Garrison Bay: A San Juan Island Favorite

Summer is well under way, and warm sunny weather has been the reward for enduring a long, cold, and damp winter and spring.  The first day of summer found me anchored in another one of my favorite spots in the San Juan Islands: Garrison Bay.

Aside from excellent anchorage, Garrison Bay offers a lot for a visiting boater, in a setting that holds a lot of history.  In my latest video, I visit this San Juan favorite!

More information on the English Camp National Historical Park.

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Stuart Island: Reid Harbor and Turn Point Light Station

The San Juan Islands offer many destinations that can be visited over and over, and somehow they never get old.  For me, Reid Harbor on Stuart Island is one.  I can spend a few days hanging out a few times a year and not grow tired of this familiar spot.

My latest cruising video was filmed on a trip to Reid Harbor last week, and take viewers along as I visit the Stuart Island School and the Turn Point Light Station.

 

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Cruising in April: A Fine Old Boat and a New (to me) Anchorage

The Pacific Northwest weather might having thinking otherwise, but springtime is officially here.  Just over half way through, we’ve had our share of “April Showers” – along with March, February, and…  Bring on the May flowers!

With some free time and a forecast that looked okay, I pushed away from the dock for a few days for a much appreciated getaway.

 

For more information on the Motor Vessel David B, visit the Northwest Navigation Website and check out Christine Smith’s book, More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B.

For more information on the Kimball Preserve, visit the San Juan Preservation Trust

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I’m Going Somewhere! March Cruising in the San Juans

It has been a pretty lousy winter for boaters in the Pacific Northwest this time around – at least it has been for this boater.  The weather man says you can count the “nice” days we’ve had since October on one hand, and pretty much all of them I’ve been tied up with work or other obligations.

When my schedule coincided with a favorable weather forecast, I just had to seize the opportunity to get away from the dock for a few days and enjoy the offseason’s lack of crowds and a little sunshine for a change.

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Movember 30th – We Need to Talk.

The month of Movember has officially passed, and today I get to say goodbye to my thirty day stache and return to a more recognizable clean-shaven look.  I’m ready, because this thing is annoying, it smells like ketchup, and I can’t stop playing with it.

This year, as part of my Movember efforts I wanted to create a series of videos discussing the big issues that affect men’s health and cause men to die to young: Prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health/suicide prevention.  I introduced the month formerly known as November with partial nudity, took viewers for a walk near the beach to hopefully raise awareness for prostate cancer.  My video about testicular cancer fell prey to technical difficulties.

The final video, regarding mental illness and suicide prevention almost didn’t happen either.

The reason?  Well, because it’s difficult to talk about.

Three out of four suicides are men, and globally, we lose a man to suicide each and every minute.  It’s an enormous problem, and we need to learn how to talk about it.

Each us has suffered a loss from suicide.  In over twenty years with the fire service and EMS, I’ve witnessed first hand how suicide can devastate families and communities.  On a personal level, I’ve lost friends, and I couldn’t help but wonder if there was something I missed.  What if I had asked a few questions? And listened?  But it’s difficult to talk about.  And it’s easy to get wrapped up in worry about saying the wrong thing, that nothing is said.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.

Safe Call Now is a confidential, comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral service for all public safety employees, all emergency services personnel and their family members nationwide.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide, including those who have suffered the loss of a loved one to suicide.

Thank you for following along with this year’s Movember efforts to help change the face of men’s health.  Check out the Movember Foundation for more information on men’s health and what you can do to help keep men from dying too young.  If you’d like, you can donate to help support the good work they do.

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