Roche Harbor this morning was frosty cold and sunny! We went up to the Lime Kiln Cafe for a little breakfast, and then filled up the water tank on Airship before heading out.
Frost on the Flemish Flake (look mom, just like grandpa taught me!):
We decided to go to Patos Island, via President Channel (the back side of Orcas Island) again, in hopes of catching the humpbacks. No whales this time, but a gorgeous day with smooth water and no wind. This is such a fantastic area for boating!
At the Eastern end of Spieden Island there were a whole bunch of sea lions lolling about on the shore and in the water, fins flapping around while I assume they were eating a late breakfast:
We decided to prolong our cruise and go around Sucia Island before settling in at Patos. Here's our track:
I'd done most of my work for today last night and early this morning, so I piloted (or, autopiloted as the case may be) while Kevin worked on an article. Not a bad office view, eh?
Bird on a log, with mountains:
The lighthouse, as we approached Active Cove on Patos Island:
Once at Patos we grabbed one of the two empty mooring buoys and then took the dinghy to shore with the quadcopter to get some low sun/sunset footage.
This island is so beautiful. This is quickly becoming my favorite spot in the San Juans. There we are on the right, in Active Cove:
Shoreline in warm light (that picnic table on the grass…that's a campsite with a fire ring):
Kevin with the quadcopter:
Man, wait til you see the footage he got!
Airship, moored in Active Cove:
Dinner tonight: chicken with a honey dijon rosemary sauce and roasted brussels sprouts with bacon and maple syrup.