Saturday, July 30, 2011

Day 80 - Roche Harbor, San Juan Island, WA - Friday, July 29, 2011

Today is the day we start on our Desolation Sound trip, gathering at Roche Harbor on San Juan Island.  As we near Guemes Island, we see many, many buoys identifying crab pots below.  Crabbing is good this year!

The Guemes Channel is busy as usual, and we are very alert as we navigate between boats.  As we get between Blakely and Lopez Islands, we begin to see the ferries and sometimes do not know which route on the charts they are taking, until they turn.

We sometimes have to make quick changes in our course.  

In some places we find confused waters, tide rips, and some chop.

Dedicated kayakers always fascinate me.  They don't seem to be afraid of the wakes.

When we are near Roche Harbor, Bob of Nellie Too, who is traveling along with us, radios that the two fast boats overtaking us on our port are a Cutwater in front, and Andrew from the factory following.

(Cutwater is a new model the factory is now making at their plant in Monroe WA.)

On board with Andrew are his better half, Carline, and Kenny from the factory.

As we settle in for the evening, Herb shows Andrew his workmanship on installing the new battery charger and Andrew gives his  approval.

I think Summer is here, as it is warm enough for me to change into short sleeves.  Yea! Yea!

We have been awaiting the arrival of Chiquita, and see her coming in with Leroy at the helm, and Lisa ready to expertly throw the bow line.

Many of us congregate on the dock by Nellie Too for snacks and get to meet new and longtime friends.

Shown are Nelle and Steve of Our Idea; Nita of Nellie Too; Herb of Willie's Tug; Buzz of Carpe Diem; and Dennis and Darlene of Tug of my Heart.

Ted is making a joke with his wife Donna, both of Papageno.  Jim  of Carpe Diem and Bob of Nellie Too look on.

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

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