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Mini-Flotilla to Blake Island

After a delicious breakfast at Etta’s in Seattle yesterday morning, we headed across Elliott Bay to Blake Island State Marine Park. Sam and Kevin and I met up with several other brave winter boaters, and after a super fun potluck dinner last night, we woke up to a gorgeous snowy landscape.

It was early, and bed was warm and cozy, but the snow was so inviting that I suited up and went for a little hike around for some photos.

Tillicum Village:

Raccoon tracks, people tracks:

The raccoons are plentiful and bold on Blake Island. Yesterday afternoon and last night while having dinner on Safe Harbour, we were boarded several times by raccoons. Here they are scavenging down by the water:

The smallest one we saw was this little scrappy fella:

We watched two of them climb up this tree:

Anyway, back to the snow!!

Andy and Jill from Three Sheets NW (along with their boys Magnus and Porter) joined our group here as well. Their sailboat Yahtzee is there in the foreground, on the right:

We cooked breakfast for everyone over on Sam’s boat, and then afterwards, four of us decided to hike out to the west point:

It was snowing pretty heavily for most of our hike and in several places the trail was a bit on the muddy side, but it was just beautiful. So beautiful that we ended up continuing on and hiked the trail around the entire island…a little over 4 miles, and a great workout in the snow!

A few branches created a little climbing opportunity along the way:

We’re back on Airship now doing some work, and I think we’ll get together with Sam to record another Slowboat webinar/video (or two) this afternoon. I’m so glad we came out here yesterday….the snow is such a treat!


  1. GMertl GMertl

    Great photos, as usual, thanks. It looks pretty much the same here in Bellingham. I guess it’s ice in Portland. At least it’s different, lol.

    • Thank you Gary! Yeah, Portland has gotten slammed this winter. Love the boating snow though!

  2. Kevin McLaughlin Kevin McLaughlin

    Now you’re in my waters. Great snowy scene this morning in West Seattle, but so glad to see your photos of Blake Island. My boat is just around the corner in Bremerton. I might cruise over next weekend to Poulsbo for the bash, but tickets are sold out. Anchoring! BTW, the fuel dock at Port Orchard marina has diesel for $2.02 plus tax.

    • Thanks for the fuel tip, Kevin! Let us know if you end up in Poulsbo next weekend

    • Thanks Steve! We are going to be at Elliott Bay for the next couple days. If you’re around we should all try to meet up!

      • For sure! I work just a few minutes away from Elliott Bay Marina, and Grace is there as well. Let me know what days you plan on being there. I am around Tuesday/Wednesday and out Thursday-next week.

        • We are heading in tomorrow and will leave Friday to go over to Winter Rendezvous @ Poulsbo.

          • Sounds good. I will be down at Grace in EBM tomorrow around 4pm

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