As predicted, Tuesday the winds began to build after lunch and by four were gusting to 40 just two miles away at Friday Harbor. We had only cat’s paws dancing over our bay, nothing but ripples over the water. We could hear the roar of the wind on the other side of the island but we were so protected we had to watch things play out on the weather app on my iPad. If you must ride out nasty weather, that’s a great way to do it.
We are heading into this holiday weekend with large tides and hot sunny days. The nine foot tide swing today let us harvest some massive pacific oysters from the nearby beach. Grilled open on the BBQ, they were sautéed with olive oil, garlic and a can of smoked oysters, then served on crackers. Yum!
It’s late Thursday on the eve of Memorial Day weekend. With a safe and beautiful anchorage we have decided to hold tight till the crowds head home. Late next week we most likely will head further North into Canada.
Thoughts to leave you with.
- People told us there wasn’t enough wind here to sail. Bullshit. Lot’s of great wind.
- The waters are pristine. Words don’t do it justice.
- It’s a bit more expensive. Get over it.
- Marinas let you dock for four hours free and you can anchor anywhere that’s safe for FREE.
- When anchored in a bay, that house on shore is a million miles away.
- Even with cloudy skies we do not run out of power, not even close. Solar power baby!
- From goat cheese to Lox nearly everything is available, even in the smallest store. They cater to people with money. This helps the rest of us.
- With a sailboat, you could live on very little, even here.
We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came.
John F. Kennedy