Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Anchor Hooks!!! - July 4th, 2012

With two things in mind, we cast off our lines in Cap Sante marina, and cruise just outside the breakwater to Fidalgo Bay to anchor for the evening.  For some time we have considered upgrading our anchor to a larger one, and recently saw the need to do it now.

West Marine had just the one we wanted, and hastily agreed to meet Fisheries' lower price.  It looks nice attached to Willie's Tug's bow, but does it work?  It comes highly recommended, but aw shucks, we really just want to go play anchoring!

Our other reason for being at this point in the Bay tonight is that it is Independence Day, the Fourth of July, and we will have a vantage point from which to watch the fireworks display tonight.

We find the spot we want and drop anchor; shortly thereafter are on the hook!  Yea, the anchor works!  We have a great view of Cap Sante Bluff, where we walk Jake from time to time (on the lower level).

We are between two pretty sailboats, and a few others come in before evening festivities begin.

We enjoy seeing two kayaks, one with a sail, come and go past us.  As I am trying to get a photo, I hear the one paddling say to the one sailing, "Don't hit that boat!"  

I'm hoping also that he won't.

A fishing boat comes in, and we watch to see where she is going with her catch for the day, as she stops by one of the sailboats.  I know what they will have for dinner.  

We wonder if she will make the rounds in the Bay to offer others to purchase, but are disappointed to see her turn and cruise back out!

From here we also have a great view of the tip of Mount Baker, upper left in the photo, and with billowy clouds floating by.

Late in the afternoon Jake gets to ride in Jake's Ferry to go ashore.

Sheriff Patrols

Behind the sailboats, we see a tanker being escorted out of the Bay and down the Guemes Channel.

The local bands begin to play at 5 PM, and different ones continue until 10 PM, when it is finally dark and the fireworks display begins.

We watch with eyes glued to the night sky, but manage to get a few photos.

Happy Fourth of July, and thank you to all who served and are now serving!

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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