The mid-to-late Fall weather has been nice. Not normal but nice in that it has been dry. Dry and cold is easier to live in v. cold and wet. I've always preferred cold to hot. One can do things to get warm: exercise, more and better insulating clothes, a good hat, good socks, have a … Continue reading Just meandering
It feels like late November even though it is late October. Overnight temps at or below freezing, clear skies, no rain and daytime temps 40/50 degrees. It is much easier to stay comfortable when it isn't raining. It isn't damp and humid so things are not to bad in SWALLOW. Stopping in Olympia for a … Continue reading Gone cold and wind forecasts
Again!! SWALLOW drug her anchor even after I felt it was very well set - backed down and the bow swung strongly to the anchor. A few hours later strong gusts came up and after about an hour of this I noticed the mast of another boat where it shouldn't have been. SWALLOW had moved … Continue reading Drag …
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!
For the past couple of weeks I've been gunkholing my way south. Gunkholing is a boating term referring to a type of cruising in shallow or shoal water, meandering from place to place, spending the nights in coves. The term refers to the gunk, or mud, typical of the creeks, coves, marshes, sloughs, and rivers … Continue reading Gunkholing