Katie, Dom and Blixa
Chris and Allison
Glenn and I decided in order to take all our stuff to the Northwest, a drive was in order. That would allow us to also stop and see my family on the way to our charter in Anacortes. Allison and Chris had driven up before us and Katie and Dom along with his daughter Blixa were going to come by my sister Vicki's house in Gig Harbor. We hadn't met Dom or his daughter yet and since they are such an important part of our daughter's life we welcomed the opportunity. To join the fun my niece Laura and her son Owen also came by, making the perfect play mate for Blixa.
Blixa, Owen and Dexter
After our family event, we headed off the next day to pick up Patti and John at the airport. Stowing their bags in the packed car, we drove the 2 hour drive up to Anacortes. Our friends Barbara and Curtiss had already arrived in the area with their boat La Vida, a 26 ft Macgregor sailboat "with an attitude". Luckily the truck Curtiss had used to tow it was repaired in Ashland after a breakdown... and he was able to make it to Anacortes in one piece.
Before we made it to Ship Harbor Charters, we stopped at a winery/cidery place outside Anacortes for a pre party....
Once at the harbor, we checked in and was shown where our new home for the cruise, Wave Dancer, was sitting. We were not allowed to check out until morning, so we called Barbara and Curtiss and arranged a rendezvous at Brown Lantern Ale House. Patti also called some Sausalito neighbors, also up in the area for a vacation, Stuart and Emily Riddle who met us there too.
We slept on the boat and settled in. The boys set a time for checking out at 9am, so Patti and I met Barbara in Anacortes to go shopping and provision the boat while they "worked".
The boat felt like it was 10 stories high. For people who usually sail, this Bayliner was huge, and somewhat sluggish to respond. The currents in the San Juans make sailing in the area "challenging" so we broke our resolve not to be power boaters, in favor of getting from place to place on the same day.
But Barbara and Curtiss on La Vida had their own solution for getting around...an outboard with HORSEPOWER! They looked like a ski boat as they flew through the water.
Me.... I am a party planner in my alternate life, so I planned one for our first night "out there".
I will have to guess at everyone's names, after several days and many bottles of wine that night.
As the sun set, the views began to take center stage... we all slipped away to our respective berths to wait for the sun to rise. Tomorrow we had exploring to do.