Saturday, June 28, 2014

Paraclete -- 6/24/2014

It has been such a wonderful weekend, both at Bainbridge and here at Blake, but we must return to Stimson Marina at Ballard today.  We take advantage of a lazy morning, very quiet, as many of the boaters have already left.  MoonShadow peeks from behind Willie's Tug, with Paraclete over on the right of the photo on our port side, no longer in the U of the main dock.

Blake Island where have I heard that name...or word...Revelation?  No.  Ok, when I get a minute I will Google it.  Yesterday Vicki and I saw the picture of a dove on their burgee, and that gets my attention.

Just at this moment the owners of Paraclete, Bill and Jackie, come to visit Herb and me.  They bring their doggie, Abby, to visit Jake.   Abby is listed on their boat card as 'Deck Watch Commander.'  I think I like these people already.

We give them a tour of the R-31 and describe the differences we have from our R-27.  Pointing out the extra cabinets and shelves that have been added, we show how all available space is utilized.  

Our conversation turns now to their boat and its name.  Paraclete, Jackie tells me is from a Greek word, parakletos, and translates to Holy Spirit, Comforter, Counselor, or Advocate.  She says the name fits, as they have had much comfort on that boat.  So this explains the dove on the burgee.   Later I find these references in the Bible:   Isaiah 11:2; John 14:16; 15:26 and 16:7. 



We notice the boats are starting to come in, so we should give up our spot on the dock and head across the Sound.  We give hugs all around, and marvel at our chance meeting.  "No," Bill says, "nothing is by chance."   We have been able to share ideas and travel experiences, and Bill comes away with information on a smaller trailer-able boat, the truck for pulling it, and also choices of motor homes.  Great visit. 

We hope to see them again some day on the water (in their new smaller boat?) or on land in their motor home.

We are sad to leave Bruce and Vicki, but glad they can stay another day on the island.  They help with our lines, give us a push off and take a photo of our departure.

                                                                   Photo courtesy of Bruce Moore

Jackie and Bill on Paraclete
Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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