Friday, November 21, 2008


Our second ride on the boat was on November 10th. Sallad, Grace and Bri were at our home for a visit over The Mr's 4 day weekend. We woke up early Monday morning, planning to get an early start on the water, but it was raining and very windy so we went back to bed. Around 9:30 we got out of bed and realized that the skies were a bright clear blue and we had been sleeping during nice weather! We ate breakfast, threw everything together and took off to launch the boat in Blaine. While launching the boat, some experienced fishermen were launching their boat beside us in preparation of commercial crabbing season which was open the next day. One of them walked over to us to chat and basically told us we were crazy to go out and that it was "a mess out there." We went out anyways with plans to stay safe and keep it close to shore as the boat was in the water already and weren't giving up this soon! We ended up making what looked to be crochet stitches on the GPS screen, as we made so many loopty-loops but it was such a fun day! It turned out that the water was very choppy, but we had a lot of fun just going back and forth in Drayton Harbor and Semiahmoo Bay. We docked the boat at Semiahmoo and went in for coffee and a relaxing time at the beautiful hotel. They have many comfy sitting areas and the one we chose had a great view. When we got back in the boat, we cruised along the shore of Semiahmoo Bay once again. We didn't quite get to Birch Point to see Birch Bay, because that was the point at which the waves became huge and rolling and I would say they were about 3 feet. It was definitely an adventure, as every boat trip ends up being! The one thing we have learned so far about boating is that there is always a surprise. The unexpected happens and if you can deal with that, it can be so much fun! Instead of heading out across the water towards Sucia Island as we had mentioned as a possibility earlier, we hung out in Semiahmoo Bay and tried out the stove for the first time. We had fresh, steaming hot chocolate on the boat, out in the middle of the water on a crisp sunny fall day, what more could you ask for?

Launching the boat.

Semiahmoo as seen from Drayton Harbor.

Choppy waters, and this was one of the calmer areas!

Old Semiahmoo water tower.

Does anyone know what these are? They were on a bush about 5 feet tall and soft like a berry.

Back and forth, back and forth. We stayed where the water was calmer.

I had fun relaxing with Bri. It was such a nice place to sit and watch boats go by on the water.

The Moon

Hot chocolate anyone? Using the stove top for the first time was a lot of fun.


  1. Those berry things could be Lychee. It's a Chinese fruit. The Vietnamese guys I used to work with would bring all sorts of crazy stuff for lunch...

  2. Brad- Those do kind of look like lychee don't they?! I just looked it up on Wikipedia. I had never seen lychee before the outside had turned brown. I will have to go back and check in a couple of weeks to see if they are brown.

    Lychee brings back odd memories of a girl that didn't talk much sharing her strange eyeball fruit with me at lunch at Imperial.

  3. Looks like so much fun! We fly over some water up there by you guys when we come in from Alaska and from the air it looks like there's all sorts of cool islands and inlets amongst the mountains and hills that would be fun to explore by boat. Definitely need a good GPS by the looks of it though, lots of in and out and arounds.

  4. Sjo- what you see is probably the San Juan Islands and the Canadian ones- the gulf islands. You definitely need a GPS, and we have one that seems to be a good one. We are thankful for it!

  5. What a cutie pie picture of you and Bri!

    That fruit does look like Lychee.. or possibly Rambutan.



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