26
Mar
17

Last snow storm for the year?

Hello beautiful.

Just when we start to get 65’F weather and I was thinking the worst is over… I returned Fordie to the leasing co and got ourselves a cute little VW Golf ….¬†we get slammed again. 12 – 18″ of snow fell and was blown around by huge winds that is prevalent this time of year. Meaning that snow that would normally settle on roof top are blown around and settles on ground finally, making it 18″ at least everywhere.

Good looking butt.

Only days before the storm, was a clear sunny weekend when I had all that energy to cut out a full suit of “decal armor” for the little redsy. A tad too much contrast, IMO… I didn’t have a good supply of light grey, so I used white against my better judgement.

The works!

It was a state of emergency and we are advised to not go anywhere unless it was in a snow plow or emergency response vehicle. Look, less traffic, less accidents, less need for emergency responders and snow plows work more effectively. So yes we are not going anywhere in Fordie in these conditions, and much less in this lightweight little scoot of a car…. we haven’t settle on a name for this little reddy… nothing we think of seems to suit him/her… yes, we are not sure about that too…

Yikes, snow banks taller than me.

Since the forecast sounded really bad, the kind of storm that gobbles up little cars… I move our new little red car into the garage, something I vow to never do after I broke the back window of the Fordie doing so 3 months back. This time, I had help from Doug… phew… Only inches to spare in the front and back.

Banks of snow everywhere in the hood.

Ok, we out lasted the 36 hours storm. We were snug, cozy, warm, well fed from foods that we stacked in the fridgy, little reddy is in a heated garage, what more comfort can we ask for ūüôā . No wonder people in affluent societies get fat in winter…

And look! Right in front of the garage door is where the plows deposited the snow from the cul de sac… Little redsy would have been buried in 18″ of snow and then crushed by 8′ snow bank.¬†Lucky girl (I guess that’s pretty much decided after all that flowers eh?), and lucky us, we don’t have to dig her out … phew.

18
Mar
17

Too much snow

Beginning of winter. Light covering of snow.

Just settling down into our now furnished and comfy apartment… and it began to snow. It was fun at 1st, playing in the slowly falling drizzle in about 30’F…

Star cracks on frozen pond.

Took a walk through the private reserve on Steeplechase property. Nice little park with benches, streams and pond.

Notice these star shaped cracky patterns on the frozen pond and wondered about them. We deduce that some residents came walking and threw pebbles on the water just as it was a thin freeze. Now even the cracks are frozen over solid. I threw pebbles and they just skid over the ice. Too late to make my own star.

Nice solid bridge.

Cross over on that very solid timber bridge to St Ledgers Woods, a adjacent private community that shares this private reserve. Steeplechase is in the background in this picture, somewhere in that cluster is our rental.

Clear day after snow storm.

Weeks later,¬†light flaky snow became more like the blizzard variety. Lots of wind, driving snow and wind chill … less fun, but still in the low 30s… Still manage to drive Fordie to Lowes and bought some 2x4s, but look at the snow piles.

Every property must have and run their snow plows so that the residents can go to work/shopping/emergency… and every mall must do the same so that customers can get there. And the city plowers clears the major roads constantly. Seems like a pretty fine tuned operation. We decided to call this snow management ūüôā … Interesting to watch all that work to make it possible for people to continue with daily living despite weather…

I build this snow man village.

Then it stopped snowing and sun was coming thru in the shorter daylight hours…. The irony is clear sunny days are also the coldest days… typically less than 10’F. Scarves and mittens are needed to walk 1/2 mile from the parked car to the office building.

Me and my creations.

Well, get over it! And enjoy¬†our time here in upstate NY while it last…. I think that to myself, hoping that it will make me feel better … ¬†So lets put on more layers and go play in the snow ūüôā …

Indulge and built a whole snowman village… that was fun.

Yup, we definitedly have no plans to make this one of our basecamps.

 

05
Feb
17

Setting up a rental in upstate NY

Thats my corner. All those windows above the 3 garages are my new space.

