Boatbuilding Blog

September 5, 2010

Duwamish Trip

Filed under: Longer Trips — tomlarkin @ 2:03 am

Just a weekend trip to look for birds and tugboats on the Duwamish river. This is Seattle’s main working waterfront. The river drains into Elliott Bay at downtown Seattle. In the midst of the concrete and pollution (it’s a Superfund site) is a small  bird sanctuary island – Kellogg Island. We tied to a piling for the night and tried out our new inflatable dinghy. In the morning we went across the Sound to Winslow town for lunch and window shopping. We got back to the marina as it got dark on Sunday night. Pretty nice.

Meryll took lots of pictures of tugboats.
Meryll taking pictures

A Salutation of Cranes
A Salutation of Cranes

Bird-watching off the bow.
Coot boat bow from above 

Baby Mergansers run on top of the water as a group when they’re startled.
Baby Mergansers

We stern-tied to the piling. She’s more stable in a breeze this way, and we want to try this out at anchor. It was low tide at 2 AM and this dolphin towered above the boat. We were surrounded by mud flats at low tide, with Killdeers running around in the weeds.
Coot Boat

Me at the helm of our new $300 West Marine dingy.

Peaceful anchorage.
Coot boat at anchor

Kellogg Island (pdf) (from the Seattle Urban Nature website):


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