Monday, July 14, 2008

Escape to Sucia

We have been having a big metaphysical discussion whether Blaine is a better jumping off point for Sailing than Bellingham. I say this is metaphysical, because there is no real answer. Mostly we are just trying to convince ourselves that maybe Blaine ain't so bad after all. To test out this theory we decided for just Kathy and me to head out for the weekend.

For the first trick, we decide to leave Friday so that we would have two nights there. For some silly reason, the wind decided to blow quite a bit on Wednesday and Thursday, so the South Straits of Georgia were extremely lumpy. My big plan was to sail over to Patos and see if any of the mooring buoys were available. So as we set out, the wind decided that it needed to be directly between us and Patos, and as an added bonus we had some nice big waves. Now, Bruno does not particularly like lumpy water, and, in fact, he makes this known by getting violently seasick. So much, that he literally foamed at the mouth for the entire ride over. This happened even though we bailed on going to Patos. Since the wind was out of the west, Patos would have been an extra crappy anchorage. So, we headed back to Sucia again. This time the bay was nice and smooth with none of the lumpiness from the previous week.

Since we were there a couple of days, we decided to a couple of big hikes around the Island.

View into Fossil Bay across Mud Bay

The South Side of Sucia

At some secret spot on the Island, we found tons of beach glass. I think we will start a dedicated jar just for Sucia Island glass.

Mount Baker Finally Showing Herself

Fortunately, the ride back was not as lumpy and we were extra, extra rested and relaxed. That night after we got back to Blaine, we were so much into vacation mode that we stayed the night on the boat and went to White Rock for dinner. A highly recommended weekend.

More Photos Here:

2008_06_14- Sucia wGlass

Friday, July 04, 2008

Fourth of July

Over the last several years it seems like we have always gone to a big 4th of July fireworks celebration somewhere. Since the 4th was on a Friday and we had a big three day weekend, we decided to go off for a little cruise. In addition, our friend Rick's birthday was on the 3rd so we decided to have a combo 4th celebration and birthday festival. Wayne and Trudy of Mahalo also joined us on the raft-up.

Munchin' on the South Shore - Rick you got cut out!

We ended up leaving early Friday morning and arrived in Sucia around 2pm. For a 4th of July there were hardly any boats in the harbor. Heck, there were even a couple of mooring balls opened up. A couple of hours later Mahalo showed up and we had a nice raft up with some extra yummy food.

That night we were able to watch the fireworks for Blaine, Point Roberts and Bellingham. We could also hear Orcas fireworks, but could not see them. Kind of cool to see all of the flashes on the western shores of Washington. The next day we went for a big hike and searched for more beach glass. Still not tellin' where the glass is.

On Sunday we had a great sail back to Bellingham (not Blaine!) and moored out a friend's slip. Hopefully we can be in Bellingham for the next several weeks. Did I mention, that Blaine is a paint in the arse?

Rick at the Helm

Mahalo Under Full Sail

In what I detect as a potential trend, there are more photos here:

2008_07_05 - Sucia-RickBday