Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Dose of Vitamin D

For those of you living in Western Washington and other parts of the world where the sun doesn't shine for months at time... You can click on the link below to view the sun shining in Half Moon Bay, CA.  Ok, so maybe you won't always see sunshine on the webcam, but if you do, please feel free to donate $20 for vitamin D therapy to our boat fund.  Thank you in advance.

Half Moon Bay webcam

Our boat is anchored in the lower webcam picture.

Sunset from the bow of Ohana anchored at Pillar Point.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

So here we sit...

So here we sit, on the deck of our great cruising sailboat ‘Ohana, watching pelicans dive into the water like torpedoes being dropped from a bomber. As we sit, we hear the faint sound of waves crashing gently on the nearby beach.  As we sit, we watch as the sun slowly dips down below the horizon, changing the colors of the sky.  As we sit, we hear rushing water beside us as two dolphins swim by within the protected harbor.
As we sit, we think to ourselves quietly, what a beautiful place and question why people race through here and leave so quickly, onto the next best thing.  Half Moon Bay, California is a beautiful place, a quiet town settled along golden sand beaches, too many to list by name.  We love the low-key vibe and the less stress of the big city of San Francisco, which is only 25 minutes away. For now we have found our paradise and in meantime will enjoy everything that this beautiful place has to offer.

Friday, September 27, 2013

America's Cup 2013

We decided to take the girls on a "field trip" to downtown San Francisco to watch the America's Cup action.  It was the finals between Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA.  Team USA was down 8-1.  They would need to win eight races in a row to take the Cup.  New Zealand had only one race to win to bring the cup home to the Kiwis.

I honestly didn't know much about America's Cup till this year.  I only paid attention because I was worried about being run over by one of the massive catamarans as we sailed into the bay.  These things make Ohana look like a sailing dinghy and can go over 4 times as fast as we can. 

What a day!  We arrived at the pier and watched as the teams boarded their respective vessels tied up to mooring buoys right in front of us.  For some reason everyone was cheering for Team New Zealand... The boats were amazing to look at.  Their beam is wider than the overall length of Ohana!  Their masts towered above us at 131 ft.  We could tell why it was necessary to have a crew of 11 on board. 

We found the City of San Francisco to be the perfect place to watch the races.  One could watch them on a boat, along the waterfront, or at the America's Cup Park.  At the park, we found an area that had a fake grass lawn with bean bag chairs and a GIANT TV.  We went with the latter option.  We figured it would be best to see the entire course and commentary on TV, lounging on a bean bag, basking in the sun.

That day, we watched Oracle snatch the win from the Kiwis.  It was such a rush to watch them speed through the course at 35-40 knots.  I was an instant fan.  The second race of the day was cancelled due to too much wind - Coast Guard regulations prevent them from sailing in over 20 knots of wind.  Bummer.  We were hooked and came back the next day to watch them win again.  Oh, the joy of being an unemployed, homeschooling family - we can actually be spontaneous!
We continued to watch Team USA's progress online through the weekend.  They seemed to be making a huge comeback.  They managed to catch up to New Zealand and before we knew it, they were tied at 8-8.  Of course, we had to watch them win in person.  We found ourselves once again, sprawled in front of the giant TV watching the final race at America's Cup Park.  This time, rather than being surrounded by Kiwis, there were American flags everywhere.  Oracle Team USA blew away Team New Zealand in the final race to keep the Cup in the states!  We stayed and watched the Cup presentation and hi-fived the team.  Katelyn was in awe the entire time. What a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch the most amazing comeback in sport's history unfold in front of our eyes.  Never give up! 


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Settling in

As you may have noticed, we have not moved since landing in Half Moon Bay.  We have decided to spend some time here.  This is phase II of our plan.  The fact of the matter is, we need money.  Outfitting a boat is quite expensive...  So, Jake is looking for a job in the area so that we can stock the cruising kitty before moving on.  We want to make sure we are financially comfortable to be able to cruise for about 2 years before finding work again.

We have chosen Half Moon Bay as our temporary home base for many reasons;
  • We can anchor for free
  • There are beautiful beaches within walking distance
  • We are only 30 minutes from the big city of San Francisco, but in a nice small community
  • Free showers at the marina
  • This area is a perfect surfing training ground
  • There is a nearby Taco Bell right on the beach
  • Did I mention beaches, beaches, everywhere?
Our new backyard.  SV Ohana is anchored in the distance.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Newport, OR to Half Moon Bay, CA

So here is the much anticipated summary of our trip down the coast from Port Angeles, WA to Half Moon Bay, CA.  Please forgive me for taking so long to post, I was building the suspense...

