The Gulf Islands

Mark Bunzel’s 2016 Cruise Report No. 3

Cruising Report No. 3 Campbell River to the Gulf Islands   Weather-wise it has been a spectacular summer for our main cruising areas. I am now working my way down through the Gulf Islands.   Leaving the Boat in Campbell River Mid last month, I left my boat in Campbell River Harbour Authority Fisherman’s Wharf…


Waggoner Cruising Guide 2017 Flotillas

We have had a lot of requests for dates and reservations for the Waggoner Cruising Guide 2017 Flotillas. The Inside Passage to Alaska Flotilla is about half full with early reservations for our May 20th departure. We have set our Desolation Sound Flotilla trip for a June 17th departure from Anacortes. Are you considering going with us…


Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend

Port Townsend’s Wooden Boat Festival is the Woodstock for all things wooden boat. Where else can you see close to 300 gorgeous and classic boats in the water and on land? Partake in over 130 presentations from experts on a variety of boating subject and visit with exhibitors with many interesting products? Sit near the…


Five Reasons to Visit Fort Worden & Three Ways to Get There

Are you looking for a unique day trip while visiting Port Townsend, Wa.? Here are five reasons to visit Fort Worden Historical State Park, which includes batteries to explore, military and historical museums, a marine science center with touch tanks, and a new restaurant with a jail. Best of all, the new electric taxi and…

La Conner Brewing Company

Pizza and Beer at La Conner Brewing Company

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 salads. They always have five beers on tap, some…


Mark Bunzel’s 2016 Cruise Report No. 2

Cruising Report No. 2 Lund to Port McNeill and down to Campbell River Lund 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 front of the pumpout with the requirement for a departure by 10…


Two Must-See History Stops on Bainbridge Island

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 portraits? Did Bainbridge Island really have…

History Stops on Bainbridge Island

Book Review: The Survival Food Handbook by Janet Groene

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…


Bob Hale’s 2016 Cruise Report No. 3

2016 Cruise Report No. 3 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 water is a mirror of dense…


Alaska Flotilla Day 38 – Juneau

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 friends go, but excited for them to continue their…


Alaska Flotilla Day 37 – Taku Harbor to Juneau

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 the end of the flotilla…

Taku Harbor