francisco.

Wohoo, San Francisco is dead ahead!!! We made it!!! (Sept 17, 2016)

We made it to San Francisco!

Happy crew, we made it!!! (Sept 17, 2016)

Thank you Chris Bushue. It was great to have you along.

Happy Captain!

We arrived in Port Townsend on August 23 and immediately checked in with Port Townsend Sails to pick up our new Genoa and staysail! Back to the boat to install the Genoa before Hasse came down to check the fit of the sail and give us some instruction. It was fascinating listening to all she had to teach us. So great to learn from one of the best! We gave them back the main sail as they were now going to add a couple patches to prevent wear from the upper spreader. We will be back in a couple weeks to pick it up. It was wonderful being back in Port Townsend, kind of felt like coming home. We enjoyed a wonderful walk on the beach before heading to Seattle on the 25th.

Our trip to Shilshole Marina was uneventful except as we were approaching the Harbor several Orca Whales decided to come up for air. Quite a site! Our goal was to spend a couple weeks getting MAIA ready for our trip down the coast to San Francisco. Our friends Suzette and Paul from s/v Altair (who we met at the Sceptre rendezvous) have a slip at the marina and were able to arrange a slip for us. So fun to spend time with Suzette and Paul and very grateful for their help with everything! (Arranging our slips, helping with gear selections, taking us shopping, provided us a mail and shipping location, arranging crew, taking on the selling of our old boat parts, etc, etc!)

We were also able to meet up with our friends, Lynda and Terry for dinner one evening. Terry also helped us move our old boom down to the marina (as we were selling it). We also were able to spend a little time with Elise and Tom and removed anything we had left in Elise’s garage. (Our final storage spot in Washington.) Here we met Chris Bushue, who was to become our crew member for our trip down the coast.

We shopped for new boat necessities and did some provisioning (thinking that we could be on the passage for as long as 3 weeks). Projects that were completed and installed were, new companionway latches, 2nd manual bilge pump, VHF remote mic, AIS, EPIRB and a Rochna anchor. We also wanted to get the heater working and had someone come over and do some work. It was the only project that Dick decided not to tackle on his own.

On the 7th of September, we arrived back in Port Townsend to pick up our Genoa and enjoy a few days of the Wooden Boat Festival! We anchored outside of Siren’s (now feeling a little experienced with the spot). It was great to have pleasant weather. When we arrived, there was a smattering of boats at anchor, by the time we left, we had to weave our way thru many boats.

During the show it was fun to connect with Rosemary & Dave of La Vie en Rose (thanks for the show tickets!) We attended awesome free seminars, from well-known speakers Lin Pardy & Nigel Caulder. Also, great to see Jerry and Ginny (s/v Heron Reach) and have dinner together.

Raising our new Genoa! Thanks Hasse and company. Back at Point Hudson Marina, one of our favorites! (Aug 25, 2016)

Early morning hike on beach in Port Townsend. Such a beautiful and serene spot.

Leaving Point Hudson Marina.

Sunset in Seattle, at Shilshole Marina. We spent a couple weeks here, getting ready for our trip down the West Coast to San Francisco. (Aug 26, 2016)

Friends Suzette, Paul, Laura, Dick and Ellie

Back in Port Townsend for the Wooden Boat show. So fun to see friends, look at the beautiful boats and got to some great clinics. (Sept 9, 2016)

Beautiful moon, during Port Townsend’s Wooden Boat show. Fun to see all the boats in town.

We left Port McNeil early morning heading for Bull Harbor. Mid-day we spotted a pod of 4-6 whales, such an awesome site and a good omen for our journey! Near Bull Harbor, we had our first experience with the Dependable, Pacific Swell. It was amazing to see the waves coming through the channel and begin bouncing up and down in a predictable pattern.

It was delightful to be met by Kevin and Gina of Raven at the dock in Bull Harbor. We took a terrific hike up past the old Coast Guard station to the beautiful beach and Ocean before dinner and confirming our plans for our next day’s journey.