Thats my corner. All those windows above the 3 garages are part of my new space.

We will be in NY for a while… few years I think. Immediately, we need a place to stay. Being new to the area, and not really committed to being here for long, we look to rent and not to buy.

Moving in today. Nothing to put my stuff on.

Moving in today. Nowhere to put my stuff on.

Ok, so I visited 6 managed communities and chose a rather high end 1 bedroom apartment with the usual facilities. Yes, I want to be comfy and not to worry about maintenance or digging Fordie out of the snow or clearing the driveway. I want to just furnish it, move in¬†and go to work, in that sequence preferably….

IKEA delivery was here.

IKEA delivery was here.

But it was not to be…. we moved in, ordered the furniture, go to work and complete the furnishing over 3 weeks. At least the mattress and bedding came within 1 day, the 1st night that we moved in. As for whatever we need in the kitchen, Walmart is only 10 miles away.

Altho cheap desk and shelves are available at Walmart, we hated how it look and feel so much that we rather eat on our laps and sitting on those crates.

Contemporary and comfy to me.

Contemporary and comfy to me.

I did check out the local furnishing stores, and find that did not suit me. Did I want to drive 3hrs to IKEA in NY? And rent a Uhaul trailer to bring back those IKEA boxes? Nah. IKEA has been really good to me for over 20 years. I have always been able to furnish my space with everything IKEA, it got so comfortable to me that I could just order online and know exactly what I will get and everything is exactly as describe. I never realize how much I have come to trust and rely on a business! :O

A doorway to close off the stairway in the plans.

A doorway to close off the stairway in the plans.

I could have saved $300 by renting a trailer and driving to NY, and gotten my furniture sooner. But nah, I paid the flat fee $380 for delivery which includes the guys bringing up every box to the 2nd level. Phew! I am glad we didnt have to do that ourselves. Assembly was back breaking enuf. By the time we finished, we were already living in the apartment for 3 weeks.

Doorway in the works.

Doorway in the works.

Our shipment from PT arrive just after 2 weeks and that was a good thing, cos we needed some tools. After a full month here, we are all comfy and now shift into a home improvement mode. Things like adding roller shades, adding shelves and even constructing a doorway to keep the heat in our living space.

Doorway DONE

Doorway DONE

And by golly, am I not smart! I designed the doorway without a single screw into the walls. See, I am not sure if we are staying here for more than the 1 year lease arrangement, so I want to have the least patching possible.

Pretty good eh?

22
Jan
17

Journey to the East part 2

Yay we are headed to Niagara! This surely is the highlight of our road trip.

A park map at last.

A park map at last.

A short 6 hours drive from Michigan City, we arrived Niagara just after dark. Sigh… but it was ok, still early enuf for me to go walk around the park… well, but 1st, lets check into the room…¬†¬†3 star Wingate by Wynham group. Great ratings and I thout $76 was a good price, being so close to the falls. Its clean, quiet and has all that we need in the room. Not fabulous, but no complains.

Its just past 8pm when I head out for my walk. Doug’s not joining me… too dark, too cold… too lazy IMO. So its me on my own on this clear evening, about 50’F and a slight wind blowing.

Water coming thru, headed for the falls.

Water coming thru, headed for the falls.

I started by walking in the general direction of the “circle” where the toursit info is. They are closed, of course, and they have no brochures or maps lying around. No problem, I have my little Google maps handy and I am not one to worry about data. Was great to have Google place me on the map and directing me as I walk close to the Niagara state park. … but what Google maps doesnt tell me is where to get the best view of the falls at night. See, the park is lit, but not too brightly, so I kept walking into what look like fenced off walkways. Finally I asked and got directions to view that everyone is wanting to get to. Well, but Google did get me this far.

In Buffalo NY looking over the Niagara falls into Canada.

In Buffalo NY looking over the Niagara falls into Canada.