Our last post was leaving Newport, OR... A few things happened while in Newport.  First off, we had a crew member give us a piece of advice early on in the trip - if you head into port, you risk losing crew.  That same crew member up and left us one morning without warning.  Thanks a lot Andy.  At least we had more room and food. 

We met some great people at the marina.  CB and Tawn from s/v Palarran invited us and some other boaters over to their boat for some fresh caught tuna.  We had a great time visiting and talking about our hopes, dreams, and fears of sailing down the coast.  It was nice to know there were others sharing the same feelings and doing what we were doing.  We also found the "Joose" at the marina store.  The Joose would be a source of many future laughs.

Newport is apparently known for being a "friendly" town.  We found that to be very true.  Everyone at the marina and restaurants were very nice and accommodating.  The marina facilities were very well kept and it was within walking distance to the Rogue Brewery which was a bonus.  Also, the bathrooms off the main office have free showers.  I think they are meant for the RVers, but we had no problem looking over their shoulder as they punched in the door code.  Free showers are like gold to boaters. 

After exploring the town for three days, we were definitely ready to move on to the next leg of our adventure.  We were also getting very anxious to get back to the kids.  At this point, Jake's parents had decided to take them to Arizona as staying in a hotel until we made it to the bay area would be very costly.  That was plan B which meant that we would also get to take a trip to Arizona after the boat was safe and sound in Half Moon Bay, CA.  Not our favorite vacation destination in August, but we were overdue for a family visit.

We left Newport on a Wednesday morning.  Our crew was now Erlin and Zia.  The winds were still predicted to be 15-20 knots from the northwest.  This was fine with us as we were excited to sail and not use the engine.  We wanted to conserve our fuel so that we wouldn't have to stop again.  We had a great day of sailing, then the wind died at midnight and we fired up the iron genny.  As we were sailing through the fog that day, Zia spotted another sailboat behind us.  The boat hailed us on the VHF and introduced themselves - s/v Calypso.  They had left Newport about an hour behind us and were headed to San Fran.  They had run into s/v Palarran as well and shared some laughs about the Joose.  We also had some boating friends in common.  It's crazy how we were developing instant bonds with complete strangers in the middle of the ocean.  They passed us up and we ended up running into them again the next day, this time we were in the lead (not that we were racing).

We ended up motoring all day on Thursday.  At this point, we were again concerned about our fuel.  We have a 35 gallon fuel tank and had another 30 gallons on deck.  This should have been enough, but we also knew that there was light to no wind up ahead.  Zia was also getting concerned about not making it in time to get back to work on Monday.  I told her to call in seasick... We decided at this point to make a run for Crescent City in the morning.  This was the most logical stopping point with no bar crossing to deal with.  We pulled into Crescent City Friday morning and guess who was at the dock?  S/v Calypso!  We got to put some faces to the voices on the radio. 

We grabbed breakfast in Crescent City, showered, fueled up, and sent Zia off to the airport.  We had no desire to stay.  The marina is under construction from the Tsunami damage in 2011.  Somehow the sound of heavy construction equipment just wasn't relaxing.  We took a quick nap and pulled out at 5pm. 

We had an amazing sail out of Crescent City.  There was just enough wind for a nice sail at 4 knots.  The seas were like glass and the sun was setting.  We saw 3 humpback whales right in front of us!  They were about 100 feet from the boat.  Jake thought they were too close for comfort, I was in awe...

Zia and I had been sharing the night watch from 8pm-midnight.  This was my first watch alone.  As soon as the sun set, the fog rolled in and visibility was terrible.  I was not having a good time.  Then I heard a splashing sound in the water.  I looked over the edge of the boat and saw the phosphorescent glow.  There were streaks and lines everywhere from dolphins!  They were zooming from the stern to the bow, jumping, then coming back for more.  They kept me company for the next hour and before I knew it, my watch was over. 

The next couple of days were calm and amazing.  The seas were like glass, there was no wind.  I could tell that we were entering warmer climates.  We approached Point Reyes at about 1am.  Luckily, there was very little traffic coming in and out of the bay.  We continued on without incident and landed in Half Moon Bay at 7am and tied up to a mooring ball.   We celebrated with a toast of Joose and crashed. 