On August 14, we had an early start from Bull Harbor, with Raven just ahead of us. It was an overcast morning with light wind and about a 3-foot west swell. At 0716 we were treated to another beautiful site, a pod of Orca whales. By 1000, we were passing Cape Scott, our first major hurdle. Late afternoon we anchored in Browning Inlet after motoring by and checking out Winter Harbor. It was another beautiful anchorage, but we had a lot of fly’s and mosquitos. So glad we have screens!

Day two, we had a beautiful sail with our speed up to 7 knots and about a 4-foot swell. Late afternoon we anchored in the Bunsby Islands in a cove on the west side of Gay Passage. We had cocktails aboard Raven. We also had the pleasure of meeting John and Justine of s/v Rhythm who gifted us some freshly caught salmon.

We had an exhilarating day three. It was a quiet morning, but by 1030 we were sailing with an apparent NNW wind of 13 knots. We had the staysail up and a reefed main. By afternoon, the wind, swell and wind waves picked up. We figured we had about 26 knots of apparent wind! By 1530 we turned the engine on and took the sails down as we did not have the control, that we wanted with MAIA. Waves were slapping us around, we were not making the progress we needed into port. It was a Harrowing experience for Laura! Very happy to pull into Esparanza Inlet and set anchor by 1730 in Queen’s Cove in the Nootka Island area.

The next morning Ellie and I took a row in the dingy. After she had done her business on a small beach we continued rowing around the bay. Much to our surprise a beautiful, young looking, black bear meandered out of the forest and down to the beach! Ellie enjoyed stalking the bear from the dingy. As the winds were going to continue to be strong for a couple days we motored up to the small town of Zeballos with our buddy boat, Raven.

We radioed ahead to check about dock space and were greeted on the radio by a fellow yachtie, Lew. He said come on in and they would help tie us up. As the winds were very strong out in the Pacific, the local fishing fleet were also in port. We tied up and rafted off the fishing boat, Pacific Venture. It turned into a couple, wonderful, fun days of summer. With the heat in the high 80’s to 90’s we hiked to the river nearby and swam both days, we celebrated Lew’s birthday, with a magnificent dock party with both fishermen and yachties, hosted by his wonderful wife, Wendy.

On the morning of August 19th, we said our goodbyes and continued southward on our own. We had a little bit of a time crunch as we needed to be in Port Townsend by August 25 to pick up our new sails! We motored out of Zeballos to Santa Gertudis Cove for a night of anchoring before heading to Clayoquat Sound and Hot Springs Cove. We loved our anchorage at Hot Springs Cove as we were right next to the landing “strip” for the Sea Planes. We had a lovely morning hike up to the hot springs. So fun to see all the dock planks with names of fellow yachties. (People bring planks to add to the walkway.)

As the wind was still howling on the great pacific, we took the “inside” passage to Tofino. Winds were so strong that our furled Genoa ripped. We were thrilled to get to Tofino. Even though the current was super strong, Captain Dick, expertly docked us at Marina West. We had a nice walk around town that evening.

The following morning, we re-fueled in Tofino and south to Barkley Sound! In the late afternoon of August 22, we entered Trevor Channel, as whales led our way in. We found a little inlet to anchor (which we named Whale Cove) and were treated to a magnificent Whale feeding show out in the channel. We spent one last night in British Columbia, anchored in Thrasher Cove, in Port San Juan. A pod of whales escorted us into the Harbor.

The following morning, we had a BIG whale visit us off our starboard side and then they surfaced again behind us. So awesome! At 1035 on August 24th we entered the waters of the USA and checked into Port Angeles that evening. Thank you, BC for the wonderful summer! We will be back!

the beach at Bull Harbor, with Kevin and Gina from s/v Raven. (Aug 13, 2016)

Rounding Cape Scott – our northern most point in BC. Heading downhill from here. (8/14/16)

Mom, I see a black bear!!! Can I go chase it?

After a swim in the river, with Kevin & Gina.

Hot weather in Zebalos – cold river to take a dip in!

