We picked up Eric & Tammy at Ivar’s Salmon House and anchored at the South end of Lake Union for the fireworks. It was just us and about 1000 other boats. The afternoon started out rainy, and then turned cool and breezy. The Coot swings back and forth at anchor, scaring us and anyone with the temerity to anchor in the vicinity. Eric and I stood guard all evening with the boat pole to keep us from having a bump in the night. When we dropped Tammy & Eric at Ivar’s afterwards I got permission from the manager to tie up at their dock for the night – so we did!
Monday was a holiday. We woke at the dock and motored to Ballard for breakfast and then through the locks to the salt water. Our first lock transit in the new boat! It went well. We went across the Sound to Kingston, about an hour from Shilshole. The sun came out and we saw some Dall’s Porpoises, which look like tiny Orca whales. We tied up at the guest dock (2 hours free), and wandered around the pretty little town. We ended up at a nice bar with a view deck. Inside the bar they were playing bingo. Pizza and beer, and then back home the same way, getting into the slip after dark.
Behind the bar was one of the biggest Madrona trees we’ve ever seen.