My inside passage a list of ways to make money cruise, part 1 bellingham to nanaimo an eclectic mind

If you’ve found this blog post while googling for information about a list of ways to make money big cruise ships in the inside passage, I’m sorry to disappoint you. My cruise was on a 65-foot historic wooden boat. But don’t click away! Read a little more about it or at least look a list of ways to make money at the photos. And then consider a trip on the david B or a list of ways to make money another small ship like it instead of an impersonal floating a list of ways to make money city. It’ll be a trip you remember for the rest of a list of ways to make money your life.

The past nine or so months has been a crazy a list of ways to make money travel time for me. A 4-day trip to the washington coast and tacoma for a a list of ways to make money jewelry class in september. An 18-day trip to new york, washington DC, and vermont in september and october to visit family and a list of ways to make money friends and see the sights. A 3+-month trip to arizona and california in december through march. And then a real vacation: 12 days aboard a small, historic ship called the david B as it cruised slowly a list of ways to make money up the inside passage from bellingham, WA to ketchikan, AK at the end of april and into may.

And this trip did not disappoint me in the least. I learned a ton about navigation, small boat cruising, tidal impacts, salt water boat maintenance, customs requirements, and “camping” on the water — which is basically what we did. I see small boats like the david B and the a list of ways to make money ranger tug R-27 I’m considering for my own use to be seaworthy rvs a list of ways to make money — recreational vehicles for use on the water. Like a motorhome, a boat with living space is a vehicle you can a list of ways to make money use to travel from place to place with a degree a list of ways to make money of flexibility, privacy, and comfort. What makes the boat I want different from the david a list of ways to make money B (other than size: 65 feet vs. 27 feet) is that mine can be easily trailered from place to a list of ways to make money place giving it almost unlimited options for exploration in fresh a list of ways to make money and salt water. What I learned on the david B can easily be a list of ways to make money applied to any serious boating I do in the future.

I won’t bore you with details of my pre-trip travel. The short version is that it involved a flight from a list of ways to make money wenatchee to seattle to bellingham. I saw no reason to make the 4-hour drive to bellingham when the trip wasn’t going to finish there. Instead, I bought plane tickets from wenatchee to my starting point a list of ways to make money in bellingham with return flights from my ending point in a list of ways to make money ketchikan to wenatchee.

I spent the night in an airbnb room that was a list of ways to make money cheap and walking distance (barely) from the marina where I’d get the boat the next day. It was also the smallest room I’d ever slept in (which turned out to be good preparation for my cabin a list of ways to make money on the david B). I did a lot of walking on that tuesday, making the trek down to anthony’s restaurant where I ate oysters two ways and had a list of ways to make money wine and dessert — entirely too much food. I then walked along the marina until I found where a list of ways to make money the david B was parked before walking back to my a list of ways to make money lodging.

The next day, I took a lyft to bellingham’s art district with my giant rolling bag, had coffee in one restaurant, and breakfast in another. I then took a short walk, dragging the bag behind me, visiting a few antique stores to buy old sterling silver a list of ways to make money and silver plate tableware that I thought might be turned a list of ways to make money into nice rings. Finally, as the time to board got closer, I called another lyft to take me the mile or a list of ways to make money so to the pier. If my bag wasn’t so damn big, I probably would have walked.

I was a half hour early but they let me a list of ways to make money board anyway. I wasn’t the first passenger to arrive. I met sarah, who is in charge of reservations and other office stuff a list of ways to make money in bellingham briefly before she left. Captain jeffrey introduced himself and helped me wrestle my bag a list of ways to make money down the stairs to where the cabins were. There were five of them, including a crew cabin, and they were tiny. Mine had a queen sized bed, a head with toilet and sink, two portholes (one of which was in the head), and enough space for me to stand next to the a list of ways to make money bed. There was space under the bed for my bag, but about a third of it was occupied with manufactured a list of ways to make money logs, which I later learned were for the wood burning stove a list of ways to make money in the galley. They bring up a whole summer’s supply of logs and one of the other cabins a list of ways to make money was full of them. I had enough space, but it would have been challenging if I was a a list of ways to make money very large person or was traveling with a friend. Other cabins had different configurations and were better suited to a list of ways to make money couples. Mine was fine for me.

Before long, I met my fellow passengers: graeme from australia and david and leslie from kettle falls. Graeme was a wooden boat fan who had made the a list of ways to make money trip the centerpiece of a visit to the american northwest a list of ways to make money and alaska. David and leslie had just purchased a C-dory 22 — coincidentally, the same boat my ex-friend at lopez island had that got me interested in a list of ways to make money small boat cruising two years before — and david was very interested in learning more about navigation a list of ways to make money since they’d just bought a home in bellingham and I suspect a list of ways to make money he planned to move the boat there.

I followed captain jeffrey down a ladder to the engine a list of ways to make money room and stood out of the way while he squirted a list of ways to make money oil into more places than I could count before doing a list of ways to make money a bunch of other things and then finally bringing the a list of ways to make money engine to life. I had questions but didn’t want to ask. He reminded me of a pilot preflighting an aircraft and a list of ways to make money if there’s one thing a serious pilot hates, it’s being interrupted doing a preflight. Then we both climbed back up and I told him a list of ways to make money I’d watch again, which I did the next morning.

