La Conner is an idyllic seaside town with lots of unique shops, street art, a boardwalk that follows the channel, and appetizing restaurants. For beer lovers, it has family-owned brewery ‒ La Conner Brewing Company ‒ that serves homemade soups, wood-fired pizzas, burgers, quesadillas, tacos, appetizers, and sa... Details
Cruising Report No. 2
Lund to Port McNeill and down to Campbell River
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Moorage is tight at Lund Harbour‒the gateway marina to Desolation Sound. We arrived late, and even the floating breakwater was full. One of the last slips they fill are in ... Details
Okay. Raise your hand if you take a silent pleasure watching the next couple work their way towards their slip and THEIR attempt at docking their boat. How many times do wish you had score cards to raise with a high or low score?
Then, you see that couple who makes a beautiful docking or departure from the dock with... Details
Bainbridge Island is one of those Pacific Northwest islands I enjoy visiting because every time I discover something new about its history. And, I learn questions I never thought to ask.
What is a “Port Blakely Toothpick”?
Where were the first Japanese Americans deported?
Did Ansel Adams ever take po... Details
Do you plan to be on the boat this summer for extended periods in remote locations? Do you want to be more prepared for when the stove goes on the fritz or the freezer fails? Or maybe, you have a cabin, or live in a part of Washington or Canada that experiences power outages during the windy, winter months?
Janet ... Details
2016 Cruise Report
Forested mountainsides and slide scars at Turnbull Cove.
Turnbull Cove, The Broughtons, July 11. It’s morning. Thin clouds are overhead, and occasional sprinkles of rain fell a few minutes ago. The sprinkles weren’t serious and might not return. The air is absolutely calm; the wat... Details
Arriving in port unleashes a whirlwind: fueling, oil changes, boat maintenance and repair, grocery shopping, laundry, guests arriving and departing. I also spent some one-on-one time with flotilla participants helping to plan their return trips. Watching the flotilla boats depart was bittersweet: sad to see new... Details
We made the short run from Taku Harbor to Juneau. Calm water, gray skies...kinda boring, actually. Soon after leaving Taku Harbor my phone buzzed to life: about 300 emails, a thousand Facebook messages, a bunch of voicemails and text messages. Hmm....not sure about being reconnected.
Our arrival in Juneau marked t... Details
Today is another glacier day, this time, Dawes Glacier, at the head of Endicott Arm. Once we see the glacier, we'll head back to Tracy Arm Cove to spend the night. High-water slack at the Ford's Terror Rapids is sometime between 12:30 pm and 1:30 p.m. Then it's about 16 nautical miles to Dawes Glacier, then 35 na... Details
Today is another glacier day, this time, Dawes Glacier, at the head of Endicott Arm. Once we see the glacier, we'll head back to Tracy Arm Cove to spend the night. High-water slack at the Ford's Terror Rapids is sometime between 12:30 pm and 1:30 p.m. Then it's about 16 nautical miles to Dawes Glacier, then 35 ... Details
Another sunny day! When I talk with people about cruising in Southeast Alaska, the weather is always a big concern. This is a rainy place—Ketchikan gets more rain in its driest month than Seattle gets in its wettest month. So far, though, we've only had a couple of rainy days.
Waggoner Cruising Guide Alaska ... Details
Ford's Terror is my favorite anchorage on the coast. It's magnificently beautiful, for starters. Think Yosemite, minus the people. Waterfalls surround you, with snowcapped peaks and snow-filled bowls all around. Bears forage ashore. It's close to Dawes Glacier. And it's difficult to get to.
Waggoner Cruising Guide... Details