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MacGregor 26X Sailboat

July 4th Downtown Blues Fest

The past few years we spent the 4th in the San Juan Islands. This year we went to the islands earlier in the year and spent the 4th right here in Portland. From our marina on the Columbia we headed down river and then up the Willamette to downtown Portland. To get there we had to go under a total of TEN bridges! No wonder Portland is sometimes called the Bridgetown! We were able to clear 8 of the 10 bridges no problem, but the two railroad bridges had to be raised or swung to let us through.  Steel Bridge...
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Life on the River

I spent my formative years living within a few miles of the ocean in San Diego. In the summer we went to the beach to cool off. Now I live in Portland, Oregon which is a few hours from the ocean. It has been a tough adjustment period and after nearly five years here, there are a few things I still haven’t gotten used to. There is an inordinate number of fountains in  downtown Portland. I’ve always thought of fountains as mostly decorative with the occasional nut jumping into the fountain. Not so here. Fountains are a major attraction and...
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Our Summer Home

We finally did it! Rather than having to spend 3-4 hours setting up before going sailing we got a slip in a local marina! This summer we will be able to head down to the boat after work and go for a sail – just like all the other people we always envy on those perfect summer evenings. Of course this means we will not be traveling as far as usual but since we will be busy working in the field there will be less time for long outings anyway. We had originally planned a long trip to Desolation Sound...
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San Juan Islands – Day 4 – Clark Island

This is the last part of a four part series of our sailing trip to the San Juan Islands over Memorial Day weekend. Day 1 – Launch, Bellingham to Matia Island Day 2 – Matia Island to Friday Harbor Day 3 – Friday Harbor to Rosario, Orcas Island Day 4 – Rosario, Orcas Island to Clark Island Our last full day vacation was upon us and we just couldn’t bring ourselves to leave Rosario without enjoying the warmth of the pool and hot tub one last time. We walked up to the Mansion fairly early and were greeted by a...
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San Juan Islands – Day 3 – Rosario, Orcas Island

This is part three of a four part series of our sailing trip to the San Juan Islands over Memorial Day weekend. Day 1 – Launch, Bellingham to Matia Island Day 2 – Matia Island to Friday Harbor Day 3 – Friday Harbor to Rosario, Orcas Island Day 4 – Rosario, Orcas Island to Clark Island Since it seemed like the cold and rain was going to stick around we were looking for a place to go where we could warm up a little. So off to Rosario Resort it was! We left Friday Harbor in a light rain and...
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San Juan Islands – Day 2 – Friday Harbor

This is part two of a four part series of our sailing trip to the San Juan Islands over Memorial Day weekend. Day 1 – Launch, Bellingham to Matia Island Day 2 – Matia Island to Friday Harbor Day 3 – Friday Harbor to Rosario, Orcas Island Day 4 – Rosario, Orcas Island to Clark Island On Friday I woke up to a wet and cloudy day. Captain Mike had already been up for some time and had gone for a run around the island. After we had some breakfast we donned our long undies, foulies, hats, gloves, and life vests and pulled up the anchor. We were still...
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