And the trip sadly comes to an end…

Sorry for the delay, I’m finally catching up on the last bit of our trip and posting a last few of the pictures.

We left Friday Harbor on Thursday at noon after the fog lifted. We sailed through the Upright Channel south of Shaw Island and into the East Sound of Orcas Island on our way to Rosario. The fog was still present to our south, making a very striking background against which we saw other sailboats and the Washington Ferry.

Rosario itself is a resort that used to be a mansion for the Moran family that built its fortune by starting a Seattle waterfront ship repair business that served the miners of the Yukon Gold Rush and later a became a major ship yard at the turn of the 20th century. It was sold to the Rheem family (of water heater and heat pump fame) in 1938. Supposedly the ghost of his wife still haunts the place.  In 1960 it was sold to a Seattle individual who turned it into the resort it is today.

It was clear that fall was coming on – the leaves of some of the trees were getting quite brilliant in their reds, yellows, and oranges. Sad that summer was ending, but it was quite a gorgeous show that autumn made for her entrance.  It was the first time it really got cool enough for us to want to put up the complete cockpit enclosure, so we got to try that out for the first time.  It kept it quite cozy, even when we were motoring along.

In the evenings there we enjoyed some fine meals, played some Scrabble in their lounge, and Stella watched “Young Frankenstein” on her tablet.  For some reason she has to watch that movie every time we go on vacation.  I’m not sure what that says…  🙂

What a wonderfully relaxing vacation!  We cannot wait to get back out on the water for a trip like this again.  We’re torn about whether or not to put her back in the water right away so we can sail Lake Washington on the weekends, or leave her on the trailer so we can take long weekends trailering her back up to the islands again soon!  Decisions, decisions!

I’ll close the blog for now (until our next trip) with a final few pictures.  Thanks for reading!

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