We had a wonderful summer boating on Nordic Song. As we had limited internet access, as well as the death of Darlene’s laptop, we weren’t able to share many updates throughout the summer. While we’ll try to provide some highlights later, today we want to share a quick recap, as well as a highlights of a great experience we had with nature this summer.
This summer was a check out summer of our new boat, Nordic Song. We both agreed we are glad we decided to get a larger boat, given we spend all summer boating. Needless to say, we are still very happy with the decision to go with a Nordic Tug 42. And, we honestly feel that the stars aligned for us to get the particular boat of our dreams, with only ~100 hours on her. That is why we consider this particular summer to be a check out summer, to try to get to know a new boat, as well as trouble shoot any issues with a boat that had such few hours on her. While we did have to replace the house batteries, we had relatively few minor issues while cruising, and a few items that we want to change for next year. Overall, she handled well and we found her very comfortable to cruise on.
We spent a good part of the summer in the Broughtons, but also visited favorite spots along the way, as well as found plenty of new spots in the various cruising grounds (e.g. North of Desolation Sound, Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands, and San Juan Islands).
We did a crew change out the last week, where Darlene spent a week with Leslie (SIL) and Rodney (BIL) and Brad spent a week cruising in the San Juan Islands.
The boat is now on the hard (dry land) and we are going thru the traditional end of summer cleaning and will winterize the boat, before we leave. In the meantime, we are also enjoying our time visiting with( Rodney & Leslie, as well as other friends in the area.
One of our favorite things about cruising the Pacific Northwest (PNW) is seeing nature in all her beauty, including the wildlife. We saw plenty of whales, bears, eagles and other birds. We also saw a small hawk swoop down to catch a small seabird, as they crashed into the water and the hawk had to flap it wings to swim to shore, before giving up on his catch. But our absolutely highlight this summer was our experience with a large pod of dolphins, over a two day window while on anchor in the Broughtons.
Our first encounter with these dolphins was while we were out on a dinghy ride, where we enjoyed watching the dolphins jump, as well as “bump” our dinghy to play with us. Later, they came further into the anchorage where we could observe them from our boat. And, there were multiple times where they raced around our boat, while on anchor. It was definitely an amazing experience that we will never forget.
Here is a video that Brad made to share this experience with you. If you have head phones, you may want to plug them in and turn up the volume to also enjoy the music while viewing the video.
Definitely a fun Dolphin Days of summer experience for us this year that we will never forget.
We hope you have also had a wonderful summer.