Seems like this is a perfect time to introduce Nordic Song and provide an update on what we are up to this summer. You may recall last summer we sent El Bucanero (our previous loved boat) off to live (and be loved) by a wonderful couple that live in Juneau, Alaska. We delivered “Bucky” to them in Ketchikan, leaving us “boatless”, till this past Spring when we found the perfect boat for our extended Pacific Northwest Cruising. To clarify, El Bucanero (Wilbur 34) was truly a perfect boat for us, but when it comes to spending all summer cruising in the PNW we both agreed it was time for a larger boat. So, we were delighted when we found a Nordic Tug 42, with ~100 hours on it for sale.
While, like Bucky, we keep Nordic Song on the hard in Anacortes, WA, we launched her early June and have been focusing on shakedown cruising, which includes time to get to know a different boat. Still loads to learn, but we’re now more comfortable, but still have items to troubleshoot. Needless to say, we’ve both fallen in love with Nordic Song and have been enjoying the summer cruising, in amazing PNW weather.
We are currently in Lagoon Cove, BC, which is part of the Broughton Archipelago which has been one of our favorite places. And Lagoon Cove remains one of our “must” visit places every year. Ownership changed hands late last summer and we are thrilled that the new owners are making changes, to make it their own style, while also respecting the history. There are scenic walking and hiking trails, beautiful scenery, great areas for fishing, crabbing, prawning, as well as super fun pot luck socials nightly and tonight we had a yummy prawn fest.
For those that are out on the water for long periods of time, Lagoon Cove also provides a great reason to visit that you can’t find all that often, the further North you cruise. The PNW is pretty much a “pack it in/pack it out” type of place. Large communities may offer trash services, but for the most part you need to carry your trash until you can find appropriate places to dispose. Lagoon Cove offers a “burn barrel” where you can take care of burnable trash. Needless to say, we had a very large bag of burnables to take off the boat.
We are both getting to know the new boat, which means learning new mechanical and electronic systems. To clarify, that also includes a new “larger and more powerful” dinghy. I think Brad really likes the “go fast” power of the dinghy.
We don’t have a formal schedule for cruising this year. All pretty easy going: go North till we decide it is time to turn around and go home. This means we will explore new areas, as well as visit some of our favorite places.
Here are some highlights:
Anacortes, Fidalgo Island – launched on Friday, June 10th, met our boat broker on Saturday for time to go thru the boat for much needed Q&A. Anchored Saturday night in Blind Bay, Shaw Island (San Juan Islands).
While we cruised on to Garrison Bay, San Juan Island and enjoyed more nights on anchor, we concluded the main house batteries were not working. We called our “Master Boat Magician” Gordy, and made arrangements to meet him in Skyline Marina, Anacortes, Fidalgo Island, where we had new house batteries installed.
We then headed out for more cruising in the San Juan Islands and once we verified things were working, we pushed North into the Gulf Islands, British Columbia. We cleared customs in Bedwell (Pender Island), Ganges (Salt Spring Island) Montague Harbor (Galiano Island), visited friends in Ladysmith (Vancouver Island), Nanaimo, Pender (BC Mainland), Squirrel Cove (Cortes Island), Octopus, Forward, on to Lagoon Cove. We’ll continue North spending time on anchor in the Broughtons, before we pop in to Port McNeil (Vancouver Island) to get fuel and provision. For now, we want to close by letting everyone know we are fine, Nordic Song is doing great, we have amazing weather for cruising and we hope you are having a wonderful summer too! Here are some more photos that we hope will give you more insight on why we love cruising in the PNW.
There are so many areas of cruising in the PNW and find them all beautiful, yet different. The views are always amazing.
Hiking thru forests for perfect daily Zen.
Nature is awesome:
We feel very fortunate to be able to do what we do, to see what we see. We know there are no guarantees for how long we may have such an opportunity, and that there are also many choices in life for how and where we spend our time. For us, the PNW is where we want to be. At the same time, we also miss being able to visit more with friends and family that are elsewhere. But we do appreciate hearing from everyone via text, emails, or cell and we hope you too are having a wonderful summer.
BTW – We don’t plan on frequent blog posts this summer. Actually, awhile back I thought we’d not be posting on this blog any more. But with a new boat, comes new experiences. Thus, I think we’ll periodically use this blog to provide a few updates. While you can check this blog url for updates, you may want to “sign up” for updates via the option in the upper right hand column. Wordpress allows you to use your email to sign up to receive email updates when we do share such. I’m not sure technically how it works, but want to encourage those interested in receiving such updates to try that feature. If you have problems let Darlene know and we’ll try to help.
MORNING UPDATE: We decided to spend one more night here in Lagoon Cove, before heading North. It rained a little bit last night, but we hope to be able to get a hike in today, as well as spend more time visiting with other boaters on the docks. And we’ll probably get more shrimp tonight too! Yeah!!!