The last month has been spent getting the last of the projects done before heading out the Strait of Juan de Fuca and making the “Big Left Turn”.
We had a visit from Sonni’s parents over the 4th of July week, Brad’s parents after that and had several nice nights at anchor with Simon’s family and CRABBING SEASON STARTED! The food has been pretty hard to live with…
Dungeness Crab Benedict!
Dinner with Sonni’s parents.
Dinner on Lummi Island with Simon, Laurie and Cora.
Paddleboarding with the dogs. Mt. Baker at sunset. Beautiful!
We woke up to about 30 Native American canoes passing down Hale’s Passage headed for Puyallup. Some of them have been paddling for weeks. Over 100 tribes canoe to Puyallup each year for the “power Paddle to Puyallup. Mt. Baker in the backgroud.
One the project side, we’ve added a solar power array, installed a Hydrovane self steering system, replaced the lifelines and added safety netting on them to keep the dogs safe. We also removed our entire marine plumbing system and added an AirHead composting toilet. We’re three weeks in with it and so far we’d never go back to a traditional marine system. No pumping out the holding tank, no repairing the finicky toilet and best of all, no odor. Yes, we’re still hauling around our poo but it’s not sloshing around a tank connected by pipes that I installed. And there’s no odor whatsoever, it’s been a huge improvement. Let me know if you have any questions on that. We’ve decided to procrastinate on the water maker until southern California since we can reliably get good water down the West coast and we can hold 100 gallons of fresh water which lasts us almost two weeks. We should have plenty of time in Southern California to do the install.
We’re still shooting for the end of August or the beginning of September to shove off. We’ll head for Neah Bay at the end of the month and wait for a weather window to go. We’re planning to head straight for San Francisco if the weather permits. If not, we’ll make stops as necessary to avoid bad weather.
August will be spent getting the final preparations made to be away from the Pacific Northwest for a while and continuing to explore the San Juan Islands until we head out!