Fun time in Zebalos! Gina & Laura

Fun Birthday Party for Lew on the dock in Zebalos! Yatista’s and fishermen partying together. Thank you Wendy (Forth)! (Aug 18, 2016)

Hike to the Hot Springs in Hot Springs Cove! (Aug 21, 2016)

Gorgeous Hot Springs, perfect temperature for a morning shower.

Whales were feeding in Trevor Channel. What a wonderful sight!

Another beautiful day in the neighborhood. Finishing our tour of Vancouver Island!

Entering back into the USA. Where’s the wind?

Bye Canada, thank you for a wonderful summer! We will be back! (Taking down the courtesy flag.)

We had a little time before heading back South,  so we took a quick tour to the Broughtons. We left Sointula on July 31 and actually were able to SAIL for 3-4 hours. Our first night we anchored in Napier Bay and were treated to a beautiful rainbow. We also anchored in Turnbull Cove (went for a little hike, up and over to Huaskin Lake) and Nimmo Bay.

On August 4 we arrived in Sullivan Bay. As we were motoring to our slip we noticed La Vie en Rose, from Park City! As we docked we were greeted by Ann of Bob & Ann of Charisma, friends from Port Townsend! On day two, Kevin and Gina of s/v Raven arrived! We were now able to confirm our plans for our ocean sail down the West coast of Vancouver Island. Yahoo!

We decided to go back to Sointula to prepare for our trip down the coast. On our way back, we anchored in Joe’s Cove and Beware Cove. Once we docked in Sointula we worked on boat projects, laundry, shopping and some admin work. We headed to Port McNeil for one additional stop to re-provision. The hard part about planning these journeys are that you do not know how long you will be “out there”. The trips are planned around the weather (wind), and we do not know what Mother Nature will bring us. For this trip we were figuring between 7 & 21 days before arriving in a port with supplies. We will be heading to Bull Harbor tomorrow to meet up with Raven, before our trip down the West Coast of BC.

Yea! We are sailing North from Sointula to the Broughton Archipelego.

Rin Tin Ellie!

in Nimmo Bay

Sunset in Sullivan Bay

Serious….

Fun…

Magnificent Sullivan Bay! Many great memories here. (Aug 5, 2016)

We met Dave and Rosemary from La Vie en Rose, from Utah! All the way up in Sullivan Bay

Another amazing sunset (at Port McNeil)

We spent the next several weeks in July exploring the Desolation Sound area. One of my favorite anchorages was our night in Laura Cove (hmmmm). There were lots (I mean lots) of boats in the anchorage, but we were able to snuggle up to the front of the bay, and it was like our own private beach. It was easy to row Ellie into the beach and we also took an awesome hike thru the forest, looking for Mike’s Place (from the book; The Curve in Time). We had some rain, but it was refreshing.

We experienced the amazing beauty of the area, the tidal rapids, beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Places like Joan’s rock, Walter Point, Maude Island. We went to Pendrell Sound that has the “warmest water north of Baja”, so “we” (Dick) could change the zincs on the bottom of the boat. The water did not turn out to be very warm, (“f’ing cold!”), there was even snow up in the mountains above. Dick got the job done! Luckily, he was able to take a nice hot shower aboard MAIA when he was done.

We spend a couple nights at Waiatt Bay. Rowing into shore there is a beautiful forest with a couple trails. There is a short hike across to another inlet or you can go farther to a nearby fresh water lake, Newton Lake. Along the hike we met Gina, Kevin, Marilyn and Barry from s/v Raven. It turned out they were anchored next to us. We weren’t sure how to access the lake to swim but somehow, we found our way to a big rock that you climb around and can take a dip. The crew of Raven ended up with us, we have a lovely swim and enjoyed the company of new friends. It turns out Gina and Kevin were considering going around the outside of Vancouver Island. Gina and I are both nervous about sailing in the open ocean.

