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B Dock, San Juan Islands, Velkommen

A Million $$ View

No Comments 11 July 2012

Friday, July 6 was the first day of summer at Anacortes Marina. I did a double take as I looked toward “A” dock. Was Wee Lodge II adding a crow’s nest?  It looked precarious.  Acrophobiacs need not apply.   Marine Servicecenter sent Quinn Olson to the top of the mast. He made his job look easy, but I think it’s just one more reason to own a powerboat.

Cap Sante and Guemes Island are in the background of pic #1.  Mount Baker rises above Hat Island in pic #2.

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Books, Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, Velkommen

Whiskey Cove

1 Comment 13 May 2012

Whiskey Cove .  Interesting book.  And worthwhile reading just for the history lesson.  If you are familiar with the greater Seattle area, Bellingham and the San Juan Islands, the setting will seem like your backyard.  Prohibition was an exciting time (1919 to 1933), and Western Washington an exquisite backdrop for a story that spans the lifetime of one of the main characters.  Big money, organized crime, bootleggers, fast boats and plenty of quality legal alcohol just a few miles North.  Now wrap these threads within the lives of two Bellingham college students and you have all the pieces necessary for a great read.  Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Treasure Island…..mixed with a more adult college-years romantic theme

Denise Frisino has all the components on her screen to weave a really good literary tapestry.  But she is her own worst enemy.  She has all the skills of a good writer, but editing is not among them.  Descriptions are too verbose and repetitive, not compact and tight.  She is in love with her own writing, as if she were her own audience.  Then, when the really good stuff is about to happen, high tide with Nate and Jean locked in a hungry tongue-touching kiss…….. Denise turns on the cold shower and the narrative leaps to the next day.   Hey, the juicy in-between stuff is what’s important.  Turn up the heat.   What happened to all the romantic descriptive prose?  Shy?

An editor would have cut the fat from Whiskey Cove and replaced it with PASSION.

Good book, but it is really a first draft.  A good first draft; lots of potential.  The adult and adolescent themes need to expand and join like the flavors of a fine meal.  The history of Northwest rumrunning is fascinating and colorful, but it’s really background.  The dance of two young lovers is the expansive, but sadly underdeveloped, theme.  Expand on the romance and prune the prose mercilessly.  Please.

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Mount Baker, Hat Island and ‘A’ dock – in decending order

No Comments 07 December 2010

Friday, December 3 offered up a spectacular afternoon view of Mount Baker. I couldn’t resist taking a few pics. I love that dusting of snow up in the alpine.


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And I also enjoy the way Hat Island sits atop ‘A’ dock.  I have always wondered why they named it Hat Island……now I know.

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Will Your Anchor Hold?

2 Comments 28 November 2010

What do you see in this pic?  Of course you see Fidalgo Bay and the Texaco Oil Refinery on March Point.  I took the picture yesterday (11/27/2010) from the parking lot of the Anacortes Marina.  Tuesday night, (11/23/2010), there was a pretty stiff blow from the NNE.  Lots of cold air rushing down from the Fraser River valley and coming right over the top of Cap Sante and Guemes Island. The area between Cap Sante and Anacortes Marina is a popular anchorage and it is common to see several boats anchored out either overnight or for a few days. Unfortunately, a nice two-masted sailboat came loose and lodged against the northern breakwater of Anacortes Marina adjacent to “A” dock.  She was not up to the pounding from the wind and waves. I talked to diver Jim, who brought up a couple of hatches and checked out the salvage options…..probably a crane. No one was aboard, heavy fiberglass construction, something like a 36 to 40 footer. A sad Thanksiving ending for some sailors and a caution to all mariners.

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Somehow, it reminds me of that old hymn……..

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,

When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?

When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,

Will your anchor drift or firm remain?

San Juan Islands, Velkommen

Lunch at Eagle Harbor

No Comments 26 April 2010

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02-Luann2_tn The Admiral wanted to take advantage of one of the few sunny Spring days the weather-person so very generously granted the Pacific NorthWet and go for a boat ride. 02-Velkommen_tn
04-YellowBluff_tn We decided on a lap of Guemes Island with a lunch stop at Eagle Harbor. This was her first time aboard since the hull was modified by Jeff Harman at OceanAire Yachts. So it was the ultimate test to see if she liked the changes. Out Guemes Channel, around Yellow Bluff and up Bellingham Channel to Eagle Harbor on the Northeast corner of Cypress Island.
Velkommen’s new-found stablity made the Admiral happy and life is good! I wish you could have joined us for lunch. The view from the deck was marvelous and, well…..panoramic. “Aye matey, would you happen to have any Grey Poupon?”

If you open the panorama to full size you will probably have to scroll from side to side; just an attempt to magnify the freshness of a sunny April Sunday in the San Juans.  For the full effect, you just have to be there.

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