Hello again! This weekend we’re going to the west side of Puget Sound. We came through the locks this morning, sharing the small lock with two other cruisers heading out. We took about two and a half hours to cross the Sound and head south along the eastern side of Bainbridge Island, arriving at Blake Island State Park around 2:30.
After tying up at the slip and paying our fees, we took a walk around the east side of the island. The heavy forest (425 acres worth!) was incredible. It was beautiful. We found out that our map of the trails was not quite as accurate as we would have liked and made a wrong turn. We would have gone way out of our way if we had not had our Windows Phones with us and their excellent GPS capabilities to show us where we really were and found the right path back to the marina.
We were then visited by a Park Ranger who told us that we needed to keep our boat locked up, not because of human thieves, but because of raccoons that go aboard and help themselves to whatever you’ve left out!
It’s great that it’s staying light so late; we could sit in the cockpit and read until about nine. Now we’ll take one last stroll to watch the lights of Seattle across the way, then settle in for the night. Tomorrow, on to Bremerton.