On July 17, we pull up anchor with our destination that evening of Shoal Bay. To get there we must go through several title rapids, timing is once again important. At 0930 we motor thru “Hole in the Wall” at slack tide and now have several hours until it is a good time to go through the next group, Yuculta, Dent & Arran. We have a mellow time waiting and actually go for a swim! The water is very cold but refreshing. Raven also gave us some fresh fish! For some reason out in the middle of the waterway, we have good cell connection, I am able to have a great conversation with Trev. After our final rapid, as we are making our way to our port for the night, we see a group of Dahl Porpoises. We follow close behind and are treated to an amazing show. Such a treat!

We also spent a night at Blind Channel resort, where we can do laundry and take another beautiful hike and pick wonderful blackberries. Next, we head to Loughborough Inlet, and tie up to the dock in Sidney Bay. This was a really quiet and magical location. Across the channel is the home of Dane and Helen Campbell, (old neighbors of our friend Carol who homesteaded in the 60’s further up the Inlet and these were there closest neighbors). Really a treat to have tea and a chat with Helen. Raven is also here and the idea of buddy boating on the outside of Vancouver Island comes up, we decide to see if we can maybe make it happen!

A few more memorables of our tour in Desolation, motor-sailing through the Johnstone Strait, Havannah channel and our night at Lagoon Cove Marina. As we were leaving there we saw a black bear! Anchoring in Laura Bay, next to Trivet Island, Shoal Harbor and dinghy ride to Billy Protor’s museum.

After our 2 week tour, it was time to stock up again. We headed to Port McNeil and hit the stores once again. It is a great town to provision as the stores are all nearby. (Including a pet store to restock Ellie food.)

On July 28, we headed across to Sointula, a town that was settled by Finnish people in the late 19th century. It is a really cool, small close-knit village on Malcom Island. It has a co-op grocery and hardware store. They deliver the fuel to the dock. It is a small harbor with a fleet of fishing boats and pleasure boats. They have free bikes to borrow to ride into the main part of town. Here we found the ferry dock, grocery store, bakery and visitors center. Outside the visitor center there is a wooden farmers stand, where the local farmers stock produce. You take what you want and leave the money in the box. So awesome to have garden fresh veggies! Oh, yea… All along the road there are berries, free for the picking. There is also the famous Burger Barn located right at the Harbor.

Beautiful old forests

Dick & Laura in Laura Cove!

Hike to Mike’s at Laura Cove

Changing Zinc’s with snow in the Mountains above

NOT the warmest water North of Baja

D for Dad and Walter Point

In British Columbia

in Desolation Sound, BC

Nimble Ellie at age 11!

Loving being brushed!

Happy Girlie! I got to hike and dip in the cold water.

Crew from Raven at Newton Lake.

At Newton Lake

Shoal Bay, BC

Hiking at Blind Channel Resort

Yummy blackberries abound!

Team Raven (July 18, 2016)

Marilyn, Barry, Kevin and Gina, the crew of Raven

Full moon is rising! (Hardwickle Island)

Hardwicke Island

Beautiful! (Shoal Harbor)

A double rainbow at Shoal Harbor

Rainbow, rainbow

A beautiful golden Eagle on neighboring boat.

Fun riding bikes on Sointula!

We continued North on July 9th, heading to Cortez Island and Tai Li Lodge. On our way we spent one night at anchor in Galley Bay. As we are pulling up anchor, so fun to see our new friends Bruce and Bridget from Sojourn arrive. We take a minute to catch up, before we are on our way.

We had a wonderful couple of days at Tai Li Lodge, visiting Carol and Steve from Silvergirl, who we met in Port Townsend! What a special place they have, out on a point on the Island. It was great spending time, Dick was treated to a motorcycle ride, we joined them at a local exhibit opening and treated to Native Elder singing.

Carol let us know that there were wolves in the area and we needed to be careful with Ellie. If we saw wolves we should turn back as they would be protecting their area. Wolves, bobcats & bears, oh my!!!

Ellie, the adapter!

Next stop was Powell River, we arrived on July 3 to re-supply our food and work on the next project, replacing the engine exhaust hose. A wonderful, small town with a large harbor, restaurants and touristy shops nearby. About a mile walk up the hill, is the commercial part of town with grocery store, hardware, liquor, etc.

