Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Hill -- Thursday, 9/12/2013 -- Day 125

After breakfast we take another look at the changing leaves as we bring Joe and Pearl's luggage to Willie's Tug for an overnight at Orcas Island.

Rosario, here we come.  A bit different from other marinas in the San Juans, so it is a must-see for the Segars.  As we leave Cap Sante Boat Haven, we cruise past the Discovery from Juneau, at the end of C-Dock, and wonder about her stories.

Just as we clear the breakwater, we turn for a view behind us and are glad we could be leaving the fog here.

Could be.

However, it appears we will run right into it after we pass Guemes Island.  We hear many vessels calling for visibility checks, but we never to catch up the fog. 

 As we near the intersection of the shipping lanes in Rosario Strait, Herb calls Traffic to learn a tug is going southbound at 8 knots, then slows to 4 knots to allow her to pass ahead of us.  Suddenly, Joe and Pearl both call out that they see a log ahead -- good eyes -- great crew on board!

We leave the log where we find it.

When the tug goes by, Herb increases speed to 8 knots to clear the lanes, then settles into a cruising speed of 7.2.  We finally get into some fog with visibility of less than .2 miles as we approach Obstruction Pass.  We see white caps, swells and rolls, as well as tide rips.

Yea!  Now the fog clears as we enter East Sound of Orcas Island, and we can see The Mansion far in the distance.  We have arrived.

It is only a slight incline to walk from the marina up to The Mansion to register for the Segars' condo, but when they are given their keys and directions, we all are in for a big surprise.  I had assumed their vacation accommodations would be the cute cabins next to The Mansion, which carry the names of different San Juan Islands.  Assumed.  

When Joe made the reservation, they told him the condo building would be up the hill.  Hill?  Where is the hill?  We just came up a hill.

We see the hill, and we are not happy!  The situation gets complicated, but the staff calls a car to take us and the luggage 'up the hill.'  What a nightmare!  Our driver will be available until 9P, so at that witching hour we need to be where we should be for the night!

Thinking heads learn car rentals are available, and the arrival of a PT Cruiser makes the rest of the stay very enjoyable.

The condo with its view helps to reduce our shock and change the mood!  

From the Balcony

The Manion Far Below

More Guests Arrive

Residents Graze
Shortly before 4P we head down to the Mansion for the Organ Concert presented by Christopher Peacock, accomplished musician, author and historian. After his performance, he shows photos from over the lifetime of the Moran family, who settled the Rosario Estate from Seattle.   He concludes with a silent movie of "The Phantom of the Opera."  

A pleasant end to our evening is Happy Hour and dinner prepared by Herb and Pearl at the condo.

We sleep well, looking forward to a day of wonderment tomorrow.

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Thursday, September 12, 2013

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