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Tess and I on a San Juan Trip 28 Sep 2013 09:22 #1

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I had planned to spend 30 Days in the Puget Sound San Juan Islands, or at least that is what I put on my long-term parking permit at the dock.

But after 10 days of enjoyment, my Potable Water Pressure Switch failed. Checking with the several local Marine stores, provide nothing. The only replacement switch was five hours away, back at Everett. After two more days, without a shower, I was ready to head home.

Until the switch failure, Tess (my Dog) and I were enjoying the trip. Well, . . at least Tess is "liking" the boat more each day. On the way up, Tess was my Radar Man, or at least she looked the part. Can you guess our location by the Radar image?

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My Radarman - Tess

We spent several days at Hope Island;

The first day was calm, but the night was Rain, Local Thunder and Lighting, Tess does not like loud noises.

The next day was nice and clear/calm, Tess enjoyed several romps with another dog (named Echo) on the beach. That evening, the Sunset in a light fog provided a great show.

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Sunset in Light Fog at Hope Island

That night, the Sky cleared and the water was so mirror-flat that the Sky and Stars appeared as though they were wrapped around us, the reflected stars shown as bright and distinct below as above. Also, below the "sea fluorescents" flashed to join the wondrous spectacle. I tried to take photos but nothing turned out.

By this time, I think Tess is starting to enjoying the boat, or at lease she really like the dingy ride and the beach adventures. I have had her since she was a puppy, but I did not go boating when she was young, she is six now.

The next day, we were fogged-in nothing was moving. The entrance to Deception Pass was obscured. The camera's UV filter makes the fog appear less dense.

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So Much Fog, . . . it was almost Difficult to Hear

We waited until later that day, to leave our Hope Island paradise with mirror-flat water.

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Leaving Hope Island

By mid day, Deception Pass fog had cleared. With Radar, multiple GPSs, I enjoy motoring in fog, but in this case with our time schedule, there was no need.

Four hours later, we were at the docks at Sucia (we go slow).

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My Boat Dockside at Sucia

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Sucia Is a Wondrous Place

It was about the forth day as Sucia, the water pump switched failed. I knew our time around the islands was going to be limited. We spent the next day or so going home to Everett.

We meet many interesting People and Dogs on our trip.

Back at Everett, the pump switch has now been replaced, and I am already planning the next trip North.

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Tess and I on a San Juan Trip 28 Sep 2013 10:54 #2

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Sounds like a wonderful trip even with the small hiccups... nice photos too...
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Tess and I on a San Juan Trip 28 Sep 2013 23:16 #3

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Great story and pics', when I win the Lotto I'll travel some of your water ways, they look good,
Problem is, I don't know which life time I'll win the Lotto.....if at all !!!
Ah well, we can always dream can't we !!
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Tess and I on a San Juan Trip 02 Oct 2013 08:02 #4

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A trip with just you and the dog, did I read that right .... :)

What a great trip. Loved the photos. I am looking forward to visiting that part of the world one day.

Did you think of checking over the radio, if any one was departing Everett, and heading in you general direction. I know that if I received a call like that, I would have been happy to assist, with the view that one day, someone will do the same for me.

On one occasion, I needed a part, so found a marine store on line, close to the next marina I would visit, and phoned through an order. I asked if they would not mind having the parts sent to the marina via taxi. The young man said that he drives past there on the way home so would deliver. A lot of boating people are very helpful.

Glad you enjoyed the time on the boat.


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Tess and I on a San Juan Trip 15 Oct 2013 17:07 #5

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Peter W wrote: A trip with just you and the dog, did I read that right .... :)


Yep, Tess is always with me, I got her when she was very young.

She is very-very smart, but now, . . if I could only teach her how to handle a dock line :-)

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Tess and I on a San Juan Trip 25 Nov 2013 20:21 #6

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Great looking dog. Full Healer? I had her twin for 16 years.
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Tess and I on a San Juan Trip 25 Nov 2013 20:41 #7

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Great post, and fantastic pictures! We're planning a trip to Chatterbox Falls next summer, hope our weather and water is as nice as what you had. Sorry you had to cut your trip short. :-(

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robster_in_edmonds wrote: Great post, and fantastic pictures! We're planning a trip to Chatterbox Falls next summer, hope our weather and water is as nice as what you had. Sorry you had to cut your trip short. :-(

Rob


We'll be heading to Desolation this year as well... Maybe we'll hook up... or at least run into one another with fenders at the ready... ;)

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Tess and I on a San Juan Trip 26 Nov 2013 23:44 #9

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courtjester wrote: Great looking dog. Full Healer? I had her twin for 16 years.


No, Tess is not a Full Healer, she is a little part Mutt, just enough mutt to eliminate some of the breeds obsessive behaviors (although she does like round objects - mainly her tennis ball).

We found Tess on-line via a rescue kennel in Republic Washington, my now xwife drove about 9 hours round trip to get Tess.

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This is the rescue on-line photo - at about 6 weeks

Tess loves kids, she likes to play a fast game of fetch with larger kids, and yet, she has learned to "putt" a tennis ball across the floor with her foot, for a gentle game of catch with a toddler.

I have had other (full) Healers before, Tess is my fifth.

And yes, . . . I would be lost without her.

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My boat project URL: http://mv-cyrene.blogspot.com/
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