As it was¬†pretty dark and I have no idea how long the walk¬†across the little islands was going to be, I decided to leave that for tomorrow morning. For¬†tonight, I am just doing the simple walk thru the main attraction site and get my selfies on FB….¬†like most¬†everybody who’s out here tonight is doing too, with their pro-selfie equipment…. I can only get whatever with my arm’s length…

Yes, I made it.

Yes, I made it to the Niagara Falls.

And my trusty ol entry level Nikon DSLR got me the better pictures, without me of course. I think the night lights turn out pretty good, definitely better than my iPhone 5, IMO. No, phones are not a subsitute for quality pictures. Never!

A welcome squirrel for the morning visitors to Niagara state park.

A welcome squirrel for the morning visitors to Niagara state park.

It was a really pleasant Nov evening at Niagara. I stayed out for just about 2hrs, soaking in the sounds and sights. Wasnt interested in the Casino, thought about a nice restaurant dinner, but its too late for that already.

The same rushing water in daylight. So the saying goes, its night and day.

The same rushing water in daylight. So the saying goes, its night and day.

This is a low toursity time, just a few around at the falls and they seem to be a higher proportion of Asians that I have come across for a long time. Of course I am not comparing that to Chinatown in Vancouver where I was recently visited, but on this drive from Seattle and it all the places that we stopped, Niagara Falls feels very international to me.

Maid of the mist doing her rounds.

Maid of the mist doing her rounds.

At breakfast in the hotel dining, the feeling of “international” is with me once again. I have a feeling of being watched, and it seems like the other Asians wondered about me. It was kinda uncomfortable for me in a strange way… hmm…. especially for one that is not travelling with a fellow Asian partner.

Niagara by day is most spectacular.

Niagara by day is most spectacular.

With breakfast out of the way, a rejuvenated Doug will walk 3 miles with me this morning… nope, he wasnt aware thats what I had in mind ūüėČ

Autumn at Niagara state park.

Autumn at Niagara state park.

This time we crossed the bridge to Goat Island where the more spectacular view of Niagara is to be had. And its so true. It is so neccessary to spend a few hours in the evening and another few hours in the morning to fully take in the experience of being at such a grand place.

Another view of Niagara and Toronto

Another view of Niagara and Toronto

I could very well stay another day on this trip… but Doug didnt think it worthwhile to spend another night in the $75 hotel… And I wanted to do some shopping before with arrive in Saratoga Springs, NY… distractions and commitments… so many people come to the Niagara for a day and left without total fulfilment… I felt a bit like that.

Yep, so we both got a few more pieces of appropriate office working attire at Niagara malls. That was some success. Then drove just 2 hours to Rochester for a $62¬†night in Best Western. Its just a place for the night, and the breakfast was okay. Next morning, made contact with several apartment leasing agents in Ballston Spa. We actually got to see 2 apartments before checking into Saratoga Springs Downtowner motel. Well yes, boutique hotel in great downtown location for $68… and we stayed 4 nights before moving into our newly lease apartment.

Sigh… we’ve come to the¬†end of this driving cross country adventure.¬†Time to get serious about making money to play again.

 

 

 

 

 

27
Dec
16

Journey to the East ….

Nice log truck, great weather, beautiful Cascades.

Nice log truck, great weather, beautiful Cascades.

2.5 years ago we decided to lease Fordie, and we proceeded to put 31000miles on her already. Who would have known that it would have been better to buy her outright? I didn’t know that I was going to take up a job in Malta, New York…? Maybe I could ship her, since relocation package would take care of it…. but I thot this might be a good excuse for a road trip!

Okay, so we¬†damned the mileage and are driving Fordie to Malta. ūüôā Altho this isn’t the greatest time to be touristy… its the 1st week of November… some high altitude roads are experiencing wintry conditions, parts of Yellowstone is already closed for the season…¬†Overall, the days are just getting shorter, and who likes getting to a new place in darkness?

Driving east means driving into the day.

Driving east means driving into the day.

2990¬†miles, according to Google maps, is our driving distance if we don’t do any detours. But obviously we are going to stop every night at reasonably good hotels at decent prices, and we may stop at Yellowstone North Entrance visitor center and definitely at Niagara where I booked a 4 star hotel ūüôā Off seasons rates were good. So anyway, I think 3200 miles is more like it.

