CYC Winter Speaker Series

I will be presenting  “A Flicka to Windward” on Friday, February 17 @ 7pm @ the CYC Clubhouse at Shilshole Marina. Click on the line for more details. Thanks.



Wildlife in the Backyard

A Kingfisher, a dragonfly and a brood of ducks went into a bar….

Living on the water might give you the best wildlife experience you could hope for living in an urban area. This is just a sampling. Other regulars are fish like salmon, bass and more I can’t identify. We have a heron as a regular visitor and osprey feeding. Geese, seagulls, terns, crows, beaver and otters come through too. To be honest, rats are abundant also. I watched a heron eat a rat one day and I found a dead weasel in my storage unit. Weasels eat rats. I had never seen a weasel before and I had to look that up on the internet.DucklingsDragonflyKingfisher

Thanks to Google Earth and Garmin, you have the answer. I have only given out small bits of information so far. If you are local to Seattle, come to my Sailing Presentation for a more personal account. I think I am better in person.West Coast 2016Invitation 2016

This is at the Poulsbo Yacht Club. Apparently it is that time of the year. These seals are on a log raft right next to the marina. They will often give birth right on the docks.

I circumnavigated Effingham Island while anchored in Effingham Bay. The back side of the island was the weather side with rock formations and a sea arch that I paddled the kayak through. In the photo, you can see the swell pushing through, so it took a bit of timing. There is also a beach, an old native village site, with a plethora of tide pools and cool marine life.IMG_2266IMG_2268

Ocean Sailing

Leaving Hot Springs Cove and sailing on the outside of Flores Island was my farthest offshore passage. I was about 6.5 NM off at my furthest. There was just enough following wind to fill the sails and overcome the rolling of the boat from the ocean swells.


To the east – beautiful and rugged Vancouver Island.



To the west – I think I see Hawaii! Or is that Japan?

Hot Springs Cove

Hot Springs Cove was my farthest point north and my turn around goal. It was pretty sweet. I stayed there 2 days and made 2 trips to the springs. It is a 2 KM hike each way along a boardwalk to get there and it is best to go there very early in the morning or in the evening as the tour boats and float planes parade in hordes of people from Tofino during “business hours.” The springs can only accommodate about 8 people at a time so I suspect it is very crowded at that time.


Sea OttersOn my way to Hot Springs Cove, heading down Sydney Inlet, I came across a group of Sea Otters. They seemed curious but kept their distance. If I got too close, they would roll and dive.

This is while anchored in Joe’s Bay in the Broken Group in Barkley Sound. As soon as I entered I was swarmed by hummingbirds. I’ve never seen anything like it. They were unafraid. They would fly inside the boat. They would try to feed from my jacket. Below the are trying to feed from the red cap on my solar shower. Even though they were ever-present(they did disappear at sundown, but reappeared in the morning), they dart so fast that they are difficult to photograph.


On the way to Neah Bay


Harbour Porpoise escorts 2 days in a row? Incredible. Both by Port Angeles. Was it the same pod? What does it mean?