Reflecting back on the trip, I feel that we were very blessed.  The weather was great for the most part and when it wasn't, we were in a good spot to wait it out.  The boat performed flawlessly.  The seas were nothing that we couldn't handle.  Just when I thought I had enough, the whales and dolphins made it exciting again.  We thank everyone that sent prayers our way and thank God for bringing us safely to our girls.

I have many, many more pictures and videos to post from the trip.  Stay tuned...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

We made it!!!!

We arrived at Half Moon Bay Monday morning.  To sum it up briefly, we had a great trip, nothing broke, and the weather and seas were better than we anticipated.  We met some great people and saw some amazing things along the way - whales, dolphins, etc.  Right now our priority is getting back to the girls.  They are with grandparents in Arizona.  I have a lot of pics and videos to share.  Stay tuned...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

On our way south....again

We are "stuck" in Newport, OR waiting out 40 knot winds and 15' seas building just south of us offshore.  Newport has been a great place to stop and hang out.  The sun is shining, the sea lions are barking, and we are meeting new friends everyday. The plan is to head out Wednesday, around 0730am, and go out 10-20nm offshore.  The winds seem to be less severe closer in this time.  If the weather pattern holds true and NOAA has their act together, we should have a great push down south with 15-25 knots of northerly winds.

The overall goal is to make Half Moon Bay, CA by the end of the weekend.  Upon arrival, we will kiss the ground and play on the beach.  A day relaxing in SF watching the America's Cup boats race back and forth on the bay would be a sight to remember as well.

So out to sea we go, Half Moon Bay here we come!!!

Half Moon Bay, CA beaches!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Making Progress...

Day one: We motored through the strait of Juan de Fuca from Neah Bay in fog, light wind, and calm seas.  We saw a humpback whale within 2 hours of leaving.  Pretty cool!  We had heard horror stories of how wicked the strait can be.  We didn't have any problems at all.  It was unbelievably calm. 

Day two:  We continued down the coast and headed to longitude 125 which put us about 30 miles offshore.  The wind picked up in the morning and we raised the sails.  We flew all day with an average speed of 6 knots.  It got a bit rough because we were beating into the wind.  Dylan and I got to feed the sea life over the rails.  I took some meds and was fine by the afternoon.  Dylan came around the next day and was just fine. 


Day three:  No wind.  We continued to motor southbound.  We made a group decision to go into Newport for fuel and showers (thank goodness).  We arrived at the entrance to Newport at 0200.  Just in time for zero visibility with fog, fishing boats coming out of the river, and max ebb.  We were able to make our way using radar and GPS.  I love technology!  I don't think we would attempt that again though...

Day four:  We are holed up at the Port of Newport marina waiting for a good weather window to leave again.  There is a gale south of us that we would like to avoid.  Right now it looks like we might take off some time on Tuesday.  The crew is having a great time back on land.  Spirits are great and everyone is getting along great.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

And we're off!

We motored out of Port Angeles at 7:30 this morning.  We are officially loaded down.  We raised the waterline when we did our last bottom job.  Apparently it wasn't enough... We'll get lighter as we eat our provisions and use some fuel and water.  Anybody not behaving will be thrown overboard, that should help as well.

The weather looks calm with light winds.  Looks like we'll be motoring out of the Strait of Juan De Fuca.  The winds offshore are expected to shift coming from the north on Saturday.  That's just what we'll be looking for to push us down the coast.

Our crew on board for the journey: Andy Schwenk (owner of NW Rigging), his 12yo son Dylan, Erlin, and Zia.  We have a great group with us and I'm looking forward to some good times at sea!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Emotional Roller Coaster

We had a great time at the cruiser's party Friday night.  I'm glad these parties only happen once a year.  We met up with some good old friends and made some new ones.  What happens in the dock, stays on the dock...

Jake's parents arrived on Saturday.  The girls have been talking about this moment for weeks.  They were very excited for their road trip filled with hotel swimming pools, bathtubs, an actual tv, and a trip to the zoo.  What more could a kid ask for?  Reality hit for me on Sunday.  The kids were ripped from my arms, loaded into a car, and sped out of the parking lot with GranDad at the wheel.  Ok, it wasn't quite that dramatic... 