Feeling a little homesick on July 4th! Missing the parade and all the festivities we were so used to in Park City. We decide to celebrate our Independence by going out to dinner. After a nice dinner we were treated to our own fireworks show by Mother Nature. We have a stunning 45 minute sunset with a rainbow mixed in! It was a good sign.

The absolute treat of Powell River, was meeting Dennis, (a friend of my childhood friend, Debbie Boho Sabin). He grew up there and comes back in the summer, when he is not teaching school, to visit his family. It was perfect timing as he just arrived in town. He came down to visit, with a selection of local brews. As he was available the next day to give us a tour of the area, we stayed one more day. He showed us around where he grew up, his new property and took us on a hike. We then journeyed to Lund, a nearby town to explore, go to the Pollen sweater store and have an early dinner. A really wonderful day!

Powell River Rainbow

July 4 Sunset

Hiking with Dennis

Mile 0, Highway 101

 

We left the US on June 10, heading up into Canada for a couple months. We checked in at Canoe Cove, BC. The entrance went smooth, as we had learned from the web what was ok and not ok, to bring across the border.

We headed to the Sceptre Rendezvous in Mill Bay. Great fun meeting new people and seeing Hilde & John from Solar Wind who we had met at Port Townsend. It was really fun looking at all the other boats and seeing how different they were. We had heard that our boat had done well in the Sceptre “Fun” race, winning top places and were encouraged to see if we could keep up the tradition. We tried hard, but ended up in the back of the pack. After the race we were told that the previous owner was very serious about the race and would unload the boat to make it light and bring a racing sail and a friend who was a ringer. That made us feel better!

After our fun weekend, we headed to Sydney, BC and ended up at Capital City Yacht club. The members were very friendly, it was a really nice club. We were able to stay there two nights and then headed across the bay to North Saanich Yacht Club. It was great being able to use some of our Yacht Club free dock reciprocals. Dick was working on the awful job of changing out the sanitation hoses (which really needed to be done). The stench when he pulled them out was unbelievable. (Thank you Captain Dick!)

Our next major stop, the big city of Vancouver. We arrived on June 19 and met up with some of our Point Hudson neighbors, Claudia and Bob Dubuque. Bob was our local knowledge guy, as they had spent several weeks there, already this year. We anchored in False Creek. We had so much fun! We loved the city, there were grocery stores, hardware stores and marine stores within walking, biking & dingying distance. We purchased more boat things that were “needed” and stocked up on more food as we are heading up into the British Columbia wilderness soon.

We spent time with Bob & Claudia, and watched the full moon rise! Motorcycling friend Maura Gatensby, came to the boat one night for dinner. So nice to see her.

Princess Louisa
One of the first places that we were advised to go to was, Princess Louisa inlet. (Thanks Hasse!) Then, more and more people said we should go to this spectacular place. We did not want to get our hopes up too much, as we did not want to be disappointed. However, this was not the case. It was stunning and amazingly beautiful. The only way to get there is by boat or float plane. It takes a day to sail /motor there, by going up through these waterways that remind me of rivers. When you reach the entrance to Princess Louisa inlet, there is a tidal rapid, Malibu. It is important that you plan your entrance at the precise time when the tide is at slack. (We planned our trip to make sure we were there at the right time, otherwise it becomes a class 4-5 rapid!) Once you make your way all the way in, you are treated to this absolutely huge waterfall. The sound echoes through the canyon. The forest is beautiful, so green and lush with trees, ferns, moss and wild flowers. Such a special place.

We also met new friends, Bruce and Bridget from s/v Sojourn. First on the radio as we were preparing to enter the rapids and then we spent a little time with them, learning about their adventures.

At Malibu rapids is Malibu Camp. It is a Young Life camp that has been there for at least 50 years. Brother Tom went there went he was a boy, so we decided to go on a tour one day. It was really neat and it brought back memories of Camp Echo.

