Back to the boat

smith rock

We’re heading back to our boat! Shortly after we left Bend, we passed Smith Rock State Park on our way north on Highway 97.

After almost four weeks in Central Oregon, we finished the yard work at our house and returned to our boat in Anacortes Marina for some fall cruising. We had a good weather day for the 450-mile drive. Road construction and maintenance projects delayed us from time to time, but otherwise we had no complications.

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Anacortes to Bend

phoenix_covers_on_at_dock

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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Bend to Anacortes

Heading north on US-97 north of Madras

We found a brief dry period on our way north on US-97 north of Madras.

Rosie in the car

Rosie curled up in the kitty cup for some of the drive.

Wind turbines in the Gorge

Hundreds of wind turbines line the horizon looking toward the Columbia River Gorge.

Columbia River Gorge looking east

Columbia River Gorge at Biggs Junction looking east

Vineyards at Maryhill Winery, Goldendale, WA

Vineyards at Maryhill Winery, Goldendale, WA

Wind turbines line the highway in Goldendale

Wind turbines line the highway in Goldendale

Toppenish, WA, looking east from U.S. 97

Toppenish, WA, looking east from U.S. 97

Mickey in the car

Mickey’s turn to ride in the kitty cup

Stormy sky near Snoqualmie Pass

Storm clouds build near Snoqualmie Pass

Blue sky and a nice sunset approaching Interstate 5

Blue sky and a nice sunset are a welcome change as we approach the junction of I-405 and I-5

Phoenix at Anacortes Marina

In our slip in Anacortes Marina the next day, Phoenix looks great in the setting sun.

Time to head to the boat! It’s about a 9-hour drive from our house in Bend to our boat in Anacortes if we drive north through Yakima and then west over Snoqualmie Pass. We prefer going that way because we can avoid heavy truck traffic and backups on I-5, so that’s the way we came this time.

We tried to get on the road early in the day, but, as usual, it took longer than we expected to get the car loaded and close up the house, so we didn’t actually leave until 1 PM. The late start meant that our arrival in Anacortes was later than we’d like. Fortunately at this time of the year the days are long enough that it’s light until almost 10 PM, so it wasn’t completely dark when we got to the marina.

It was a stormy weather day for our drive. It was raining and hailing in Bend as we loaded the last of our stuff into the car, and we had a mixture of rain and sun for the entire drive. The worst part was from Snoqualmie Pass to Issaquah, where we encountered rain that was heavy enough to pool up on the road and cause some hydroplaning.

As we headed north through Kirkland on 405, the skies were clearing, and by the time we reached Everett and points north, we had clear skies. When we arrived at our marina, we felt lucky to arrive at high tide, making it easier to carry our things down the dock ramp to the boat.