Everything hit me on Sunday.  It all started with a line cutting ceremony for S/V Unleashed (another CoHo HoHo boat) in the morning.  They were getting ready to untie and head to San Fran.  They did the whole ceremony and toasted to the sea and wind Gods.  During the ceremony I was overcome with emotion and suddenly realized that we would be leaving soon.  I realized that this was something we had been planning for the last 3 years and it was really happening.  Holy crap!  
I had to take a walk and attempt to put a plug in the emotional volcano that was ready to spew all over the place.

Next on the agenda - say goodbye to the girls.  If only I had a "that was easy" button.  Instead, I bawled my eyes out and held on to my baby girls for as long as I could.  I know they are having a blast and enjoying being spoiled by grandparents.  It will feel amazing to he reunited as a family in San Francisco.  See you soon girls!  Love you xoxo!!!

We are currently anchored in Port Townsend.   The plan was to sail to Port Angeles this morning.  Change of plans... Our cap on top of our winch for the jib sheets has decided to crumble and fall apart in all of its plastic glory.  We left this morning in search of a new one.  It had to be ordered and delivered via truck from Fisheries in Seattle.  Problem solved, not a big deal, but we missed the favorable tide and will have to leave tomorrow.

Tomorrow, we will be picking up crew in PA.  Then off we go bright and early Thursday morning!  Weather looks great!  The excitement is killing me!


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Goodbye Anacortes!

The day has finally come to untie from the dock and move on to the big adventure.  We left Skyline Marina for the last time enroute to Poulsbo for the Northwest Cruisers Party.  We will also be meeting up with some good friends, crew, and other CoHo HoHo boats.  Jake's parents arrive on Saturday to pick up the kids for a fun filled road trip down to the bay area.

We left Anacortes and sailed for 12.5 hours to Poulsbo.  We had another good taste of sailing in the Puget Sound - sails up, sails down, motor on, motor off, wind, no wind, currents, and sloppy seas.  Good times!  All in all, we had a great time.  Zachia was a true sport and jumped right in to handle the sails and help out - when she wasn't busy playing I Spy with Hannah for the 25th time.

We plan on having some relaxing down time here for the weekend.  Then take off Monday for Port Townsend overnight, then Port Angeles, then offshore!

Many thanks to all...

Dreams and goals are accomplished through hard work, dedication, sacrifice, and money. To accomplish anything of significant magnitude, all of these forces come together and the outcome will be positive. Danielle and I are very thankful for all of the people that have supported our dreams and goals and forever are in debt to their kindness.

To the nights in the Virgin Islands discussing priorities in life and what is important, to the jobs that provided the funds to save and support, to the many strangers, characters, and friends we met on the water and docks, to the countless giving of support by people (to many to name), to the words of wisdom by those who live by the sea, to those who have pushed us and brought us up from frustration and defeat, to those whose opinions are negative of our dreams and goals (you gave us strength to not become you), to all family, friends, and God. Thank you for everything, if it wasn't for you or these occurrences in our lives we may have not succeeded...

Life is made by the choices we make, don't dream your life, live your dreams....

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

It's getting interesting...

I'm laying awake pondering life... I wonder how many couples woke up one day, said let's sell the house, buy a boat, dump thousands of dollars into the boat, then quit our jobs and sail off into the sunset with 2 children and a cat?  And I'm also wondering, how many of these couples (if there are any) have said this and are still married?

While out shopping for provisions today, Jake was left alone on the boat for 8 hours.  I'm not quite sure what he accomplished other than making my life inconvenient.  I am laying in a bed with 3 spare sails.  These are the same sails that have been stored under our bed (the v-berth) for years.  Can you say mildew?  I can taste it in my mouth and I think I'm getting a rash.  He is sound asleep, not laying next to the sail bags.  Why are said sail bags in your bed, you may be asking.  Well, because on Thursday 8/15 they need to be stored in our bed as we head offshore for easy access.  And because our bed will be used for storage because we will NOT be sleeping in it during the passage.  So why on Monday 8/5 do I have sail bags in my freaking bed?????  There will be some changes made first thing in the morning.  Stay tuned to find out if a sail bag can be converted into a body bag.  Just kidding of course...

