We wrapped up our boating activities last week and have returned to Bend. We spent a little over a month in Anacortes working on boat maintenance and projects. We had hoped to be able to get the boat out to the islands for some late season cruising, but working on our projects took most of the time we had available to be away from home…plus we had about 10 days of really miserable weather and we had to take advantage of the good weather days to get our work done.
This past week we walked down to Cap Sante Marina and explored Rotary Park and Cap Sante Park. We found a trail that took us to the top of Cap Sante where we enjoyed some magnificent views! Most days, we also continued our walks along the Tommy Thompson Trail, and enjoyed watching the fall colors emerge on the trees along the way. And we had one last dinner at Brown Lantern.
Fall in the Pacific Northwest is our favorite time of year, and we were happy that the weather improved the last week we were in Anacortes…and happy that we’re back in Bend with nice fall weather as well. As it turns out, the fog in Anacortes got increasingly thicker and more persistent after we left. However, the weather in Central Oregon has been delightful…sunny with temps in the high 60s and low 70s—perfect fall weather.
We had an easy drive home. Didn’t think that would be the case, however. Our early morning Internet check of driving conditions that morning turned up a construction delay on I-90 near Ellensburg that indicated we would have about an hour delay. Wow, that would make our 8-9 hour drive about 9-10 hours! There also was a Seahawks game in Seattle that started in the early afternoon, so we had crossed off going down I-5. But, after thinking about the longer drive if we went through Yakima versus the shorter drive south on I-5 and then on U.S. 26 over Mt. Hood, we changed our minds and decided to take the I-5 route.
It took us a while to get organized for the drive in the morning, and we didn’t leave Anacortes until almost noon. So, the Seahawks game had already started and we missed any traffic congestion due to the football game, plus the express lanes were open (left-over from the earlier expected football traffic), so we breezed through Seattle. The fog had lifted by the time we left, and the weather continued to be sunny with calm wind all the way. Traffic was light too. We ended up with a 7-hour trip—one of the shortest we’ve ever made!
Now that we’re back in Bend, we’re getting plugged back in to life here and catching up with things in our house. We will be planning a trip back to Anacortes in a couple of months to run systems and check everything on the boat.