Monthly Archives: July 2013

A Beautiful Saturday at Alderbrook

WP_20130720_001We started late this morning after sleeping in a lot longer than we expected. After a quick breakfast, we hit the water again. Only there wasn’t a lot of water to hit. The entrance to Pleasant Harbor is not particularly deep, and we were leaving at low tide. It was VERY low. At one point we only had about a foot of clearance beneath our keel. We made it out without grounding though, and started our trip further south in Hood Canal. Just a bit later, we found ourselves in another minefield of crab trap buoys, and I heard Stella say something very unexpected in the Pacific Northwest: “Flamingo at 11 o’clock”. Sure enough, one clever crab trapper had a unique way to distinguish and find his traps from all the others. I’m sure he has no problem finding his own!

WP_20130720_002It was a couple hour trip to Alderbrook, and even though we were in a canal with no turnings that takes us straight south to the resort, Stella was dutifully checking the charts. With her navigating so faithfully, of course we found it with no problems.

When we arrived, we discovered that the reputation of the Alderbrook resort is deserved. It is a tremendous place.  Gorgeous view of the Olympic mountains to the west, forest all around, and a wonderfully built-to-complement-nature lodge building and cabins.  They have a very ingenious system for keeping the young ones from running wild, as you can see in the next picture.WP_20130720_007

There were five different weddings going on all over the resort property, so you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting a bride or a groom.  We enjoyed several great meals.  Dave had an excellent massage while Stella walked around the property and after getting back together we enjoyed the pool and hot tub for a while.WP_20130720_009 Tomorrow we’ll head out of Hood Canal and head towards Kingston. No, not Jamaica, we only have one more night, so the one a short ways south of the entrance to the canal will have to do. That will ensure that we only have a few hours remaining on Monday for the last leg of this trip back to our home port.
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Through the Locks and on to Pleasant Harbor

After finishing the installation of the TV mount and all the equipment for our on-board home theater, we pulled out of Newport Yacht Basin this morning and headed through the locks. WP_20130719_001We were in the small lock today, but they packed it full! Everyone got in and out intact despite being packed like a can of sardines. Being right up front gave quite an interesting view of the intimidating doors as they opened up.WP_20130719_005 We headed north and after a couple of hours, we entered Hood Canal and turned back south. We passed by the Naval Submarine facility on the way south, but steered wide, since the gunboats patrolling the restricted area have the authority to (literally) blow you out of the water!
A little further south we made the turn to the entrance to Pleasant Harbor, and BOY is it well named! Beautiful place, with a nice new pool and hot tub. Very refreshing at the end of a long hot afternoon. The restaurant had a fine pizza and salad. idyllically quiet waters. Smooth as glass. It will be a fine evening. After the sun sets we’ll head back and watch a movie. Probably finish up the Hobbit that we started last evening.WIN_20130719_184725

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Heading off to Hood Canal for a long weekend

HoodCanal MapThis weekend, Stella and I are off again on another trip to a part of the Salish Sea that we have not yet visited.  This time around, it’s Hood Canal.  After spending the night in either our own marina or at Shilshole, we’ll be head up north towards Port Ludlow, but this time we’ll be turning south into Hood Canal.  We plan on spending Friday night in Pleasant Harbor, about 1/2 way down the canal.  Saturday, we’ll head the rest of the way south, to spend the night at the marina at Alderbrook.  It’s supposed to be gorgeous at both places, and we’re really looking forward to the trip.  Depending on what we find, we’ll decide where to spend Sunday night. As soon as I get off work today, we’re off!  I have some installation work to do on the boat before we leave.  I’m mounting our TV, our streaming media player and USB drive in the berth area so we have movies to watch before we go to bed.  The upgrades never end!

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