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Gig Harbor to Bell Harbor


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.

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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):




Yay, nature!

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:

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