The best hotel in this trip.

The best hotel in this trip.

Starting just after noon on the 1st day, we made it to Spokane,WA for the night. Our shopping trip at Federal Way delayed us for an hour, but I feel we absolutely need to shop at Daiso, to get my specialty knives and Japanese household knickknacks for our new place in Malta. Fairbridge Inn Express (by Marriot) was a not so fantastic to deserve the $65 that I paid for it. The hot breakfast selection was the best part of it, but nothing else.

Leaving at¬†0645hrs, bound Yellowstone. If we make it before¬†1400hrs, I would like to spend 2 hrs in the visitor center, else I guess its not worth the $25 entrance fee that is good for the whole week… but we were still 40 miles¬†away at 1400hrs, so we decided not to make that 80 miles roundtrip detour and just head straight for our next motel at Billings, MT.

Omaha Iowa city...

Omaha Iowa city…

Was happy to arrive at Motel 6 before dark. After 2 days of long driving and less sleep than we are used too, we were hoping for a nice snooze, but it is not to be. The plumbing was horrible, so we could hear whos been to the toilet in this block. At least the room was relatively clean and the bed was firm. $60. Never again, I hope.

We were so eager to leave, we left 0530hrs. Well, this is going to be our longest distance yet. The most value for money hotel I could find was in Omaha, and nothing in Sioux City or Sioux Falls. So we expect 12hrs of driving, lots of time to talk, enjoy the scenery and sneak in cat naps. We take our turns of course.

Lunch stop on toll road.

Lunch stop on toll road.

We left the Cascades behind, drove¬†thru¬†high desert, down to¬†flat farming¬†lands with lots of corn, some wheat, dairy, sheep … got gas and lunches from huge gas stations. Seeing all this¬†in our personal luxury carriage is great! We get to set our preferred temperature, seat heating on/off, radio on/off, wifi on/off … Life is good…¬†until we were lost in Omaha at 1900hrs … sigh.. it was 2100hrs went we actually laid down. 14 freaking hours of driving between us.

Truck stop comforts have certainly come a long way.

Truck stop comforts have certainly come a long way.

Carlson Inn by the airport was fantastic! For $68! The bed was fabulous, the breakfast was fabulous, we didn’t use the pool, gym or Jacuzzi but they look good too. Most important thing to us, it was quiet. We never heard another guest walk by in the corridor, altho we knew for sure they were there, cos the breakfast was served to a full house of guest. Really loved it… we hung around till 11am… ūüôā

roadtrip

This is Carl’s Junior… but its brand in Chicago is something else… same good burger tho.

Its a short drive today, shouldn’t¬†take more than 6 hours, and since we had such good rest, we were in great spirits.

All these country and cities are new to both of us. Getting to know the new chains of gas stations, supermarkets and fast food is part of the travel entertainment. Like who would have thot that the US have long distance toll roads! And that they have food and gas concessions as well.¬†Feels like travelling on the NS highway from SG to KL, except that its much much much cleaner…. but¬†so sad it doesn’t¬†have those Nasi Lemak¬†packets on the table…

Driving by Chicago!

Driving by Chicago!

Have to settle for Carl’s Junior Mushroom Swiss. Was a good one. Glad we stopped here.

And who drives by Chicago without stopping in for something? Us. There is nothing that attracts us to a city. And we have no intention to visit NYC either. Its us.

I found a decent hotel in Michigan City, ID for the night. After being spoilt by Carlson, Microtel by Windham¬†does not meet our elevated expectations. We¬†cant complain about the $62 for sure, it was way better than¬†Fairbridge and Motel 6. …¬†It was clean, bed was nice, bathroom was great, very quiet…¬†breakfast was ok.

Another day of not rushing. We left 1000hrs, bound Niagara ūüôā

To be continued.

 

25
Dec
16

Boating season ends, New journey awaits

Coming in to be put away for the season.

