December 2019 Boating

This December we were able to get out on the water on a couple of weekends and enjoy some festive winter boating. A favorite spot of ours is the Point Defiance public dock. Moorage is extremely affordable and the close proximity to Point Defiance and Point Rustin make it a fun and convenient place to hang out for the weekend especially now that all the upgrades have been finished. For those that are unfamiliar with this area, it has been undergoing a facelift for about 3 years now. A new public park, Dune Peninsula has been added to the waterfront adjacent the Tacoma Yacht Club, walking paths, slides, yes slides! and a bridge that connects both sides for easy access. On the Point Defiance side which is also the access to the ferry terminal there is Anthony’s Restaurant and the Pointe Defiance Zoo. On the weekends, you can walk the 5 mile drive around the point on the main road as they close access to car traffic until about 1:00pm. There are several viewpoints that give great views of the Narrows, Gig Harbor, Dalco Passage and Vashon. If you like hiking within the forest there are several trails, the Spine trail is about 2.5 miles and the inside loop trail is almost 4 miles. From the Dune Peninsula side you can walk to Point Rustin where they continue to develop the area. A true testament to the phrase, “If you […]

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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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2018 Summer Cruise to the San Juan Islands

Our summer cruise to the San Juan Islands was supposed to be filled with kayaking, paddle boarding and hiking however the week before our trip, as fate would have it, I tore my calf muscle while in Cardio-Kickboaxing class. Nonetheless, we ventured on and still had a lovely holiday enjoying good meals, beautiful scenery and a restful 2-weeks away from the grind. We left early am about 4am, and plotted our course to Garrison Bay. Arriving in late afternoon, we had a long but uneventful cruise day. Once in Garrison Bay, we joined our good friends and proceeded to work on getting into vacation mode. We chose to anchor in Garrison Bay as it is very conveniently located to Roche Harbor and one of our furbabies is particularily sensitive to the canon booms each night during the colors ceremony. We really like the ambience of Roche Harbor and all that it has to offer so it is a must visit destination when we travel to the San Juans. Roche Harbor has amazing stores, great people watching, a swimming pool, good restaurants, an art park and off leash dog park! Don’t get me wrong, Garrison Bay is an outstanding anchorage to spend time in. There is lots of room, around 20 ft. of water with a good mud bottom and easy access to English Camp, home of the historic Pig Wars. If you enjoy history, you won’t be disappointed. There is […]

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