Whales & Wood
Wanting to catch the max ebb out of Mosquito Pass on San Juan, Island, I woke the crew early and we were underway by 0645. After clearing the pass and changing course to the southeast, I kept an eye on the windless horizon ahead as I sipped coffee from my steaming Tervis Tumbler. That’s when I saw it–a big spout, then another and another. We soon found ourselves in the thick of a pod of orcas, so I slowed down, called the crew on deck and we sat and watched in awe and pure amazement. The raw beauty of the moment was so intense that I didn’t even think to grab the camera. We were just in it.
A different type of beauty waited at the southeastern end of our journey: Port Townsend and the Wooden Boat Festival. I must say, I’ve never been much of a wooden boat guy, and this was my first time at the festival, but I was left in awe there too. The sheer beauty of the boats, the attention to detail and the passion behind them was truly astonishing and inspiring. There is just something unique about wooden boats, and experiencing whales in their natural environment, that tugs at the heartstrings of a mariner.
Enjoy this week’s edition.
(Photo courtesy of the Northwest Maritime Center)
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