Coming in to be put away for the season.

We are going on a new adventure, but 1st we have to put away Calliste for the winter and pickle our lives in PT.

We have decided that it will be best for Calliste to be on long term storage at Sea Marine in PT, altho it was not the cheapest place to do so, it was the most convenient and had a good reputation. So here we are, at Point Hudson marina, waiting to be hauled out.

Calliste and dinghy going ashore.

Calliste and dinghy going ashore.

Weather was mostly sucky. From the day of the haulout, it was rainy and windy with few breaks, till the day that Calliste was all tucked away. Everyday we would pack up and unload stuff from the cabin, bring them down a 10ft ladder and load up Fordie to the brim…. and doing this in light rain and mucky ground. Sigh, this is Autumn weather at its worst.

That's Calliste as we left her. All wrapped up.

That’s Calliste as we left her. All wrapped up.

There were many times that we had to wait out the rather heavy downpour till it gets tolerably light. Who likes doing this stuff, much less in weather like this. ūüė¶

Our stuff in boxes, going on a freight delivery. Yeli is going too.

Our stuff in boxes, going on a freight delivery. Yeli is going too.

Oh well, Doug persevered through this unpacking process despite the elements better than I did… I slacked and hid in the cabin or the library ūüôā and was cosy and dry. Who would have thot it took 2 weeks to unpack Calliste? Well, Doug wanted it almost completely cleared of stuff in all the lockers so that he could wipe every inch down with bleach and vinegar. Certainly it was a good time for cleaning and mold abatement, so long as I (who is allergic to bleach) could stay away from grumpy working Doug.

A huge truck showed up for our 10 boxes and a single 12 ft kayak....

A huge truck showed up for our 10 boxes and a single 12 ft kayak….

Then it was packing our stuff from the storage containers and the cabin. Whats coming with us and whats not… We are going away for a good 6 months, and then we’ll be back, so we don’t want it all empty and not livable when we do get back… decisions, decisions, decisions.

But I am certain H/P Yeli should come with us, and the paddles too.

So there is Eleanor in white, the dinghy in silver and the camper project upfront.

So there is Eleanor in white, the dinghy in silver and the camper project upfront.

And finally,¬†there is the thing about putting the Calliste’s¬†dinghy and Eleanor away on the property. Yay, we can now stop paying storage for Eleanor ūüôā , and she is such a beautiful thing in my backyard anyway. We both enjoyed looking out of the kitchen window and seeing her there, basking¬†in the morning glow (no sun, its gloomy everyday).

Closing up the driveway in my usual style...

Closing up the driveway in my usual style…

Reluctantly we leave the cabin for now. We’ll be back in 6 months….

In the meantime, stuff, you are on your own… but I have good neighbors so I feel¬†things will be just as we left. We have gone away many times and always come back to more weeds but never any big problems, so I hope our luck stays.

 

24
Nov
16

Escorting Calliste and Captain home

At the end of season 2016, and as we are preparing for a new life in upstate New York, we made a difficult choice of where to store Calliste for the winter. We depart from our playwaters at Cortes Island mid Sept with storing Calliste at La Conner in mind, which of course influence our route decisions to favor the mainland coast.

Travelling separately in a car and in a boat is complicated of course, well this is how we managed.

15th Sep: Calliste depart 0500hrs to hitch a ride on the south flowing current. Doug will take her 45 miles to¬†Madeira¬†public marina¬†in Pender Harbor, which at 5kns will take 9 long hours. So¬†his ETA is 2pm….¬†Fordie depart on 0750hrs¬†Cortes to Quadra¬†to Campbell River ferry. That’s the earliest ferry, putting us in¬†civilization 0915hrs, but that is not early enuf for the Comox to Powell River ferry. Got to the Comox terminal 1015hrs, just missed the ferry boarding by 15 mins! Drats! Had to wait till¬†1500hrs for the next ferry! By that time, Calliste was already anchored in Pender Harbor. Giving Doug a chance to snooze eh. Good thing I left my SG phone with Doug, so that we have at least SMS comms, so we can kinda track each others progress…. expensive it is, but very necessary.