We picked up my best friend Zachia from the airport on Saturday.  Little did she know what she was getting into.  She actually thought she was on vacation.  We played tourist in downtown Seattle for the last time on Saturday, I even took her to the Anacortes Art Festival on Sunday.  Then, Sunday night I made her sew our spray curtains and today I drug her along while running errands.  We made 13 different stops in 7 hours.  One stop was to Costco for provisioning.  When we got back to the boat around 9pm.  I thinks she thought she could relax at that point and watch a movie with the kids.  Nope.  I made her help me unload everything and organize it.  I made sure she knew where everything was at just in case I am hurling over the side of the boat for days on end, she will be able to find the Doritos to make the crew happy.  All joking aside, she is an awesome friend and there is no one else I would rather have with me right now.  As a matter of fact, I might end up bunking with her tonight...

I am pretty excited about our provisioning.  I actually made a menu and a list and everything (not my style at all).  We have a good variety of quick easy foods and snacks that I'm sure everyone that is not hurling will enjoy.  To top it all off, I actually found space for everything on the boat and I still have room leftover!  I guess that means we need more chocolate and wine.

The cockpit after the Costco run

Storage under the dinette seat.  Sorry Luna, no cat treats.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Final projects underway

The world is spinning and time continues to fly by. We are officially less than one week from leaving     for our offshore passage. Many projects are being completed at once with no room for putting it off the next day. Some of the projects have included having a diver clean the bottom and check out our prop (thanks NW Diving!), install new blocks on boom, clean/grease winches, check engine fluids, set GPS waypoints on chart plotters, and to clean/offload items from the boat and storage..... and this was completed in just a few days!!

We are keeping things under control (for now) and plan on leaving Anacortes, WA on August 08. From there we will meet up with the Coho Ho Ho group in Poulsbo, WA for a party and dock line cutting ceremony. After things calm down from the events we will head out to Port Angeles, WA and watch weather for our jump into the Pacific Ocean.  Destination San Francisco, CA here we come!!!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Journey on the Sea....

by Shane Norman

What's wrong with me that I break the chains

That are binding to the land

Is it a dream or is it real

They will never understand

I want no house, No picket fence

Nor shed by the tree

I dream a life of wanderer's lust

A journey on the sea

I curse the days when Im stuck ashore

Will this trial ever end

I have a need for something more

The seas my lonely friend

I have no need of riches true

For I live upon the waves

From seas of green and brightest blue

No more bonds of Urban slaves

The Fish they dart,the Birds soar high

And still I want to roam

Although I never really know

What lies beyond the foam

I see the sun to greet the day

A molten glow to love

And then in turn to say goodnight

With a blanket of stars above

I sleep in mother seas embrace

A guiding hand she'll be

To send my sleep a drifting

Towards my journey on the sea...

Monday, July 29, 2013

Stuart Island

We left Tuesday night after work and made our way to James Island for the night.  As we rounded the corner to pick up our mooring buoy, I looked back and caught a glimpse of the super moon behind us.  It was pretty amazing.  Of course, once we were tied up, the island blocked our view of the moon.  Bummer, no pictures. 

We woke up in the morning to a blanket of fog.  We took the dinghy to the beach for a hike and couldn't even see our boat less than 100 yards away.  Did we wait for the fog to clear to continue our journey to Stuart Island?  Of course not!  We thought this would be a great opportunity to test our radar and navigating with a blindfold on skills.  It was quite eerie as we pulled into Thatcher's Pass.  I should say, Jake pulled into Thatcher's Pass.  I was so turned around, I probably would have motored back to Skyline.  We had to dodge fishing boats as we passed through the area.  Then we saw the ferry coming on our AIS.  We waited and waited.  It was coming from behind.  We could hear their fog horn for quite some time before we actually saw the massive ferry bearing down on us.  Luckily, we had plenty of sea room and he passed us without incident.  As we approached the Spencer Spit area on the north side of Lopez Island, the veil of fog magically disappeared.  What a relief.  That would have been a nail biting trip had the fog continued all the way to Stuart Island.

We arrived Stuart around 3 pm and dropped the anchor in the middle of Reid Harbor.  We were impressed by the calm, beauty that surrounded us.  There is nothing like pulling into an anchorage, shutting off the engine and hearing nothing but birds singing.  There were about 20 boats in the bay, but plenty of room for everyone.  Somehow we have always managed to bypass Stuart Island as we traveled through the San Juan and Gulf Islands.  I'm glad we finally stopped.