Being up in the wilderness, we did not have any wifi access (to check the weather and sea state), as we motor-sailed out we were not concerned, as it was a beautiful, calm day. However, when we met the main channel we were in for a surprise! There was wind and waves that tossed and turned us about. We had not stowed for sea, so many things ended up on the Cabin floor. It was a good reminder and lesson! Always stow for sea and be ready!

MAIA at Princess Louisa

At Chatterbox Falls

Princess Louisa Inlet, Chatterbox Falls

Always Stow for Sea

 

There are some last minute things we need to get take care of before we head off on our Cruising Journey.  MAIA needs a name put on her. We find a local company that can get the stickers ready for us within 24 hours, awesome! Truck needs to be sold. She gets emptied out, gets a cleaning inside and out. Pictures taken and ad goes on Craig’s List. Presto, within hours we have buyers interested and on June 3, Ellie & I say goodbye to it (our Toyota Tundra, an awesome ride) as Dick drives it away to its new buyer.

Trevor arrives, Dick returns and we get ready to go. Our cruising life is about to begin!

On June 4 we sailed out of Port Ludlow, heading to the San Juan Islands. We got our first real lesson in what the tidal current can do. We expect to make some headway out of the Admiralty Inlet Channel, but the tide turned and we get slowed down enough that we decide it will be best to anchor outside of Port Townsend for the night. (We did not make any progress for a whole hour!) We fill up with diesel, apply Maia’s name, and make a run to the grocery store for some more goodies and anchor in our favorite spot outside of “Siren’s”. It was great fun showing Trevor around Port Townsend, where we spent our “winter vacation”.

We had a dandy time in the San Juan’s. Exploring Reid Harbor on Stuart Island, Suchia Bay and Echo Bay. The highlight of the trip was when we came upon a school of dolphins who were playing around in a swirling eddie. We turned off the engine and hung with them for a while, they were magnificent to see. The water was shimmering and they were diving in and out of the water swimming around with each other. Such a wonderful experience for us all. Ellie wanted to join in with them!

We ended our first cruise in Bellingham, sad to say goodbye to Trevor. So grateful that he was able to come start our cruising life with us!

We met up with Jerry and his wife Ginny for dinner. Last year they sailed to the Marquesas, Tahiti, back to the Marquesas, then north to Hawaii and back to Bellingham. They were selling some “barely used” gear. It was fun to have dinner with them and learn about their journey. We negotiated a deal for a life raft, Monitor wind vane, Trysail, IrridiumGo and some books. Once we got all our goodies, we got MAIA ready to go, as we were heading to Canada!

Yea, Trevor arrives!

With a departure from Port Townsend imminent, it was time to sell our mountain bikes and Dick’s final motorcycle, the Suzuki DR 650 (kick start)! Sad to see them all go, but excited that we are getting to the cruising part of the journey!!!

Rig tuning was completed, removable backstays and preventer lines installed. We received our repaired sails from Hasse and Co. And then SAILED to Port Ludlow! So excited to be out sailing on MAIA. We anchored for our first time, in the inner Cove of Port Ludlow for a couple nights. It was lovely! We then spent a couple additional nights on the PL dock, our first Yacht Club free reciprocal.

With rigging complete our next project was installing new lifelines. We decided to make them ourselves out of Spectra line, with the guidance of our rigger and Mentor, Brion Toss.

We head back to Port Townsend for a couple days. We try our new anchoring technique, outside of “Sirens” Pub. After try # 3 we think we have it set ok, but while we were anchoring my phone had been ringing. Bob, one of our riggers had been watching our attempt, while he was on the deck of Sirens, with some salty sailors, they let us know exactly the right place to anchor. We pulled up the anchor again and then once we got it in the right spot we heard cheers from our gallery. (A little embarrassing, but local knowledge is always welcome!)

As our Cruising journey is imminent, time was also spent grocery shopping and stocking Ms. MAIA with food for our trip. Getting excited as Trevor (our son) is coming to visit next week!

Port Ludlow inner anchorage, Beautiful!

Port Ludlow sunset

Our Salty Dog helping with the life line project!

Ellie on deck at anchor, outside of Sirens.