Bellingham marina visitor dock. Empty for the late season.

Bellingham marina visitor dock. Empty for the late season.

Got to Powell River 1630hrs, then drive down the coast to Saltery Bay for the ferry to Earl’s Cove. Wish I had more time to enjoy the scenery, but nope I am busy checking the road signs and processing the info with my common sense. No Canadian GPS on board Fordie… Anyway, IMO, the Saltery Bay to Earl’s Cove ferry route is the most beautiful ride that I have been on. Sorry Doug missed this ūüôā …. Finally arrived at Madeira 1900hrs, and managed to find a free parking space just outside the marina property. Its pretty dark already, but Doug managed to see me waving on the public dock and came over to pick me up. Happily we spend the night nice and warm on board.

Gibsons Landing marina is business

Gibsons Landing marina is business

16th Sep: Doug put me ashore 0600hrs and went on his way with the same south flowing current, bound Gibsons’ Landing. Its just 30 miles for him, and with the current, I would expect his to make it at 1200hrs… And as for me, its a easy day with no ferry rides, so my drive down is completely free for me to check out the sights. ūüôā Got my¬†leisurely¬†Macdonalds breakfast at some halfway town, then found a rest area by the coastal drive to wait and watch Calliste go by. By my calculations, Calliste should pass about 0930hrs, but she only came by 1015hrs… a sign that currents are unpredictable around this coast.

Fordie got to Gibsons 1100hrs, easily found a free parking street just 2 mins walk from the village center. With lots of time to spare, I happily check out this quaint little village. It is very interesting indeed… with a fair bit of Asian presence… Almost did a take out, but guess I didn’t want to be disappointed with the food… knowing that I usually cook much better than most joints. So I just sat and waited at the public marina wharf, where I was told is perfectly alright for Doug to drive by and pick me up. From 1200hrs, I waited and waited and waited… until I finally spot Calliste at 1400hrs. Why so late? Sigh, strange currents. So that’s always a thing about cruising, shore party just have to wait it out.

My 1st big bao since a long time.

My 1st big bao since a long time.

On board and head out to anchor by Plumper Bay on Keats Island. We needed the south wind protection for the next 2 days, a system was coming thru and small craft advisory was issued. Here we rest for the night and whole of next day. Was quite pleasant really, hardly felt the system going by.

18th Sep: A calmer day to travel, before another bad system rolls thru. 0600hrs, Doug left me ashore before heading out. Its 30 miles to Point Roberts (US customs), then another 10 miles to Blaine where we meet again. I am not expecting him to arrive until 1600hrs at least. Long day for him… lots of time for me to check out Vancouver Chinatown ūüôā

Chinese medical shop like everywhere else. Great supply.

Chinese medical shop like everywhere else. Great supply.

Its another ferry ride for Fordie from Gibsons Landing to Horseshoe Bay, but this one is like a shuttle and frequency is very high. Since its early morning on Sunday, it was only half full. Got to Chinatown 1100hrs, perfect time to enjoy Chinese food in this greatest Chinatown in western Americas continent. Note to self, parking is not free even on Sunday. Paid $3 for 1.25 hrs, which is not much for parking in any large city right? I rather not get a ticket …

I am really quite impressed. Lots of Mandarin, Cantonese conversation going on around me, smells like Chinatown anywhere too… not a pleasant smell to most, but its strangely pleasant to me for now. Too much of it is revolting :p . And I hear so much about Dim Sum here in Vancouver, but its not so fun eating all that food by myself, so I contend myself with this gigantic pork bao…. was a good one, but not comparable to my usual in SG… see, disappointed already… better to see, feel and soak in the atmosphere, but not to buy, touch or taste.

The best Asian deli outside of Asia... so far the best I have seen.

The best Asian deli outside of Asia… so far the best I have seen.

