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Happy New Year!

We celebrated New Year's Eve last night in Prevost Harbor on Stuart Island. We met up with some friends (Dan and Eileen, and their Nordic Tug 32 "Fortunate") on their boat for happy hour and then dinner. Dan and Eileen made a delicious risotto with chicken and we brought champagne and salad and asparagus. It was a fun night! We took no photos at Stuart Island…and there were no visible northern lights last night either. I set the alarm for a few times in the middle of the night, but no luck. Oh well. Guess we'll just have to go back to Alaska for that!

The outboard on the dinghy died yesterday afternoon (while Kevin was out pulling in the crab pots, and our last crab of 2015), so he spent some time this morning in Prevost Harbor trying to diagnose that. At about 1pm we headed back over to Sucia Island and we're now moored in Fox Cove.


More clear mountain views on our way over:


After a bit more work on the outboard here, we did some testing and took the dinghy over to the beach. It ran okay, but it's going to need some work. (We think it's a ruptured fuel pump diaphragm.) We walked around a bit on shore and then headed back to Airship (and got there just as the motor died, again):


Heron in late afternoon light:


There are two sailboats on the other two mooring balls in here, and it's calm and gorgeous out. Dinner tonight will be chicken curry over some rice noodles with green beans. I'm wingin' it as far as the recipe goes, but look at this galley view!


Hope everyone had a great holiday, and here's to another year of exploration!