Friday afternoon after the kids got home from school we walked down to the boat to start our weekend. How nice to live SO close to our boat that we can leave the car at home and just walk down. We have to wait a little while for the tide to come back up though, as there are some dangerously shallow spots between our slip and Kiket Island. Another foot of water is all we need.
We motor over to Kiket Island for Friday night. This has become one of our most frequented anchorages. We typically have it all to ourselves. Not so on Friday night. There are actually two other boats here. That is quite rare. The kids worked on homemade pizza for dinner. Yum!
|Working on pizza. We bake it in our convection microwave oven. Nice!|
|Up I go. In the dark.|
|Ohm-meter in hand. We need a working anchor light.|
The problem is the LED light bulb. Half of the LED's are burned out.
|Deception Pass behind us. The weekend ahead of us.|
We anchor in Griffin Bay, after some trouble getting the anchor to grab. It seems that if you go too close to shore the bottom is mostly gravel and the anchor just skips through the rocks without ever getting a good bite. We move out a bit and find solid holding. We back down on it HARD. The anchor is set, and set well. That's good with the expected blow coming our way Saturday night. We dinghy to shore and start hiking. This time we are headed for Mt. Finlayson. We've wanted to hike here for a few years now but never have. It's a nice little hike, with one section that is quite steep. The view is spectacular. We stop and have a snack and soak in the fantastic scenery. We live in such a beautiful part of the world....
|This would be a creepy tree on a moonlit night!|
|Fantastic moss covered forest.|
|What a nice calm day. The Cattle Point lighthouse is just over Steve's shoulder.|
|What's that in Kevin's ear?!|
|Hiking around Mt. Finlayson|
|Nice new map at the trailhead showing the trails around Griffin Bay|
We stop at the sand dunes on our hike back toward the boat. We have enjoyed these dunes many times before. It seems that the vegetation is slowly overtaking the sand and someday they are going to be gone. But for now, we take advantage of their presence by playing here several times a year.
|AIR TIME! Playing in the sand dunes at Griffin Bay|
|Kevin goes airborne off a dune.|
|A small Fox, and several bunnies near the sand dunes at Griffin Bay.|
Saturday night the wind does kick up just as forecast. And it blows HARD. We don't have a good weather station on board Adagio, but I do have a primitive hand-held wind meter. It is showing constant 25-30 knots winds with gusts higher. That is about what was forecast. The wind is howling all night and I don't sleep much as a result. But the boat holds fine and we have no problems.
Sunday after breakfast we motor over to Fisherman Bay. Virtually no cell access here, but great WiFi opportunities. We play on our favorite sand beach for hours. It is actually a very nice day. No rain whatsoever and the sun is quite warm. So warm that I manage to take my patented "beach nap" in the warm sand. Ah, life is good.....
|Snack time. Cindy enjoys a "Ding Dong" on the sand beach.|
|Baseball on the beach. Cindy pitching. Kevin connects for a "homer".|
|Dad just want's his beach nap. "Come on guy's, I'm sleeping here!"|
|Kevin takes us back to 'Adagio' after several fun hours on the beach.|
|Ready to race. I guess a 12' dinghy is no match for a 750hp plane!|
After lunch we pull the anchor and head back home. The trip seems to take forever. It's somewhat frustrating at times to be limited to 7.5-8.0 knots. But the fuel savings can't be denied, and we certainly spend more time enjoying the journey and the fantastic scenery.
This was a great trip out. The boat performed flawlessly. We spent many fun hours playing games together. The beaches were excellent. The weather was much better than expected. Any complaints? Only one; 3 days wasn't long enough!