Well, it was a fine night in Bell Harbor. We expected a lot more traffic noise than we actually got – a very pleasant surprise. The city lights were indeed spectacular after the sun went down. Our son Chris and daughter-in-law Kayla drove downtown to meet us and we had a fine little dinner. Stella and I walked around the waterfront a good bit, watching the new Ferris Wheel, and wondering why people paid $15 for just one short ride. Very pricey! I know the view up there must be spectacular, but you spend the majority of your time on the ride stopped while other people get on and off. It sure is a visually amazing addition to the waterfront skyline – especially when it’s lit up at night.
Monday morning we stepped across the street to Starbucks and got a couple of their breakfast sandwiches, then we packed up and sailed out of the harbor and began the final leg of this way-too-short trip. We trekked north back to Shilshole Bay and the channel back towards Lake Washington. This time we went through the small lock at the Chittenden Locks in Ballard, and then finished the slow cruise back to our slip at the Newport Basin marina.
Poor Southern Star was covered in salt from her voyage, and we spent the rest of the afternoon washing her down and hosing her off to get all the crud off her before letting her rest for a few weeks before our next adventure. Then it was home to shower all the crud off of us!
What a great trip! After 30 years, you’d think that Stella and I had said everything there is to say to each other, but being on a small boat together with no one else for four days gave us lots of opportunities to find new things to discuss. We’re both amazed when we hear friends tell us that they couldn’t stay cooped up that long with their spouses. There is almost nothing we’d rather do than just set out on Southern Star for yet another adventure. Till next time! 🙂 Thanks for reading!