Road to the Sea Blog

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Legendary dumpster encounter

There I was in the marina’s dumpster area, taking the trash out of course – I don’t just hang out there without reason – when a soft spoken woman asks me about the key code for the gate to access the trash receptacles. Now, normally I would simply offer the requestor the advice to talk to the proper person to...

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Surviving stationary life

Our second month of winter live aboard has come and passed. By now I am fully reminded just how mundane stationary life is. It is easy to forget when out traveling, on the road or sea, but not today. We have fallen into routine, the worst nightmare of any nomad. At least it is here in Port Townsend, where neither...

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Our first month of winter live-aboard

Our stationary life is not one exciting enough to bother writing about much. I’m not going to pretend that we did anything exciting or adventurous during the month of December. Quite the opposite actually, Work fills most our day and some light inter-boat socializing during the evenings in which the wind isn’t blowing at 40+ knots – which isn’t often....

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The beginning of our winter

If you can believe it, we started our winter moorage three weeks ago. Three weeks of us having all the luxuries of being tied to a dock. The stationary life was welcomed after the final month on the cold and windy waters of the Puget Sound. With electricity comes the warmth of hot water and an electric heater to chase...

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Summarizing our 2020 sailing season

Well, we successfully sailed another season without sinking or being attacked by killer whales, as much as my mother feared it might happen. Although COVID19 utterly destroyed our plans to sail north into BC and Alaska, we still got a lot of sailing in and saw many new places. Though we never planned to sail the South Puget Sound, we...

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Our last hope and sail

Before the end of the work week we had already ditched the log infested waters of the Swinomish Channel in La Conner. It was clear that by the end of the upcoming weekend, we were going to be in Port Townsend for the winter. There was just no avoiding all the major wind events happening at this time of the...

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Dodging some bullets

So, we only got to hang around Hunter Bay for a single night. The forecasted winds finally put the fear into us to run back to the safety of a marina. This time we made our way into Anacortes via a couple-hour sail/motor while Kerri worked. The voyage went smoothly, as did the docking and resupplying our firewood and grocery...

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Giddyup Meriwether!

Our time at Indian Cove was only a single night. Once again, we had to move to another anchorage to protect ourselves from strong winds coming from a completely different direction from the day before. There were not a lot of options along the general route, however one bay stood out for a few reasons; 1) We hadn’t been there,...

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Flat Point & Indian Cove

Obstruction Pass – sounds so ominous, right? We avoided this scary sounding stretch of water last year by taking it’s sister to the south; Peavine Pass. The only difference between the two is that Peavine is straight while Obstruction has a bend. Both still have strong currents at times, but with just a little bit of planning those can be...

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Island hopping

The morning we left Waldron Island I scanned the AIS for other boats on the islands to our North – where we planned to point Meriwether. Patos Island was the original destination, but I saw something on AIS that changed our minds; Merlin. Merlin is a like-aged boat to Meriwether that we happened to view back in 2018 when we...