Monday, July 4, 2011

Day 54 - Poulsbo WA - Saturday, July 2, 2011

To get to Poulsbo from Anacortes, we could take the boat and spend an easy two days on the water, then hope to get a slip at the marina.  It is a popular destination during holidays.

The surest thing to do is take the car aboard the Edmonds Ferry to Kingston, then drive on a short way to Poulsbo.  

We choose the latter, and plan to enjoy being on the big boat observing all the little boats giving way to us.  We have a two hour wait/crawl in line just to get into the holding area for the ferry.   At every street intersection (where one should not block the intersection), invariably some person from the back of the line slips in ahead of cars (and blocks the intersection).  

At one point drivers who have been cut off approach the offending ones to enlighten them about where the line ends.  

Crawling near us is a Jeep with a camera mounted on the hood.  I think, "How helpful to have a camera, so you can take a picture of the license plate of the car that cut in front of you."  

When we are finally on the ferry, I ask the Jeep driver if I may photograph his hood mounted camera.  He and friend volunteer to pose for me.  It is then that I learn the reason for the camera.  They are TJ and Keith, who have a production company in Seattle and are doing a story of taking a rode trip in the area.  The camera can be seen between them.

We are joined on the ferry by a large group of Harley riders, who stretch their legs enjoy the view up front.

'They sure do look good!'

We drive through the small town of Kingston, which calls us to come back for a longer visit to the quaint shops and restaurants, and get to Poulsbo for a meeting with other Ranger Tug owners to continue making plans for the Ranger Rendezvous to be held in September.

Kathy and Craig on Salish Rover are joined by David and Maureen of Karma, Herb and myself of Willie's Tug, Bob and Nita of Nellie Too, Johnnie and Marilee of Red Rover, and John and Laurie of Laurie Ann, who have planned the agenda for the day.

Kathy shows off her artwork and Nita shares with Bob.

It is a lively meeting with lotsa ideas coming from lotsa people -- and plans do gel.

Laurie calls for 'one meeting' and goes to the next item to be discussed.

After the meeting Laurie shows us some of the improvements she and John have made to the Laurie Ann, and I plan to re-read her article on 'living in small spaces.'  

She makes it work!

Her latest project was to make new colorful curtains.

As we leave the group, we look back at the boats in the marina, all decorated in red, white and blue to celebrate the 4th of July.

It is 4 o'clock in the afternoon, on July 2, but we see the parties have already started and are glad we will return to a quiet marina.

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and Walldog, Willie and Jake

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