Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend 2015

First time out on the boat this year. As much as it is a chore and frustrating to get ready to go, it is always worth it in the end. Had trouble (again) getting the holding tank discharge pump to work. Oh well, an empty tank should be enough for the weekend.

Weather has been a bit cool with low clouds in the morning that seem to burn off by the afternoon. We tried running the cabin heater but the pressure pump has decided to malfunction. Probably time to replace it.

This is the first time on the boat for "super schipperke" Jake since his second eye surgery where we think he lost some vision. While not as fast and sure footed around the boat like he used to be, he is finding his way around with a little assistance. His bossy older sister Sucia is not helping things.

For two nights we have been tied to a state park buoy of Blind Island in Blind Bay on Shaw Island. We have passed this place a number of times over the years, but this is our first time here. We are asking ourselves why we never stopped here as it is a pretty cool spot. The ferry for Orcas and Shaw pass by regularly, but there is little wake so the anchorage is quite calm. The state park has the newer designed buoys that do not kling-klang against the hull of the boat during the night. Blind Island is a small place with a pit toilet and four or five campsites. Ashore at the Shaw ferry terminal is a funky general store that sells a few supplies and service ice cream/coffee/lunch item things. Shaw Island is clearly the most rural of all the San Juans.

Jake keeping watch off Blind Island

Saturday afteroon we hooked up with our friends Jeff and Linda who came by on their relatively new (to them) Sea-Ray runabout.

We took "the long way home" through Obstruction Pass and around Cypress and Guemes islands to avoid currents and traffic. Little wind and calm waters the entire way.