Road to the Sea Blog

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Skagit Island

Once again we sailed off anchor. There was a breeze, so why wouldn’t we just hauled up the anchor and set a sail to propel us the direction we wish to travel, right? It’s quite easy actually, and a whole lot less stressful than the clackity old diesel that resides down below. Admittedly, I do still turn the motor on...

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Visited by orcas in Coupeville

Although we have gone up the east side of Whidbey Island before, we did not stop off in Penn Cove at that time, making it an easy choice for a visit this time around. No wind was in the forecast for the afternoon’s sail (we didn’t even get started until after 3 PM) but luckily it was a straight shot...

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Langley

It was finally departure day, after our two week stay in Port Gamble. The forecast was for little to no wind at all, and the total distance to our next destination was 30 miles. I said it in the last post; the engine needed a long running ‘in anger’ to complete the shakedown tests and we were going to get...

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Last days in Port Gamble

After the overnight trip to Ludlow, we had a few more days in Port Gamble before the weekend, where we finally planned to head off to new adventures. Two weeks we have hung out here relaxing my poor old joints (after months of winter projects) and hiding from the rest of the world. It has served us well with only...

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Ludlow overnight

A phone call from my Mother & Sister prompted a quick reschedule of our next couple days. They wanted to drive out to visit before we left to Alaska. Luckily, the drive is only about two hours from there house to where we were anchored in Port Gamble, but the accommodations in town were slim. Not to mention this would...

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Kerri eats more sea life

A whole week now. That’s all that it has been, but it feels like much longer already – at least to me. I’m quickly falling right back into the routine of life on the hook. It is an easier life than being on the dock, I will admit. With all the major projects and repairs complete, I can satisfy my...

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Our final Port Gamble

Port Gamble has become one of our favorite anchorages south of the Juan DeFuca Straight. Not only is it well protected, it goes completely unused by anyone else. The shores are littered with clams and oysters that Kerri likes to eat, and there is a fantastic trail system just a short dinghy ride away where she does her fungus hunting...

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Only 8 hours to travel 20 miles

Well, our 2021 sailing season has officially begun. We slipped out of the marina at 1 PM on Sunday waiving to our neighbors who stared in disbelief that we were leaving them behind. I felt no guilt in it. Kerri and I planned to make a 20 mile sail to one of our favorites spots to drop anchor – Port...

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Bending on our new mainsail

With only hours remaining in the month of March it had arrived, and before we could even think about how beautiful it is we were in the act of bending on our new mainsail to Meriwether (yep, that’s the sailor phrase for installing a sail) who offered no complaints about the fancy new dress. It was an exciting moment, not...

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Coming out of hibernation

March is our final month tied to the dock here in Port Townsend. We leave the first weekend of April, likely not going all that far, but it will be wonderful to be back at anchor after four months of fenders rubbing against the hull 24/7. Not that we have been slouches during this time. With the shore power we...