From the Interstate to the San Juan Islands

After three weeks in sunny San Diego it was time to head back to the boat…. One of the reasons we made the trip to San Diego was to pick up our cargo trailer full of boat and household stuff.  We took full advantage of having access to a garage to go through all of our things and re-organize. When we sold Camille we didn’t have much time or space and pretty much just tossed everything into the trailer. We had planned on renting a truck to haul our trailer to Washington but Mike’s parents offered to tow it for us in their own car. (Thank you!!) After...
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Jones Island

For $200 you can get an entire year of mooring and docking in Washington’s state parks. That is a great bargain especially if you don’t limit your cruising to the summer. Turns out few people actually cruise in the winter and we have had every anchorage to ourselves so far. We spent a few sunny days at Jones Island before the weather turned ugly and drove us into port.The floating docks are removed in winter but landing the dinghy is a breeze on the steep beach. Of course dinghy wheels like we had on Camille would certainly make it easier to pull...
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Shake-down Cruise

Before we decide what gear to add (or remove) from Limerick we are taking her out on a shake-down cruise for a few weeks and getting to know her. From Seattle we headed up to the San Juan Islands with a stop-over in Mystery Bay near Port Townsend. The past few of days were like summer in January. Well, maybe not as warm – we sure love the Webasto heater the previous owner installed! There is a small system pulling through today so we are hiding out at Rosario Resort and enjoying their spa facilities which are included in the moorage. All photos in...
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Maiden Voyage Aboard Limerick

A couple of days ago we “set sail” for the first time aboard “Limerick” and left the Kipsap Peninsula in our wake headed for Seattle.It was about 40 degrees out but we were snug in our heated cabin while navigating the Sound. What a change from a sailboat! The other thing we noticed (aside from being toasty warm and inside) was that our cruising speed was twice that of Camille. And they say trawlers are slow.We had less than 20 miles to go but wanted to get an early start in case of any unforeseen occurrences. So we left before breakfast which I made once we were underway....
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The Next Chapter: Our New Boat

A couple of days before Christmas we finally moved aboard our new boat. It took us a while to figure out what we wanted to do after selling Camille a year and a half ago. We considered buying a house with some land, traveling by land, moving to Europe, etc. We came back up to the Pacific Northwest to look at some properties and spent a couple of weeks house shopping. But every time we drove past a marina we talked about what kind of boat we could buy after buying some property and all the places we would go on said boat. Turns out maybe...
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Hurricane Ridge

We took the ferry over to the Olympic Peninsula for some skiing and snow-shoeing. As we headed into the mountains it was first raining, then snowing and finally we came out above the clouds to a sunshiny day and fresh snow.We stayed in a cabin on a farm in Eden Valley near Port Angeles. This is “Blue” the miniature horse.