Sucia Island Marine State Park

A Diamond in the Rough – Sucia Island Marine State Park

Sign memorializing Ev Henry and the 40 yacht clubs. There’s something very special about Sucia Island Marine State Park’s incredible beauty, many bays, coves, beaches, and trails. Its shoreline is the product of Mother Nature’s artistry with smooth sandstone curves, rounded arches and honeycomb hollows, plus six bays possessing their own unique personality. Arlene and…


Puget Sound’s Maritime History Museums

Wherever there are ships, mariners invariably follow. From tugboats to container ships and naval ships to fishing boats, Puget Sound and ships are inseparable. Maritime museums are an inexpensive (many offers free admission) and an enjoyable way to discover some of Puget Sound’s rich history. During out travels the past couple of years, Arlene and…

Ship to Shore Marine Supply

Ship to Shore Marine Supply – New Store Open!!!

At the beginning of September, the NEW Ship to Shore Marine Supply Store at Arabella’s Landing opened. The new building is up the street from their old location and adjoins Arabella’s Landing. Ship to Shore Marine Supply now has two separate stores with the same great staff who are all boaters and experienced in water sports.…


Do You Know Your Diesel Engine?

How well do you know your Diesel engine? Do you know what the different arrows are pointing at on the diesel engines?? Have you ever air-locked your engine? Are you nervous about changing the fuel filter on your engine for the first time? Can you change your own oil and filters? Do you want to know how to test…


Salads and Specials at Sully’s Bistro & Bar

This summer, I found myself in Suquamish, Wa. twice. Each time I dined at Sully’s Bistro & Bar, which is within walking distance of the Suquamish community dock. What drew me in? First, was the outdoor patio, which has views of Agate Pass, Port Madison, and Elliot Bay. Second, was the friendly service and great specials.…


Bob Hales 2016 Cruise Report No. 5

Cruise Report No. 5 Retirement. Our 2016 trip has been our last cruise in our beloved Pacific Northwest waters. We’re retiring from boating (Mini-12 sailboat excepted), and putting Surprise for sale. Marilynn and I can feel the years taking a toll on our flexibility and balance, and we know there’s no going back. Neither of…

Blue Moose Cafe

Don’t Miss These Two Eateries Near Port Townsend’s Boat Haven

A seven-minute walk from Port Townsend’s Boat Haven you’ll find the Blue Moose Cafe and Key City Fish Co. Tacos-To-Go. For boaters moored at the Boat Haven, both offer a great nearby option for breakfast and lunch. If you are at Point Hudson Marina, it’s a 40-minute walk or a 15-minute bus ride. Don’t Miss…

Lopez isalnd

Mark Bunzel’s 2016 Cruise Report No. 4

Cruising Report No. 4 Sidney to Lopez Island   Telegraph Harbour Marina – Correction – Pizzas are still coming out of their oven! In the last edition of my cruising report, it was incorrectly reported that they no longer have food service or pizzas. Please note that Telegraph Harbour Marina still has their well-appreciated pizzas…


Cocktails, Popcorn and the Rose Theatre

For almost 25-years, the Rose Theatre has been making a night at the movies an exceptional experience. How does the former vaudeville theater make such an impression? Let me answer that, by asking you a few questions. What was the last movie you went to that was personally introduced? Were you able to order a…

Garrison Bay

Garrison Bay on San Juan Island ~ A Step Back In Time

  When Arlene and I lived south of Seattle, we made at least one visit to Garrison Bay each year. It would be our first stop in the San Juan Islands after crossing the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the beginning our annual migration north to the San Juan and Gulf Islands and points…


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…

The Gulf Islands