Thursday, July 21, 2011

Cruising Puget Sound

This last weekend I took an extra day off work and we hauled the boat up to Tacoma for a weekend of sailing in the Puget Sound. David was away, so it was just me and my ladies, and some "big water."

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Gig Harbor was our first "port of call." We docked overnight at a great marina named Arabella's. Downtown Gig Harbor was a quick hike up the street, and our trip happened to coincide with the local outdoor art show. Yes, it rained a bit here and there, but we still had a great time.

A quick snack and cuddle before bed:

Warming up the V-Berth:

The next morning I wanted to check out the Tacoma Narrows Bridge so we motored our way south to have a look.

For a day predicted to be sunny, it sure was soggy:

It's hard to understand the perspective on the size of this bridge through the photos, but believe me, it's impressive! That's about 190 feet from the deck to the water.

After circling the bridge piers we headed north again, to Quartermaster Harbor. We used the dock facilities and a playground and then headed a little ways off to drop anchor for the night.

We were in the company of some beautiful boats, particularly eye catching was this wooden boat from the 50's - Now that's the way to retire...

Cook some dinner, roast some marshmallows...

... and it was time for bed.

When the sun came up we found ourselves immersed in fog. Tranquil. Peaceful. Beautiful.

The fog gave us an excuse to enjoy a lazy morning.

Finally, the sun that had been predicted all weekend makes it's arrival, only a few days late.

After motoring back to Tacoma we spent the afternoon at the Tacoma Zoo and Aquarium before heading back to Salem. We were able to see some baby spotted leopard cubs, some incredible Tigers, and the usual assortment of zoo animals. Here Abby stands in front of the Shark Aquarium.

It was an excellent vacation trip!

1 comment:

Jenny Plumb said...

Wow Chrissie, this looks spectacular! I love the fog photos, they're gorgeous! I had no idea your boat was so big and was like a little camper in there. What a great way to spend family time!