Thursday, July 25, 2013

Poet's Cove at Last! -- Wednesday, 7/24/2013 -- Day 75

I can't believe we are soon to be cruising with many, many Ranger Tugs to Desolation Sound!  Where has the time gone?  Willie's Tug and Moondance leave early for Ganges, Salt Spring Island, BC to help dock the boats as they come together at the start of the trip to cross the Strait of Georgia.

Watching fog, currents, and winds, we leave mid-morning from Cap Sante Marina at Anacortes with 65 degrees ambient temp, a warming sun, and a slightly rippled sea.  Our destination is Poet's Cove at Bedwell Harbour, just across the US/Canadian border.

All is well.  Someone radios to ask us how the fog is.  We see no fog.  All good.

We can see fog to our west, but as we near Orcas Island, it appears that we may enter it.  Hurrah for AIS and radar and radios.  The fog stays to our west.

Today is the first time we cook on the propane stove while underway, and add delicious salmon to a salad of baby lettuce, arugula and spring greens, combined with grape tomatoes, blueberries and asiago cheese.  

We see a ship sailing in the distance, and as we get closer, realize it is Lady Washington, a replica who portrayed HMS Interceptor in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."

Lady Washington

Now we see the fog ahead, but will we go that way?

A large ship, Astral Ace, comes into view and skipper slows to avoid coming too close.  We also note the Rum Tum Tugger on our starboard bow move to safely pass Astral Ace starboard to starboard.  

Rum Tum Tugger meets Astral Ace

She is a beauty!

So happy to arrive at Poet's Cove, a beautiful marina at Bedwell Harbour, and such a fun place to play.

Find Moondance and Willie's Tug....

 We are happy to see Jurgen (Current Obsession), who is going south tomorrow, but joins us for Happy Hour.  He has a few stories to tell!

 Find Willie's Tug....

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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