Sunday, December 25, 2016

Still Hunting November in Seattle 2016

Still Hunting November in Seattle 2016

The hunt for the "Most Perfect Vessel" continues through November. But there are other activities to offer distractions from boat hunting. Clara is due soon so helping the parents in the 9th month and her 3 year old brother stay busy, fill all the extra time. November brings plenty of traditional Seattle rain and a storm or two passing through as they start their march across the U.S. One of the many things that makes every day special here is living in the valley between the Olympic and Cascade Mountains along Puget Sound. The beauty is a constantly evolving weather, colors and more or less sunlight. Fall is ever present and winter is looming for some and highly anticipated by others who can't wait to spend as much time as possible in the higher elevations. 

Occasionally there is a story of one who test this out.

The mom building the nest.

Finally got to meet Duane on his Catalina 36 at Queen City Yacht Club. Since we are interested in a C36 Duane offered to show me around his vessel. My good sailing buddy has spent several summers sailing Puget Sound and beyond as crew with Duane. Great to have some more local knowledge! 

Baroque and Wine, one of my favorites at Benoroya Hall

Thought we had one, but Felicity failed the test.

Very proud of our oldest grandaughter recieving an award at her high school in Austin.

Whatever she does, the world will be a better place.

Pretty cool that she chose her Great Grandfather for a high school assignment. 

Tinkergarten at Woodland Park. This class is outside no mater what the weather is.

Today the class is in a leanto, the tea is hot. 

Moss Head

Fall colors breaking out.

It's a Peanuts Thanksgiving ni the pumpkin patch.

Teaching Sailing in the rain is the best.

Wow, we came back from dead last to the playoffs!

I like this model of Mainship

Promises to be a great season of snow

Our collection of research in the hunt for the Most Perfect Vessel.

Appears to be a converted work boat.

I walk down the street side of this pier often but I noticed these guys fishing from a out of sight spot. 

I walked down and hung out with them a couple of times. They are a group of Asians who show up here everyday after work around 5pm to fish for squid. You can see by the color of the concrete surface below them that they have been doing this for a number of years. 

Drew has a weekly music class in the EMP museum
Jimi Hendrix exhibit is my favorite.

This exhibit was built by a German scupture, it mechanically plays Jimi Hendrix's" If 6 was 9"

We cfhecked out a sailboat named "Algonquin"

If it ain't raining much then its a good time to get out for a walk. The days are also getting shorter so enjoy what daylight is left at the end of the day. The next 8 pics were taken along the same walk during sunset time. 


Then we took a few shots of the Super Moon

At the Earshot Jazz Volunteer appreciation dinner, drinks and concert.

Donner and Blitzen resting up for a busy season. I heard they ordered all their gifts through Amazon.


These old tugs are still working hard from here to Alaska.

The November Election was foggy.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

October in Seattle 2016

October in Seattle 2016
The rainiest October in recorded history in the PNW. But it was still warm by Seattle standards. The sun did shine and on those moments and even in the rain we got out and enjoyed October. We continued our boat hunt but after the disappointment of "Felicity" we have slowed down on that front and keep it from dominating our time. The anticipation of our 4th grandchild is taking over. Clara is due soon and so the nest is being made ready by the Peanuts crew. Drew has named us all Peanut characters, I am Linus and the Admiral is Lucy, Mom is Charlie Brown and Dad is Sally, Drew is Snoopy. His about to be born sister is Woodstock.

Seattle building Boom has not stopped, still going strong the three years we have been here..

Some of Seattle's finest musicians are born at Cornish college, need to make time to see some free concerts.

Ships have been coming into the harbor regularly to load up on gravel.

So many different views of Mt. Rainier

The alasken fishing fleet is returning to Seattle for the winter.

Dreaming of being right there soon.

One last in the water boat show on Lake Union.

This is the best part.

This famous trawler is still for sale, first noticed it two years ago at the Seattle Boat Show.

Should just sell everything and buy this Kady Krogen.

Another unexpected opportunity to see George Winston performing his timeless compositions at Benaroya Hall 

Big D goes to music class at the EMP, a great place to hang out for the mornings.

Ships from all over the world coming in for USA grain. this empty bulk cargo carrier is waiting for its turn at the grain dock.

Still hard to imagine that it takes about 50,000 acres just to fill one up.
Foss Tug pushing a loaded vessel off the grain dock.

The Seattle Art Museum, always free on first Thursday's.

Great Boat name

Who needs a job?

The main reason the $15.00 minimum pay passed so easily here in Seattle is the pay was already heading in that direction due to the extreme need for help in Seattle.why bother with $15 an hour when you can make well over $100K a year writing code?

Fall is real here

Makes the Mural at Seattle Center.

The biggest storm since the 60's was forecast to hit Seattle

It was windy

and all the stores were cleared of batteries, flashlights

and candles.

Even extreme high tides, but the storm veered to the North sparing widespread distruction.

October is the best time to see the salmon return to spawn. The closest place is the Cedar River just South of Seattle. The salmon return from the Pacific Ocean, swim through the lake Washington ship canal to Lake Washington and then up the Cedar River. Seattle Aquarium post staff at four different areas along the river to inform and guide the public through this incredible season of spawning:

The male stands guard as the female clears off a spot to lay her eggs. He then fertilizes the eggs. Out of approx. 3000 eggs.less than 4% return to spawn abut 7 years later.

and then their life's work is done and they both die off and float back down the river to provide nourishment to trees, other sea life and the natural habitat.

The Washington State fisheries collect truckloads of salmon to insure that a certain percentage of the eggs survive. A few years back some major floods destroyed a years worth of eggs. So now they are proactively protecting the sport fisherman and commercial fisherman as well. 

Two guys net the male/female pairs


They pass them off to other crew in boot shaped containers.

They are then placed in to seperate tanks, one for males, one for females and then hurriedly taken off to man made spawning tanks.

Our boat search has been narrowed to 35'-37' sailboats. After viewing "Leap of Faith" we crossed off 35' vessels.

The Salon area  could accommodate for perhaps a weekend or even a week.

But this 35 was a bit roomier, I really liked it.

But it had a Volvo Penta Sail drive. After some research we learned they are a bit more maintenance needy and ;every few years require replacement of the rubber  boot/gasket that surrounds the lower unit. It is a very big hole in the bottom of the vessel that you would never want to hit something.

Martti and Cookie stop by for a quick visit on the waty to Friday Harbor, San Juan Isl.

The veggies are in credible up here.
Mt. Rainier and the Cascades are always inspirational.