Captain Les picked a super day to cruise TRUMPETER over to the Gas Dock...the first bright sunny day of for such days promised for this weekend.
TRUMPETER is a 27 foot HUNTER Sloop.
The Stern Access of TRUMPETER
Capt. Les backs into the slip, making access very easy.
TRUMPETER tied up to the Gas Dock...Took 6.5 gallons of diesel to fill the tank.
My first two weeks back in Bellingham, TRUMPETER was my Home Away From Home...thank you, Les.
Bellingham Bay looking East into downtown. Mt. Baker would be in view some 80 miles distant...if the clouds lifted just a bit.
Bellingham Bay looking South toward the home of Les and Lynn halfway up the distant hill. Western Washington University sits in a small valley atop the hill.
TRUMPETER ghosting (4 mph speed limit - no wake/waves) down the marina waterway.
Many beautiful yachts...large and small...inhabit Bellingham Marina.
TRUMPETER nearing the gas dock.
Bellingham Marina Gas Dock.
TRUMPETER backing out of her slip (parking spot).
TRUMPETER exiting the (Southwest) main marina entrance. The San Juan Islands are in the foreground...the Olympic Mountains are hiding within the distant clouds.
The Pacific Ocean lies 100 miles dead ahead...
Cri and I sailed these waters for 10 years...one year, we sailed every weekend for 18 straight weeks. In the San Juan Islands, one sails the year around...most likely, being the only boat anchored in one of hundreds of pristine coves.
Returning to Bellingham Marina South Entrance, one guides on this pylon...easily visible in all weathers...providing one has RADAR or GPS (Global Positioning System)
TRUMPETER making the final turn into Bellingham Marina South Entrance...Bellwether 4-star hotel dead ahead.
Please say HELLO to Captain Les Blackwell, retired PHD Professor from the University of Washington and Western Washington University
During the Korean War, Dr. Les was a Trumpeter with the United States Military Marching Band...and for fun and cruising entertainment, plays a mean Bagpipe.
Back in the 1950s, Les and I shared High School Days in the Tri-Cities - Kennewick, Pasco, Richland - , State of Washington. In interim years we also - unknowingly - shared Rye and Mamaroneck, on Long Island Sound, New York
Today, I had a most enjoyable few hours together with Les on TRUMPETER and lunch at Giuseppe's, overlooking Bellingham Marina.
Les and I have sailed together...together in a single yacht...or piloting our (twin) identical 38 foot yachts to destinations throughout the SALISH SEA - local American Indian name for The Puget Sound.