Did a long gander down the main alley¬†to the other end of¬†this large Chinatown, where I found this large Asian supermarket. Check it out, a good Asian deli selection awaits me ūüôā …¬† Bought lunch for myself, frozen “little dragon buns” and frozen siewmais to share with Doug tonight. ūüôā Fingers crossed that it will taste authentic.

1400hrs, very long queue at US customs, feels as bad as driving to JB. 1600hrs at Blaine Marina. Doug didn’t make it until 1800hrs. Was 1900hrs by the time we were anchored in Drayton Harbor for the night. Yes, the Dim Sum was a nice treat for both of us. Impressed.

Calliste coming thru.

Calliste coming thru.

19th Sep: We decided to send me out to get groceries and 10 Gals diesel. It is nice to have Fordie around to run these errands with, so that we didn’t have to pay high marina neighborhood prices on anything. So there are some pluses for travelling with boat and car alongside. We stayed another night in Drayton Harbor as the 2nd system pass by.

20th Sep: 1000hrs, short day for Calliste. Only 25 miles to Bellingham, so ETA is 1500hrs right? Well, we know better already.

Fordie and Lang arrive at Bellingham Marina 1100hrs. Lots of time to check out this city and very large marina with a lot going on everywhere. Dock walks, food alley walks, marine business walks… all walked out by the time Calliste come into sight. 1630hrs is time Doug pick me up from the visitor dock. 1800hrs is when we anchored out in the opposite bay for the night.

Calliste going under the bridge that Fordie went over.

Calliste going under the bridge that Fordie went over.

21th Sep: 0700hrs, up anchor and headed back to the marina. 0830hrs, Lang ashore, Doug and Calliste heading out. We are bound Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island. Doug will have lots of current going with him on this 35 miles day. Fordie and Lang crossed the bridge over waterway leading to La Conner 1100hrs and decided to wait around for Calliste and Doug to go by. Right on time at 1205hrs is when boat party arrive ūüôā Snap

1400hrs, Fordie got us to Oak Harbor. Hang out at the visitor dock until Calliste got here 1800hrs, then we headed out to anchor for the night. Its kinda shallow everywhere in the bay, not much protection from the south, but weather is not bad for tonight.

22th Sep: We decided to make the big jump in okay conditions to Port Hadlock. 50 miles and going against the flow most of the day, will make it 12hrs trip. We decided to do this trip together on Calliste, leaving Fordie in the safety of Oak Harbor marina parking lot for the night. Depart 0700hrs and hoping we be anchored by 1900hrs. Wasn’t a really beautiful trip… overcast and boring. 1630hrs, Doug made the call to take the canal short cut to Port Hadlock despite the 3kns current against us. Was a good move, cause it was a short 10 mins at 2 kns going thru, putting us at Port Hadlock anchored by¬†1800hrs. ¬†Yay! We are home! Made it before the really bad southerly weather hits.

23th Sep: 0800hrs, seems calm enuf to put me ashore at Port Hadlock public dock, but we were quite wrong. Was iffy just letting me off, waves slapping the dock drama… but we did surprisingly well in those conditions… old salts us eh? Doug and Calliste back to anchor, Lang head to Oak Harbor on bus – ferry – bus.

1000hrs ferry from Port Townsend, watching the really bad sea state. Heard afterwards that the next ferry was cancelled and few boats got washed ashore. Phew! I got to Oak Harbor and Calliste was safe in the Hadlock anchorage.

1¬†600hrs, Fordie and Lang back at cabin. Property seems ok, no fallen trees and no flooding. … no keys, Lang has to camp in Fordie tonight? Headed out to Port Hadlock with no way to call Doug on Calliste… fortunately weather calmed down a lot… hoping to find someone with dinghy to send a message… so old fashion, but it worked! Kind soul on paddleboat delivered my SOS to Doug. 1900hrs, we are anchored again…. Lang didn’t have to spend a single¬†cold night in Fordie throughout the journey, that’s an achievement me thinks.




Sailing 2015: Port Townsend(WA, US) -> Costes Island (BC, Canada)

Sailing 2013: Singapore -> Okinawa -> Kobe

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