Another one of those amazing things that happens when spending time on the water - whale spotting! I saw this humpback whale feeding near Tolvia Shoal south of Tacoma Narrows. It is rare to find humpbacks this far south in Puget Sound. It was inspiring to watch this giant creature calmly swimming through these inland … Continue reading Whale!
I experienced something that I didn't expect in Puget Sound - dolphins swimming in SWALLOW'S bow wave. YES! Dolphins in Puget Sound. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpk8DyTjWwu/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=7pygoiw52lg8 It seems there is a small group of Long-beaked Common Dolphins in South Puget Sound. Details - Unusual marine mammal sighting: long-beaked common dolphins This group is significantly out of the species … Continue reading Amazing day
As Fall's chill and damp intensifies my enthusiasm to explore decreases. This is because being cold and wet isn't fun when getting warm and dry is challenging. Warming my self isn't to difficult as I can eat, have a warm drink and snuggle with Momma Kitty. Drying things that get wet is more challenging as … Continue reading Just floating
Today I, and Momma Kitty, have been living a boat for five months (2.5 on SWEET PEA and now 2.5 on SWALLOW). As Fall settles in around the Salish Sea meaning every few days a front comes through bringing stronger winds for a a few hours or a day. Last night a front transited bringing … Continue reading Five months
A strong bit of high pressure, 1028 mB on SWALLOW'S barometer when I did the morning check, has settled in and providing the San Juan Islands some glorious weather. Sunrise at Fossil Bay, Sucia Island, San Juan Islands, Salish Sea. The crowds of people and boats has thinned so the bays and inlets are more … Continue reading Paradise
Two weeks ago Mother Nature went from summer to fall with no transition. It was sunny and warm one day and the next are chilly, windy and wet. The winds have been blowing consistently out of the south, a very good indicator in the Pacific Northwest that the season has transitioned. Summer is light northerlies … Continue reading Rainy days
I like collecting the weather forecast by listening to VHF radio. I do this each morning and evening. Thing is the marine safety radio broadcasting is not well supported - lack of listeners and most people likely collect the information with their cell phone. Problem with government thinking that this is a workable solution is … Continue reading VHF weather radio