I had read in a guidebook that there was a trail that took you to the island schoolhouse and continued to Turn Point Lighthouse.  Luckily we set aside an entire day for this 6 MILE journey.  FYI, Sperry water shoes are not appropriate hiking apparel.  I have the blisters to prove it.  The hike was great though.  The school grounds had a small museum, library, and main school building.  They also had soccer fields and a basketball court for the kids to run around on.  Last year they actually had 2 students that attended the school.  One would have to be pretty adventurous to live on the island full time with no grocery store or ferry service.  Next to the school there was a "market" set up with t-shirts, bags, and post cards for purchase on the honor system. 

We continued another mile up and down the county road to the Turn Point Lighthouse.  We stopped for a light picnic.  It was apparent that someone (me) probably should have packed more food.  We had worked up quite the appetite at that point and had another 3 mile journey back to the boat.  What an amazing view from the lighthouse area!  It is a great whale watching spot.  Unfortunately, we did not spot any...

We stayed at Stuart for 2 nights then decided we were ready for civilization again.  On Friday, we headed to Friday Harbor for the night.  We figured this would probably be our last visit to our favorite island and town.  We headed home on Saturday and it was back to work for me on Sunday.  Three more days of work, then FREEDOM! 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

15 days and counting!!!

Time is flying by, only 15 days until we untie from the dock.  We are in full project mode and completing final touches on last minute items.  We are also getting all of our "home items" ready for the move (clean out storage, organize, and ship out items to be stored).

It seems time moves faster during busy times like these, before we know it we will be on the Pacific Ocean heading south. As for this week, working on the boat and some sailing to test systems like the newly installed autopilot.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

4th of July

It is rare that Jake and I are able to spend holidays together as a family.  One of us is usually working.  This year we actually had the 4th off together.  We typically don't like to follow the herd of boaters leaving the marina for a holiday weekend, but this year was different.  We were all pretty excited to be out in the beautiful weather and watch fireworks from the boat. 

We left around 8pm on Tuesday the 2nd and headed for James Island.  It was awesome sailing (motoring) into the sunset.  We had the island to ourselves.  We tied up to a mooring buoy, ate a late dinner while listening to the birds on the island, and crashed for the night.  In the morning, we enjoyed a nice hike and took off for Friday Harbor.

We arrived in Friday Harbor around 1pm on the 3rd and had plenty of room to anchor.  We set the hook using our windlass and new Rocna anchor for the first time. Yay!  We had lunch on the boat and headed for town for ice cream and some shop exploring.  The kids had money burning a hole in their pockets.  Later that night we sat on the boat enjoying a tasty beverage and watched the charter boats attempt to anchor.  It was quite a show.  We also had a front row seat to watch the Coast Guard pull over anything moving coming in and out of the harbor for safety inspections.  This instigated a stop at West Marine the next day for flares.  We had expired ones on board and our new flares in my car at the marina... I guess if the Deception Pass bridge ever collapsed and my car took the plunge into the ever so friendly waters below, I could set off flares for my rescue.  If I were still alive of course.

On the 4th we celebrated by using the word "Merica" whenever we could.  Only in Merica.  This is Merica.  Made in Merica.  You get the point.  I'm not sure why, but it was pretty fun.  Our friends from Skyline Marina joined us in the anchorage.  We all went to the parade together.  It was all fun and games until a small child was run over by a parade vehicle.  After a brief delay the parade resumed and the girl was transported to the medical center with non-life threatening injuries, thank goodness.  The rest of the afternoon and evening was great.  We had a lazy nap on the boat, BBQ on our friend's boat, then watched the fireworks.  They launched the fireworks right in front of us from a barge.  The girls had a great time.  Hannah told me that she wants to live in Friday Harbor.  I asked her why and she said that they have the best, ice cream, candy, toy stores, and parades.  What more could a 5 year old ask for?

We headed home on the 5th.  We made our best effort to sail the whole way and then cursed the San Juans because it was impossible.  We would have great wind for maybe 30 minutes, then turn and it would be blocked by Lopez Island, then pick it up again, then it would die, over and over.  We were excited to get to Rosario Straight because we can always find wind there.  The only problem is that 99.9% of the time it is blowing from the SSE, exactly were we need to go to get back to Skyline.  It was dinner time.  We gave up and motored home.