Anacortes to Bend


Jim puts on our canvas window covers and finishes closing up the boat before we leave her at the dock for a few weeks.

It’s the middle of summer cruising season, so why are we leaving our boat for a few weeks? That’s one of the challenges of having to split our time between boating and maintaining a house and yard!

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A laptop is a warm place

Rosie on laptop

I left my laptop open the other day, and found Rosie curled up on the keyboard when I came back.

Rosie is a small kitty. She weighs around 7 pounds and has a very thin body. Maybe that’s why she’s always seeking out warm places to curl up. I don’t think of my laptop as a warm place, however, if I’m away and leave the laptop open, frequently I will find her curled up on the keyboard when I come back. I guess the laptop generates just enough heat to attract her.

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Breakfast in Anacortes

Mary Ann's Smoked Salmon Scramble

The Smoked Salmon Scramble at Mary Ann’s Kitchen, served with potatoes and fruit. Great flavor!

One of the nice things about mooring our boat in Anacortes Marina is that we are in walking distance of all the stores and restaurants in downtown Anacortes. This gives us easy access to grocery stores, drug stores, hardware stores, marine stores…and also many good places to eat.

This summer we have had breakfast out at three downtown Anacortes restaurants: Mary Ann’s Kitchen, Adrift Restaurant, and Calico Cupboard Café and Bakery.

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Sunrise at Anacortes Marina

Anacortes sunrise

The boats moored at the dock are still in the dark as an early morning sunrise lights up the sky. I took this photo from our flybridge…if you look carefully, over the breakwater, you can see lights of an anchored oil tanker on the left, and lights from the refineries on the right. The outline of Mt. Baker is also visible toward the right of the skyline. What an inspiring way to start the day!

We are both Twitter subscribers (Alice at @page7ladybug and Jim at @halfwave468) and follow the Cliff Mass Weather Blog, which provides some great insight into Pacific Northwest weather.

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Anacortes Arts Festival

Anacortes Arts Festival

Street view of a few of the vendor booths at the 2012 Anacortes Arts Festival.

The 2012 Anacortes Arts Festival was held last weekend, August 3, 4, and 5. Since the festival sets up in downtown Anacortes, it is walking distance from Anacortes Marina, and we had a good opportunity to visit and walk through the vendor booths without having to deal with the limited parking space.

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Propane Alarms

Jim detaching the stove

After our propane alarm sounded, we had to replace the sensor before we could use the stove. Jim works to detach the stove so that he can pull it out to get at the sensor.

Propane is dangerous. But it’s a great source for cooking, and like lots of other boaters, we use propane for our oven and cooktop. Propane marine installations are done carefully to prevent leaks. Since propane is heavier than air, it can settle below deck and in the bilge where it can be detonated by an engine start-up or electrical spark of any kind. So, it is important to monitor the equipment and to know about any leaks as soon as possible.

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