Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hats? Or Visors?

We just spent a couple of days anchored in Roche Harbor, and I think I learned some things from the experience.

First, all the really big boats go to Roche Harbor.  I mean the BIG BOATS - 100+ feet long.  Maybe there isn't enough long dock space in Friday Harbor.  Or maybe the ambience is wrong there - but then I would have no idea what that could mean.  If your boat is, say 120 feet long, what is it that you are looking for at a dock?  In shoreside amenities?  Whatever it is, apparently Roche Harbor has more of it than Friday Harbor... there was a parade of these huge boats going in there every day.

And the other thing...  If I could judge which of the folks aboard those monster yachts were the owners, I noticed that there was a preponderance in headgear.  No, not a preponderance...  it was virtually unanimous.  While those of us in smaller boats wear baseball caps, Tilley hats, Aussie bush hats...  the owners of the Really Big Boats all wore visors.  You know - like a baseball hat, but with the crown missing; almost universally they were white in color.

So I got out my visor - the one with the included hairstyling (not having much of my own, this is helpful).  And even tho it is a black visor, I would swear that we got more waves from the big boats after I put it on...


Monday, July 21, 2014

Crabbing our way thru the San Juans

Pulling the crab trap
Retirement is great!  We have little or no schedule, and can stay or go as we please. 

I don't think we have ever spent as many days anchored in the same spot as we have this year.  After all, why not?  In the past, we have always felt the urge to get on to the next place after waking up at anchor.  Not this year.

We got to Parks Bay and just...  stayed.  Other boats came and went.  But we stayed, pulling the crab trap twice a day, morning and nite.  Each time the trap was heavy with crabs; we near-limited each day.  These are Dungeness crabs, and are big ones - the kind where one crab serves two for dinner.  Our freezer is filling up.

I freely admit that the slow lifestyle at anchor combined with the lack of connectivity have made me remiss in my blogging.  I apologize.  Sort of.

This morning we awoke at anchor in Roche Harbor.  And civilization.  And the constant coming and going of boats and seaplanes.   And the ability to go ashore and buy sugar, which we ran out of this morning because I neglected to check our supply before we left the dock.  My bad.

Now, I gotta go check the crab pot.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Come a leeetle cloooser...

Crabbing in the wilds of the San Juan Islands, where Internet connectivity is "spotty" to say the least. No phone connectivity at all.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Box Wine, Again

I've written about box wine before, as (at least partly) a boon to boaters.

But if your boat is small, you might not have room to accommodate the 3-liter box.

Backpackers have it even worse.  When you are carrying everything on your back, every ounce counts.  And when you are packing that weight to the top of a 200-story building, each extra ounce is crucial.

Then what?  Never fear, the wine makers have a solution!

This is a 500 ml container of wine.  (If you're not conversant with the metric system, 500 ml is 2/3 of a regular bottle.)  It is contained in a cardboard/foil/plastic film container which weighs almost nothing, and which can be crushed into a small ball when it has been emptied.  It is the ideal personal serving!

You could fit these almost anywhere - in fact they are compact enough where you probably have room for several.  No corkscrew needed; no heavy bottle to carry; no empty bottle to take up space until it can be properly disposed of. 

We tested these out yesterday, when Jane and I did an overnite backpacking trip up the Boulder River (4.5 miles one way - we're just not badass enough for those 20-mile days).
Yup, works just fine!

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