January 28, 2012
November 7, 2011
We spent Friday night on the boat, leaving the marina under a waxing gibbous moon at 10:30 in the evening. We tied up to the Ivar’s Salmon House floating dock at midnight. Since they were closed we figured they wouldn’t mind. At 6 AM Meryll got a call to do some maintenance work so we had to find a Starbucks with wifi in a hurry. We crossed Lake Union to Terry Pettus Park, arriving in the dark. It has this little dock. You have to know it’s there. We walked up the hill to the coffee shop and she did whatever it was she does (I think it has something to do with computers).
September 2, 2011
We spent a couple of hot weekends anchored out by the buoys near the Arboretum. Last Sunday evening a water cop very nicely told us that it’s illegal to anchor there and not to do it again. Too bad, it’s a great place to hang out.
July 18, 2011
We’ve done a lot of day trips and weekend outings lately. Here are some pretty pictures, in no particular order.
May 29, 2011
I took the boat to Carillon in the morning, then Sean, Jim, and I went for a cruise to Leschi for dinner. We went along the shore of Hunts Point and Medina to gawk at the fancy houses, including Bill Gates’ very tasteful house. On the way across to Leschi, we got chased down by Lew Barrett in Rita, on a pre-wedding party and reception cruise for Tim Yeadon, who was getting married the next day.
May 16, 2011
We left the house late on Friday evening and spent the night on the UW buoys. In the morning we stopped at Pete’s grocery for coffee and fancy snacks, then picked up a friend of Meryll, Mark, from the Center for Wooden Boats dock. As we waited there, I casually put my foot out to slow down a small boat that was approaching, slipped, and fell head-first into the boat. Saved my coffee though! Embarrassing and somewhat painful. It could easily have been a lot worse.
We were kept 600 yards from shore – so far away that we had trouble seeing the actual races. I watched them from shore last year, and it was much more exciting.
February 9, 2011
After a late start on Saturday afternoon we motored in a light rain to South Lake Union for dinner at Agua Verde and then drinks at Chandlers Crabhouse where I read a programming book on the iPad and Meryll connected to her work computer from her Linux netbook. A pleasant geeky evening. Then we went to the Ballard public dock and tied up for the night. Very cold and rainy evening. It rained all night.
In the morning we realized the boat next to us on the dock was abandoned. The notice on the window was a week old. The boat was unlocked and open, but didn’t seem to be vandalized yet. The boat was in pretty good shape although the lower unit of the outdrive was removed.
In the morning we motored around the ship canal and then to Terry Pettus park next to the houseboats on the east side of the lake. We walked to Pete’s grocery for junk food and up to Eastlake for coffee.
January 5, 2011
I went down to take a ride in the boat on Monday morning and this is what I saw – ice all the way to the end of the dock. When a wake came in, the ice made an eerie creaking sound almost like high-pitched bird calls.
I tried backing out anyway, but it was like trying to drive through a solid wall. I only made it a few feet. I was worried the ice would grind off the hull paint so I gave up and just hung out on the boat for a few hours. With the heat on.
(Alternate title: “I’m Iced Is!”, but no one would know what I was talking about.)
Noisy ice video…
November 26, 2010
I took this on the way to work last week. It’s on Lake Washington heading south. You can see Rainier in the distance, and Sand Point to the right. Gordon Bok on the stereo.
November 6, 2010
Just another day at the office.