This morning (after a cute sendoff from these two friendly ducks) we left Arabella's Landing in Gig Harbor. We made another stop at the guest dock of the Tides Tavern and had a "brunch" of fish tacos before heading north to Seattle. A bit of fog coming in:
Heading out of the harbor:
Visibility in Colvos Channel was pretty limited, but it cleared up after not too long. Nice view of Mt. Rainier:
Gorgeous sky behind us:
Just as we were nearing the tip of Vashon Island, I got a text from our friend Sam (he's got a Nordic Tug 37) who saw us on AIS. I had just opened my vessel tracking app and seen him around the west side of Blake Island, and I texted back "We see you too!" and then pretty soon we saw a little boat speeding toward us fast, and guess who it was?? Sam and his girlfriend Anna coming all the way out to say hi. We slowed and chatted for a few minutes and then they took off back to Blake. Fun!
There they go!
That's Blake Island in the background:
On our way into Seattle, right off of Duwamish Head, we saw some pretty dramatic splashing (and RED in the water) ahead of us.
We slowed to see what the commotion was. It was a sea lion eviscerating a large salmon (at least I think that's what it was), so we hung out for a few minutes and watched him fling that thing around SO hard (even though surely it was dead by then):
The approach into Seattle from the water always feels dramatic:
We're back at Bell Harbor for a few days with many visits with friends scheduled. Should be a fun weekend. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
Route from yesterday: