Logbook Days 36, 37, and 38
2/27/2004 - 2/29/2004
An early season trip.
Newport to Carillon Point
We arranged for the kids to spend Friday night at the
neighbors while we had a night out, on the boat. We launched at
dusk in Newport Shores and went north up to Kirkland's Carillon Point
marina. Entering after dark and tying up we prepared for a
relaxing evening. After checking in and getting the card key, we
went up to the Grill for a nice dinner. Tucked back in the corner
by the fireplace we savored the food and private time. Such a
quiet and relaxing evening.
Carillon point to Blake Island
Rising the next morning, Dawn headed to Starbucks for
our breakfast while I got the boat ready to go. We motored back to
Newport Shores and tied up at the launch dock. After un-hitching
the trailer, Dawn took the truck up the hill to get the kids while I
puttered. It wasn't until after 1:00pm when she arrived back and
we headed out. Delayed again by the endless challenges of the
kids, good thing we love them so much.
We rode the coattails of another sailboat passing under the
Fremont bridge and tied up at the small locks to wait for the next
cycle. A tour boat played cuts and made us wait until the second
cycle. At the head of the full lock we descended to the Sound and
headed out. A quick stop for fuel at Shilshoe and we were off for
We pulled in just after 5:00pm, later than we had
planned. Dawn ran up to get the show tickets while I BBQ'd a quick
dinner of salmon and steak. We then headed out to watch the Indian dances in the longhouse. After
the show and some fun time touring the displays, we bought a bundle of wood
and headed to the dark and deserted beach for a fire and marshmallow
roast. Once the tour boat left it was a beautiful quiet night. It was
still a bit nippy at night so all the boys slept inside in the aft berth.
Placing Nick in the middle worked much better.
Blake Island to Newport
A lazy morning dawned clear and sunny. Because
it was so cool we had a lot of condensation inside the boat on the
liner. We messed
around through lunch then headed back. We pulled in just as the
locks opened and were the last boat in the large lock. Rafted to a
large powerboat it was a easy ride up. On casting off the motor
died just as we released the lines and once restarted the bow was at the
wrong angle and we had a tight departure avoiding the neighboring boat and
the lock wall. We had to wait at the bridge as we just missed the
previous opening from the early boats out of the locks. After a
few circles we were through and it was a quick trip back to the
launch and home.