Biking Around Anacortes

A beautiful spring day in Anacortes.  Time to dust off the bike and do some exploring.  We had head about the Tommy Thompson trail (https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/tommy-thompson-trail), and have seen where it crosses Fidalgo Bay while driving into town.  Today I decided to go find it.

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I rode in from Skline on SR 20… not many options here, and the shouldder is pretty decent.  I went to see if the local bike shop was open (it wasn’t) and then across to “R” Avenue.  The trail is a paved, multi-use path that runs beside it.  It winds through the boat yards on the way out of town and then out and across the bay.

I rode a little way towards March point.  This is a photo looking back across the Bay to Anacortes.  On the right is a trailer park owned by the refinery for recreational use by employees.

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This is looking back at the trestle across the bay.

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Finally, a shot from the trestle looking north up the Bay towards Anacortes and Cap Sante Marina.

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Our Land Base

The dock that Miss Miranda lives at is accompanied by a one bedroom condo. This is our land base for the foreseeable future. Miranda will have a place while we are away, and this will be a touchdown spot for us in between voyages.

For the past 3 years we’ve rented it out and not set foot in it. When we reentered in December, it was obvious it needed a LOT of work. It’s 40 years old and not much had been done in all those years. Remember 1970s avocado green and orange? We first decided to do the kitchen, paint and refloor and replace all the appliances. Along the way we decided might as well do the whole thing – a bathroom refresh is still in the works.

The old condo – you can’t see the 1970s orange flowered floor tiles in the kitchen!

Of course, as all remodels do, it’s taken twice as long as planned. To be fair, that’s partly because all the snow delayed the delivery of the kitchen cabinets by two weeks.

Yesterday, all the protective covering was removed and the new condo revealed!

Now we can clean the dust off and the movers will pull up with our stuff from storage on Monday morning. I am having a bit of a panic that we haven’t downsized our stuff enough! I’ve also realized that after nearly 2 months on the boat, there is not much I have missed from our stuff.

I can’t wait to enjoy the view through our newly revealed windows while sitting on the couch enjoying a cocktail.

Miss Miranda is right outside the window on the left.

Deception Pass

February was a snowy and frigid month, but we did have a weekend that was good for getting outside. We decided to get our boat chores done one Saturday morning and then explore Deception Pass State Park. We have passed under the Deception Pass bridge which connects the Straight of Juan de Fuca to Skagit Bay many times, but had never seen it by land.

Going through by boat can be hairy if you don’t time the currents right. When the tide is coming in or going out the currents can get up to several knots. It’s a tight passage with lots of rocks and lots of boats wanting to go in both directions, so we always time it for slack current to make it a non-event.

On Saturday we came by car, and walked over the bridge. This turned out to be much scarier than I expected! I wanted to take a picture looking directly down from the bridge, but my stomach wouldn’t allow me to. So here is a shot from the bridge looking out and Larry pointing down. Neither of us could actually look down.

Looking back toward Saratoga Passage
Looking out to the Straight of Juan de Fuca

It’s a long way down!

The to-do list

We have a bunch of things on our to-do list, between the renovations on the condo, getting the boat ready to go into the yard and getting ready to cruise to Alaska and beyond. We had our post-it notes with the tasks on flip chart paper before we moved out of the house, but we’ve improvised on the boat, using the aft salon window. We’ve grown addicted to the satisfaction of crossing off a task, and sometimes we (OK, I) get upset when we do something useful that is NOT on a sticky…

Captain’s License Course

Module_1 I am working on my Captain’s License, using an online system that was recommended by a fellow SYC member – https://www.marinerslearningsystem.com/

I got the “Captain in a Box” course, which contains a full set of printed course materials in addition to online access via their portal.  It’s very easy to use, and the self-paced learning fits my style.  I like having the option of using the portal online or the books for offline reference.  I just finished the first module, and as a result got this sticker.  Not really sure what I am supposed to do with it…. so might as well display it proudly here 🙂

My goal is to take the test in May.

Winter in Anacortes

We’ve finally made the move from Seattle up to Anacortes, where we own, but have rented out for the past couple of years, a condo in Skyline.  The condo is having some remodeling done, so we’ve been living on the boat for the past couple of weeks.  We were greeted with plenty of snow and cold weather, as you can see here.

We survived the winter weather surprisingly well. The boat stays plenty warm, though we are giving the diesel heater a big workout.  The biggest issue has been water (getting a bit low) and holding tank (getting a bit high).  The local pumpout guy made it over after the worst of the snow, and as soon as it warmed up, we will fill up the water tanks.

Here’s the view out of the port side of the pilothouse.

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And one looking back up towards the condo.  Our unit is just to the left, out of this photo.

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This was the view looking south from the Skyline Marina entrance the day after the storms.

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