Our hope is to leave Friday Harbor this morning and anchor out somewhere, but we enjoy a lazy morning while waiting for the fog to burn off. We are delighted to have a visit from Sam Landsman of Fine Edge/Waggoner Cruising Guide, who saw Willie's Tug earlier. He is returning from leading a group of boats on the Alaska cruise -- our own Anne Cox was in his flotilla.
The sky is sunny with a few scattered clouds as we depart from our slip and cruise into San Juan Channel . We get a push to over 5 nm/gal, riding on swells.
Our route takes us east on the south side of Shaw Island into Upright Channel, then west in Harney Channel to anchor in Blind Bay on the north side of Shaw. We have never been here and are pleased to see lots of space for many more boats to stay the night.
As we cruise by one boat a lady comes out and stands in the cockpit with her arms folded, watching us intently as we pass. I wonder if she is afraid we will anchor in her water.
I am amused as we go find our own water.
It is a very peaceful afternoon as we gently swing on anchor to see the ever changing scene.
Dinner is the last of our huge oysters from Stuart Island/Big Bay BC. Yum, Yum! Boats continue to come into the anchorage until dusk, and I count 43.
We turn on the anchor light and retire to read our books.
Willie of Willie's Tug,
and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
Friday, August 30, 2014