We have been slip bound for the past 4 days getting some service work done to correct a couple of minor problems on the new "Willie's Tug". While down, we continued to make our nest, finding a place for the necessities of life while living abound a 27 foot boat.
This afternoon, we plotted a course around Guemes Island. Guemes Island is across the Guemes Channel from our slip at Cap Sante in Anacortes.
There was quite a bit of traffic as we left the marina and entered the channel. A tanker anchored and a Tug with a tow. We never see this on the Intercoastal Waterway in Texas. It is a bit unnerving to see a barge following a tug. As you can see from the picture, the tug is on the left side of the picture and the barge is on the right side. Notice the cables attaching the two.
We head West in the Guemes Channel and then turn North to follow the Bellingham Channel along the West side of Guemes. We turn back East going around Clark's Point on the North end of the Island. Then Southerly following the East side of Guemes going between Saddleback and Huckleberry Islands back to our starting point. A total of about 19 NM.
We back into our slip, although it does take me two tries. I guess I was a little cocky from the first two perfect landings. But we slide in the second time and at least we did not hit anyone or anything. As we used to say in my airplane driving days...any landing you can walk away from is a good one.
Walldog, Willie and Jake