Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pizza Pre-party, Anacortes -- 9/2/2014

Although it would make sense to turn left out of Blind Bay to continue toward Roche Harbor for the Ranger Rendezvous, we remember there's a pizza party at our favorite pizza parlor in Anacortes, so we make a turn to starboard.

The Orcas and Shaw Island ferries are not in sight -- yet.

Starboard to Starboard

As we go toward Anacortes, we see many Ranger Tugs heading in the opposite direction -- as they should -- maybe to Roche or to visit another spot for the night. We talk to Tym on Circle T, who is taking June to Fisherman's on Lopez.   We are able to get a photo of two Tugs.


Northern Comfort

It is a very pleasant cruise today, seas behaving for most of the trip and we sit back to enjoy the scenery.

However, we are always watching for navigational hazards.  With two ferry docks at the Anacortes landing, we may have more than one moving at a time.  Then there's the Guemes Ferry which goes straight across from Guemes Island to Fidalgo Island, Anacortes.  We watch closely to see the last two cars being loaded, then she begins to move.

An assessment tells us we will pass ahead of her.  We watch her speed and hold our course.  

As we do cross in front, I zoom the camera and it appears she is very close to us. That would not be good if she really were.... we are well out of harm's way and she goes astern.

Near Cap Sante Marina, we call for a slip and are welcomed in.  I do one last load of laundry and get caught by a lightening and thunder storm.  Oh, I did see the very black cloud to the east and knew there was a prediction of rain.  I have my raincoat on, but am surprised at just how hard the rain is.  Texas has storms, Washington has rain -- and storms!

By the time I get the laundry out of the dryer and folded, the sun is shining.  I like that!

Herb and I join the Bob and Nita with the Ranger group at Village Pizza for a delightful meal and visit. I learn the reason for the get together is to welcome the R-21 boats who will cruise with Nellie Too to Roche tomorrow.

Other Ranger owners are invited to join, and Brenna and Jocelyn listen intently to Ray's story.

Elena and Don -- Lil Toot, R-21

Bob takes a bite of his spaghetti and it is too hot! Nita checks to see just how hot it is.

Someone says Bob should take a sip of his beer to cool his mouth!


Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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