Thursday, May 13 – Cap Sante to Everett
Running time: 4 hours
Distance: 44.6 nm
Moorage: Free (Navy YC Recip)
Ran from Cap Sante (home slip) to Port of Everett via Swinomish Channel. It was a great run- my timing was good, providing a following current through LaConner. Stayed at the Port of Everett guest dock using reciprocal moorage.
Friday, May 14 – Everett to Seattle
Running Time: 2.5 hours
Distance: 29.1 nm
Moorage: $1.35/ ft. Pricey, but in my opinion Bell harbor has some of the best showers in the sound!
Departed Everett at about 0910 with a fresh breeze blowing down Saratoga Passage, which quickly diminished after rounding Mukilteo. It was a nice run, with grey whales spotted in the distance off Edmonds.A view of the Seattle skyline just out of Bell Harbor.
Moored at Bell Harbor Marina, joining several other boats for a Tollycraft Boating Club cruise. This is the third year I have attended this cruise, and each year we have had great weather. Bell Harbor is located at Seattle’s Pier 66 and sits just below the Pike Place Market. I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan of going to Seattle by car, but I must say it is a completely different destination by boat. It is a great spot for people watching and observing vessel traffic of all sizes and shapes. The marina is right next to the cruise ship terminal, which is very active with passengers coming and going as well as what appears to be a very well choreographed sequence of preparing the ships for the next trip and loading of cargo.
It was an enjoyable weekend with good boating friends. This has become one of my favorite cruises with the club… Bell Harbor is a great destination for “urban boating”.
Sunday, May 16 – Seattle to Blake Island
Running Time: 45 min
Moorage: $ .50/ ft ($14) – Washington State Park Dock.
Short run along with John and Jane on Tolly Time II to Blake Island. My first time visiting this Puget Sound favorite, which is home of the Tillicum Village, which draws visitors aboard Argosy passenger ferries. During my visit, the island was peaceful and quiet, but I imagine it to be a different place in the middle of the summer, as this is a very popular destination.
Monday, May 17 – Blake Island to Kirkland
Running time: 3 hours
Distance: 19.5 nm
Moorage: $9 (City of Kirkland Marina)
Departed Blake Island at around 10 am with Tolly Time II. After a short wait, we entered the small lock at the Ballard Locks. This was John and Jane’s first time locking through.
After locking through, Tolly Time II continued on to tour the lake, while I went looking for a place in Ballard to tie up for a while. This particular day, May 17, is Norwegian Constitution Day- and Ballard is the place to be in Seattle to celebrate Syttende Mai. I tied to the dock at the 24th Street Landing, a free day-use dock that was just a short walk away from Bergen Place, where some of the Syttende Mai festivities took place.
After spending a few hours in Ballard, listening to traditional Norwegian music and eating pølse (hot dog wrapped in lefse), I made my way through the ship canal and Lake Union en route to Kirkland.