Saturday, July 27, 2013

The (TugNuts) Gang's All Here! -- Friday, 7/26/2013 -- Day 1 of Desolation Sound Cruise -- Day 77

The first of today's arrivals of Ranger Tugs to Ganges Marina show up around mid-morning.  It is a busy day for those who are directing traffic to slips and tying their lines.  I hear it is non-stop until late afternoon.

There is much visiting and getting to know the new Tug owners, and renewing friendships of others.

More excitement comes when the swans arrive and create a commotion around KNOT FLY'N and the black lab, Molly, who was on the cockpit about to take a walk with owner Wayne, and I am told the birds don't like dogs. Wayne tried to shoo the swans away, but the male, or cobb, didn't scare.  Plan B is to get Molly safely inside until the flock leaves.

The way I look at it, it is Molly's boat!  Word spreads and the incident draws a crowd, most of whom have cameras.  

It seems the Mom and Pop swans are just trying to protect their cute babies.

Sofie of Current Obscession takes a Photo

Protecting his Family

It takes two food tables to display all the tempting appetizers prepared for Happy Hour, and I am too late to get some of them before the presentation is 'changed'.

We are in the landing approach for the local float planes and I try very quickly to get a shot of one coming over the marina.  When I hear the thundering sound, I have only a few seconds to frame and shoot!  Most get away, and unlike the appearance of the juxtaposition shown here, no sailboat masts or Tugs' antennas  are damaged.

Dinner is on our own, some going to restaurants, and others cooking on grills at the boat.  Quiet time comes and we sleep well, anticipating another wonderful day together.

Swanlings and Mother

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Friday, July 26, 2013


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