Monthly Archives: August 2014
We found it! We’ll get no prize for expedience, but I believe we deserve one for perseverance. We’ve been counting this trip as having started in Neah Bay on 7-20, but really, we left Port Townsend 7-12, so it should begin from there. That is a bit longer than most people take, but we made it in one piece, with minimal wear and tear (on the boat, that is.)
Things that broke:
1. Loose shaft coupling (discovered before the trip so really shouldn’t count.) Fixed in Pt. Townsend
2. Busted glass-lined thermos ( a nightmare of tiny glass shards covered the salon floor on a really bumpy passage.) Replaced in Crescent City with a metal one.
3. Loose motor mount screws on one of the mounts (fixed in Crescent City.)
4. Dangling prop zinc, which has yet to fully fall off (prompted big scare on the way to Drake’s Bay, as it sounded like something caught on the prop. Once we got into the Bay and anchored, John dipped into the drink to find no line on the prop, just a loose zinc. We’ll fix that here in San Francisco.)
Things we liked:
1. Our second night watch, which was full of stars and bioluminescence.
2. Almost every first meal we had in every port; somehow, nothing ever tasted so good.
3. The fog falling away to reveal Newport Oregon as we neared the Yaquina Bay Bridge, after a hairy passage over the bar.
4. The fog lifting to reveal the Coast as we crossed the line into California, and the smell of Eucalyptus from a few miles offshore of Crescent City.
5. A pod of humpback whales, and a pod of white-sided dolphins, surrounding the Slappey a few miles outside Eureka, California.
6. The realization, this morning, that we had completed the worst part of the trip, and our last night watch for some time to come.
Things we didn’t really care for:
1. 780 miles of Coastline mostly shrouded in fog. Grey skies, grey water, and a grey horizon are not uplifting.
2. Obsessing about the weather all the time (so that was me, not John, but still….)
3. The ocean is not all gently undulating swell. It is confused, sharp and spikey, bad-tempered, and has no rhythm.
4. Winds that are all or nothing
5. Most of the night watches. Only the one featured stars. They mostly made us bone-tired and stressed out. (so that was me, not John, but still…)
….we’re still here in Newport? If you knew how wimpy we were, it would come as no surprise. We’ve wanted to avoid advisory winds and seas so far, but after nearly two weeks at the dock, we are about to venture out anyway. The winds have calmed, and the seas are calming, though it may be a ‘spirited’ day on Monday as we head out. All you cruisers coming down the Coast, or up the Coast as the case may be, don’t mind if you get stuck in Newport; there is plenty to keep you going….up to a point. You can walk to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center, a great little fresh seafood market and cafe called South Beach Grocery, and the South Beach State Park. Better still, use the free bus passes to ride the City Loop bus. We have gotten to know the two bus drivers by name. The trip around will take about 1 1/2 hours, and you can scope out other neighborhoods to visit, such as the Nye Beach district, Bayside (which you can see from the marina, but which is an intimidating walk across the bridge,) or the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. When you need decent internet, which you will not often have at the Marina, you can go to the Library or the City Hall for great free wifi. All in all, not a bad place for a (long) 2-week stop-over. Said crappy internet precludes pictures….all to follow somewhere down the line, plus a video of taking off from Neah Bay! Stay tuned….