Backing the david B out of its slip was probably a list of ways to make money the most challenging job; those of us who wanted to help were given big a list of ways to make money bumpers to separate the boat from other boats or dock a list of ways to make money parts if we drifted too close to something. But captain jeffrey had it covered. Backwards and forwards and backwards and forwards, he inched the 65 feet of wooden boat out and a list of ways to make money into the space between the slips. Then we were on our way while various friends and a list of ways to make money family members waved us off from the dock.

The day had started to cloud over and get a a list of ways to make money bit chilly, but there wasn’t much wind and the san juan islands area we a list of ways to make money wound through was only a bit choppy. (I had my sea bands on for a while, just in case.) we were all excited about starting off and, after a lunch of hearty chicken soup and salad, spent a lot of time out on the deck or a list of ways to make money in the pilot house watching the san juan islands drift a list of ways to make money by and chatting about the homes we saw on shore. The david B literally chugged along under the power of a list of ways to make money its 90-year-old 3 cylinder engine, averaging about 6 to 7 knots of speed. We saw a few other boats, including some large tankers and freighters when we crossed the a list of ways to make money rosario strait. And there were ferry boats, of course.

I’d prepared for the trip by downloading, installing, and subscribing to an ipad app called time zero (TZ) iboat. Throughout the trip, I had tracking turned on so it kept track of a list of ways to make money our exact route. (yes, I know I’m a geek.) looking back at that track now, I can tell you that we passed south of eliza, lummi, and sinclair islands; between obstruction and cypress island through peavine pass; between orcas and shaw islands in harney channel; north of crane island; south of jones island; and then into roche harbor on san juan island. We passed the main harbor and wound through some channels a list of ways to make money before finally settling for the night at the mouth of a list of ways to make money garrison bay, which was named for nearby english camp.

By this time, christine was cooking dinner in the amazing galley. I say “amazing” because she was using a wood-fired stove and I personally can’t imagine dealing with the intricacies of such a device a list of ways to make money after a lifetime of gas, electric, and microwave cooking power. Because the boat had a generator and inverter, she had all the usual appliances — mixer, blender, ice cream maker. There were several refrigerators and freezers. The only thing she didn’t have was a dishwasher, but we all took turns washing the dishes after meals.

After dinner, we spent some time discussing the next day’s cruise, which would take us into canada. Part of the trip was a passage through dodd narrows, a narrow space between mudge and vancouver islands that was a list of ways to make money well known for dangerous eddies during tidal flows. We had to plan our arrival at slack tide, a narrow window when the eddies were minimized. If we arrived too early or late, we’d have to wait on the south side of the a list of ways to make money narrows. An early arrival wasn’t a big deal but a late one would have a list of ways to make money us waiting for hours until the next safe time to a list of ways to make money pass through. This was my first introduction to the concept of tidal a list of ways to make money currents and it came with a lesson on how to a list of ways to make money use various reference guides to calculate when slack tide would a list of ways to make money occur.

Not long afterward, we all turned in for the night. I quickly realized that the walls were paper thin and a list of ways to make money I could hear everything leslie and david said to each a list of ways to make money other. They didn’t say anything embarrassing, but I made some noise so they knew how thin a list of ways to make money the walls were. I suspect they figured it out — probably from hearing me snore! — because they didn’t talk much on subsequent nights. Day 2: bellingham to nanaimo

I spent some time lounging in bed with my ipad, which is what I do at home, too. I still had internet access — heck, we were in the san juan islands. Around 5:30, I heard movement upstairs and went up in my pajamas a list of ways to make money to see what was going on. Christine had stoked up the stove and made coffee. I hung around in the kitchen for a while with a list of ways to make money my coffee, then went down to put real clothes on. The other passengers appeared one by one. Christine made us a frittata with asparagus (leftover from the previous night), fruit, granola, and yogurt. (the last three would be at every breakfast.) she didn’t have any orange juice, but I did have an orange to start pumping vitamin a list of ways to make money C into my system.

The day was beautiful and the water was glassy smooth. I launched my drone for the first time to get a list of ways to make money some aerial views of the boat. I was a little skittish about flying it over water a list of ways to make money after my lopez island crash, but I faced my fears. There was a big clear area on the roof of a list of ways to make money the saloon and that’s where I launched from. I did not rely on auto-land to bring it back.

I was told that there was a supermarket nearby, so I set off alone in search of orange juice a list of ways to make money and vitamin C tablets. I had $40 in canadian money with me and the goal of a list of ways to make money not being identified as an american. I found the supermarket and accomplished my mission with a a list of ways to make money credit card so I could save the cash for someplace a list of ways to make money that didn’t take credit cards, also returning to the boat with a bottle of canadian a list of ways to make money club whiskey and a reusable shopping bag.

In the afternoon there was some excitement when a kayaker a list of ways to make money capsized about 30 feet from the boat. He couldn’t right the boat and he was hanging on in a list of ways to make money water that had to be icy cold. We got a line to throw to him while christine a list of ways to make money called the coast guard. One of his companions paddled back and helped him to a list of ways to make money the dock in front of the boat. Fortunately, he’d been wearing a wet suit so he wasn’t that cold. But they went into a panic when they realized another a list of ways to make money kayaker was missing. They later found him back at their starting point at a list of ways to make money a nearby island; he’d turned around when he realized the seas were too a list of ways to make money rough for him.

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