|Olympic Mountains as seen from first run on First Light|
Our Pacific Northwest adventure begins in Port Hadlock Marina, a small private marina seven miles south of Port Townsend,WA on the Olympic Peninsula. We bought the boat in Everette, but chose to move across the Puget Sound to Port Hadlock which is supposedly in a rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains and gets half the rain fall as the Seattle area does. We'll see about that. There sure is a lot of moss growing on trees and houses! Its very lush and green with ferns and rhododendrons growing everywhere!
|Two Dogs on watch.|
We are docked, learning how to drive a trawler, cleaning, staining and general move aboard kind of stuff and walking the dogs.... and walking the dogs, again! This marina is far off the shore and you walk a long dock to get to the boat slips. There are 250 steps to shore on this LONG gang plank dock...so several trips each day is a lot of steps...do the math!
|Port Hadlock Marina, WA|
Because of the ebb and flow of the tides in this area, a low tide sucks out the water is the bays and leaves a massive mud flat ...sometimes the low tide is a 15ft difference from high tide mark. This makes for huge mud flats during low tide. Great for oyster farming and clamming. Many private oyster farm bags are scattered around. The beach becomes a big mud field, perfect for the dogs to run and get dirty! Ughh. Cruising around here is carefully planned by timing the ebb and flow of the tides. Also, there are strong currents flowing between land masses and islands that must be considered when planning any trip. On Captain John's ride over from Everette, he clocked 12 knots on a flow tide through the narrow Port Hadlock channel. That's flying!
|The dock is 250 steps to shore...do the math!|
|Relaxing in the Port Townsend Brewing Company beer garden.|
|I'll drink to that!|
|Dungeness crab is plentiful and delicious!|
|Home made fish tacos!|
|Oysters for $7 a doz at local farm!|
|New bank of 6 V golf batteries!|
|Sunset over Port Hadlock|