Up a River?

Kinda sorta. Last weekend (August 9-12) we cruised to La Conner for the annual La Conner Classic Boat & Car Show. For those who are not from around here, La Conner, in North Puget Sound, is situated on the Swinomish Channel, an 11 mile waterway connecting Skagit Bay to the south with Padilla Bay to the north. Every tide change creates a torrent of current as all that water tries to find its way either in or out of Skagit Bay and Padilla Bay. Trying to determine when slack tide is so you can tie your boat up at the guest pier without it seeming like you're roping a Sperm Whale, is some kind of voodoo. I followed the published calculus to establish our departure time from Everett. I projected our arrival time based on forecasted wind and wave conditions along with our estimated average cruising speed of 6 knots over the 33 mile route and determined that if we left Everett at 10:00 am we should arrive at 3:30 pm. Hopefully it would be slack. And I nailed it!!! It was dead flat and calm as I pirouetted into the designated spot like I knew what I was doing. The welcoming committee was impressed. We met some really, really nice people over the course of the weekend and had a wonderful time. We're already looking forward to next year's event.

Capt. Gerardo at the helm in Saratoga Passage

Capt. Gerardo at the helm in Saratoga Passage

FACNAR

FACNAR

Mt. Baker 20 years after standing on top!

Mt. Baker 20 years after standing on top!

High and dry

High and dry

Rainbow Bridge, La Conner

Rainbow Bridge, La Conner

The friendly welcoming committee and judges

The friendly welcoming committee and judges

WANDER dressed and ready

WANDER dressed and ready

The flowers survived the overnight downpour! 

The flowers survived the overnight downpour! 

Double-ender HOLIDAY written up in the latest edition of WoodenBoat magazine's Power Boats issue

Double-ender HOLIDAY written up in the latest edition of WoodenBoat magazine's Power Boats issue

86-year-old Roland showing off the 1947 Atlas engine on his 73-foot tugboat, QUAIL 

86-year-old Roland showing off the 1947 Atlas engine on his 73-foot tugboat, QUAIL 

The Atlas cruises at under 300 rpm!

The Atlas cruises at under 300 rpm!

Friends Janice & Roger from ENCORE

Friends Janice & Roger from ENCORE

This one is for Reed

This one is for Reed

This one is for Ryan

This one is for Ryan

This one is for all the orthodontists

This one is for all the orthodontists

@ La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib House

@ La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib House

Moi

Moi

Doesn't everyone need a chalkboard chicken? @Earthenworks

Doesn't everyone need a chalkboard chicken? @Earthenworks

A royal sendoff as we head out the channel

A royal sendoff as we head out the channel

PULL & BE DAMNED hard at work

PULL & BE DAMNED hard at work

Nature's palette

Nature's palette

Leaving La Conner in our wake

Leaving La Conner in our wake

Camano Head after another fast and flat trip down Saratoga Passage

Camano Head after another fast and flat trip down Saratoga Passage

Contrails in the sky

Contrails in the sky

M taking her turn

M taking her turn

Ah b'dee –ah b'dee–that's all folks

Ah b'dee –ah b'dee–that's all folks

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