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Veteran’s Day Long Weekend at Bainbridge Island

We took advantage of the long weekend and headed to Eagle Harbor for Veteran’s Day weekend. Normally with only two days off and a slow boat, we wouldn’t go this far but we really love Bainbridge Island and all that it has to offer that makes anchoring so convenient and enjoyable. For starters, the new public dock always has space for our dinghy and its relatively easy when we need to take our three doggo’s ashore. The town of Winslow is just a couple blocks away and has many restaurants, shops, a fabulous full service grocery store and of course dog stores. In fact we found Piper a pair a pink non-slip dog socks to help her navigate the decks especially when wet! Another bonus on this location is that the local stations come in very strong and we can catch all the football on Saturday and Sunday! (Go Hawks) This visit, we walked the entire waterfront trail which totaled jut over 5 miles. The walk is easy with very few elevation changes and not allot of traffic. The beauty of autumn is everywhere and there are many interesting things to see on the walk as the trail winds in and out of the town and throughout residential areas. We have not had the chance to enter the historical museum because we always have our dogs with us, but they have some very cool pieces outside and we imagine the […]

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Piper’s Maiden Voyage

We had a wonderful weekend in Gig Harbor, WA. The weather couldn’t have been better and after not having R’ Lil’ Ship for almost 2 months while it was being maintenanced and repaired, it was so good to be back on the water. Everything about being on the water just seems “right”. In addition to boat repairs and maintenace we […]

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Blessing of the Fleet

We had a really fun weekend with our G-Dock buddies for the Blessing of the Fleet in Gig Harbor, WA. We had 9 boats raft back to back with dinghy’s in between. Visiting one side to another always consists of strategic crossing and a little luck. Fortunately we did not have any mishaps and everyone remained dry. Friday and Saturday […]

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Eagle Harbor Weekend

We had a fun weekend anchored and rafted in Eagle Harbor with our good friends on Empress, a 53′ Selene owned by Todd and Melinda Mackey. We arrived early on Saturday and discovered that the public dock has been wonderfully upgraded to include power! What was a fairly short rural public dock is now a fairly long L-shaped dock that […]

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Shilshole Bay

We decided to head a little farther North than usual with our extra time for this 3-day weekend. Originally we had planned to go to Blake Island however with the forecast predicting heavy rain all weekend we thought it better to take the girls somewhere with a little less goose & deer poop, so we set our sights upon Shilshole […]

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TPS – Arabella Rendezvous

Arabella’s was our 1st official outing with the Tacoma Power Squadron this year. A small craft advisory and high winds were expected for our short trip from Chinook Marina and upon arriving heavy rains came down. While I feel we are capable now of docking R Lil’ Ship on our own, its always great to arrive and have lots of help as is the case with the Tacoma Power Squadron group. There are always lots of friendly faces waiting to help out. The weather wasn’t too bad and while cold, we did manage to get out for a good walk, exploring some of Gig Harbor we have not seen before. I think thats one of the things I appreciate about our weekend jaunts on the boat, while we are still working we never have enough time to explore a place fully but everytime we visit for a weekend, we have the opportunity to see something new. Mike was able to find a nice little park and practiced launching his new Mavic Pro 2 drone. He’s practicing in prepartion for our scenic Barclay Sound trip in July. I always love seeing the fishing boats in Gig Harbor and we even got to watch a little otter busy himself along a dock running back and forth. We also took some items over to the Second Wave store for consignment. If you have never been there, it can be a treasure trove of […]

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