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Kingston to Pleasant Harbor

We left Bell Harbor/Seattle this morning just after 8am. It was such a beautiful day (again) that we wanted to spend most of it on the water if possible. 

Passing a couple tankers anchored in Puget Sound:

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We stopped in Kingston to grab some breakfast/lunch.

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The Port of Kingston is a very well-maintained, attractive marina with guest moorage free for 2 hours (and cute picnic areas right there on the dock):

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We walked up to a little spot called J'aime Les Crêpes and ordered two different savory crêpes: (1) "Chicken" — grilled chicken, provolone cheese, spinich, toasted almonds, with artichioke pesto, and (2) "Special" — black forest ham, swiss cheese, sauteed mushrooms, spinach, green onions and dijon mustard.

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These hit the spot! We walked around a bit and then hopped back on Airship, fueled up, pumped out, and continued on our way. 

Our initial plan was to head north toward Port Townsend, through the Port Townsend canal, and stop in Port Hadlock for the night, but as we passed Point No Point and were approaching Foulweather Bluff, we thought it would be a shame to miss (this time) Hood Canal, so we rerouted on the fly and headed toward Pleasant Harbor.

You just can't beat a (mostly) clear day view of the Olympic mountain range:

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The sun was at the perfect angle to completely blind us as we tried to enter Pleasant Harbor: 

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We made it though, and headed over to the Pleasant Harbor State Park dock (just inside the harbor on the right):

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Home Port Marina is just next door:

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We took the chairs up to the top deck and had a cocktail while watching the pastel sky turn to navy. Kevin took these two shots:

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And here's one I shot just before we came inside:

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Dinner tonight is going to be an easy grilled chicken and zucchini. 

Here's our track from today:

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Total nautical miles: 51.31
Total time: 7 hours 47 minutes (30 minutes stopped)

I was at the helm most of the day, and Kevin worked (I did most of my "today" work last night and early this morning). On our cruise today, Kevin wrote a 1500-word article, had a couple of phone briefings, worked with our sales and operations team via chat, and answered a plethora of email. Not bad for moving office, is it?

  • This is my dream trip! I love oysters. I think that I would have trouble limiting myself to only 18 though. I admire you for being so intrepid and for showing such restraint.

    • It was REALLY difficult to stop, especially because they’re so easy to gather and shuck. We were aided by the knowledge that tomorrow is another day, and another 18/36. I just egg-dipped, floured, egg-dipped, panko-dipped all 36 of ’em and stuck them in the fridge for an hour or so before cooking ’em up! 🙂

  • Kevin McLaughlin

    What wine did you serve with the oysters/

    • See today’s post for all the details! (a Dominio IV 2013 Viognier from Oregon). 🙂