Rainstorm, then Sunshine and my Sister, oh MY!
This is the third summer I have owned Dulcinea. Every summer I have taken some sort of trip, each year doing it a little bigger, and this year I planned the longest trip I have ever taken... almost 3 weeks! Now, I am aware of the Cruisers superstition of never starting a passage on a Friday, but I reasoned that this was a vacation, not a passage, so therefore it wouldn't apply to me.... WRONG! Now, don't get me wrong, overall I had a great time, it is just that I went through some pretty rough times as well.
|Looking at Quartermaster Harbor entrance... 2 boats or more so it must be a race!
|Colvos Passage is up there.... somewhere!
The next morning I got up and had breakfast, then it was off to Fort Flagler State Park. I did something that I had never done before. The wind was pretty favorable, so I raised the main while on the mooring buoy, and SAILED off the buoy! I had read how to do this recently, and it worked great, although a little tricky when you are single handing, as after you release the mooring line, you have to high tail it back to the cockpit to get the boat headed in the right direction without hitting any of your neighbors! It felt really strange, but great, to get going without starting the engine! I had some good sailing for awhile, but, alas, the wind died, and I had to start the engine and Motor-Sail the rest of the way.
I don't know if it is just me, but my vacations and the wind here in Puget sound always seem to go like this:
Q: Which direction is the wind blowing from?
A: Which direction are you heading?
I played my favorite game around the Seattle area... Dodge Ferry! As well as a lot of commercial Traffic!
|Looks can be deceiving... These guys are MUCH faster than you think...
|This is about as close as you want to be....
|Then there are these huge cargo and container ships that put out pretty good sized wakes...
|Now the Clipper is just plain fun to watch zooming by...
Getting into Fort Flagler is NOT a straight shot... You have to make sure you are familiar with the charts for the entry into the park. You can get into trouble in a hurry if you don't follow the marked channel which does a button hook to the right. Just keep the red markers to the Starboard and the green the left and you will be fine. I spent a couple of very comfortable nights on a mooring ball. The park is a very popular place with a boat ramp, and lots RV camping, yet is was pretty quiet out on the water. There is a great little mom and pop store right there were you can get some pretty good food as well as ice, t-shirts, fishing supplies, Soft Serve Ice Cream, and a whole host of other items! There are about 6 -7 Mooring balls as well as a small Dock. The dock is used by people who are crabbing, but the signage states that mooring takes precedence over fishing.
|Dulcinea on her mooring, to the right of the Dock
|Me, ferrying the Kayaks over to pick up my sister.
Since it was nearing high tide, we baited the trap and dropped it off right next to the boat and waited.
|The first Catch!
Then my sister, who is a bit of a shutterbug, wanted to take some sunset pics, and she got this one
|My favorite Picture of this trip, taken by my sister. but don't tell her I said that! that's me aboard Dulcinea.
After a good dinner and a couple of margaritas, we hit the hay. The plan was to get underway by 6 AM so we could catch the outgoing tide to go across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
It was a great morning, except there was no wind to speak of, so we started motoring our way up the strait. Sharon made herself useful by baking some Cinnamon rolls while we were under way... knew I brought her along for some reason!
|My Sister,(mugging it up) and I take a selfie with breakfast!
We had a very Calm motor sail across the strait (Which is just the way I preferred my first crossing), and then into the Haro Strait in the hopes of seeing some Orca Whales. The Haro Strait is where they are often seen, or so I had been told, but alas, all of the whale watching boats were going towards Victoria. Oh well...
|My Sister, kinda bummed out we hadn't seen any whales
Find out what that was in my next post!!! Stay Tuned!!!!
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