Blake Island

Blake Island

Blake Island

24-Feb-06: A high pressure weather system arrives on the heels of a Winter gale resulting in a clear and calm, albeit chilly, sunny day. Time to play hooky from work and take an impromptu vacation day. We decide to go check out Blake Island, a Washington State park eight miles across Puget Sound from Seattle. We’ve heard that this boating destination is extremely popular due to its proximity to Seattle but we arrive to find its harbor virtually empty on a Friday in February. Read the rest of this entry »


Gig Harbor

The Gig Harbor town dock

The Gig Harbor town dock

05-Feb-2006: After literally 40 days and 40 nights of incessant rain, the storms stop and the sun finally emerges. Hallelujah! Let’s go boating! We decide to circumnavigate Vashon Island, a huge land mass in the middle of the South Sound across from Des Moines, where our marina is located. It’s a 36 mile trip to ride around it. The days are growing longer and sunset is 5:15 PM and as we are always late starters, we’ve got 4 hours to make the journey. Read the rest of this entry »


Winter on Puget Sound

A December sunset on Puget Sound

A December sunset on Puget Sound

If one closely monitors the weather during Winter in Puget Sound and is prepared to hop on the boat when a clear day presents itself, some marvelous outings can be had. Except for the occasional commercial ship traffic, the Sound is empty and peaceful. The fair weather boaters are nowhere to be seen and are at home watching football or skiing up in the Cascade Mountains. Often there is no one to reply to radio checks. Read the rest of this entry »


Central Puget Sound

The East Channel of the Central Puget Sound

The East Channel of the Central Puget Sound

25-Nov-2005: We’ve been exploring our new neighborhood, a section of the Central Puget Sound called the East Passage. It links Seattle to Tacoma and is used by huge commercial and much smaller recreational vessels alike. It’s even divided up into northbound and southbound lanes for the tugs and container ships and on the nautical charts, it looks just like protected airspace for commercial jets. Read the rest of this entry »


51 Nautical Miles

Olympia to Des Moines

Olympia to Des Moines

9-Oct-2005: We have successfully moved the boat from Olympia to our new covered berth in Des Moines, just 5 miles from our house. The journey covers 51 nautical miles and takes over 3 hours. Such a journey is a big deal after merely putting around an inlet or two in the South Sound so we’re both apprehensive and excited. Read the rest of this entry »


Astrolabe

Astrolabe

An astrolabe

1/2-Oct-2005: The name Bunky has been removed off the boat’s transom with a heat gun. All that is left is Olympia, the boat’s port of call. The new name lettering has been ordered — Astrolabe. Inga has picked this for two reasons. One, the astrolabe is an ancient navigation device, an astronomical computer for solving problems relating to time and the position of the Sun and stars in the sky that was invented 2,000 years ago. The astrolabe was highly developed in the Islamic world by 800 AD and was introduced to Europe from Islamic Spain in the early 12th century. It was finally replaced in 1650 AD by the sextant. Inga knows all about this kind of stuff due to her bachelor’s degree work in ancient astronomy and astrology. Read the rest of this entry »


What’s a Bunky or a Surf Scoter for that matter?

What’s a “Bunky”?

Beats the hell out of us! This is what the first owner of this boat named it. There is something very cute and pet-like about this boat that calls out for such a playful name. We do realize there is a lot of superstition about renaming a boat but to us, the boat feels like it has outgrown its childhood name and is yearning for a new identity. Read the rest of this entry »