We left Tyee Marina Tuesday morning, June 16th at 1045. Our first stop, one of our favorite places so far… Gig Harbor where we anchored overnight to wait until the tidal current was in our favor. Gig Harbor is such a visually pleasing place to be whether from the boat or going on shore to see the sights. It’s a pretty typical coastal community although it does have a lot of fairly well-to-do boaters, there are also a lot of fishing boats here too. Crab pots are scattered all over the shallow bay and there are kayakers everywhere. The GH high school longboat racing team meets here every day, sometimes several times a day. Their coach, a guy with a distinctive swedish accent shouts at them through a megaphone from a little power skiff, while they race on ahead seemingly ignoring him.
The next morning while we moored at the public dock I met Kate who was sitting down on the dock sketching Skansie Boathouse, a GH landmark that is obviously a favorite of everyone ‘cuz I have several pictures of it too! She was there with a group of sketchers all involved with sketching various aspects of the boathouse and waterfront.
The next day we left GH to go through the Tacoma Narrows. The Narrows are known for some pretty wild currents and with a 30 hp motor we didn’t want to try to go against the current. While we were motoring through at 3.2 knots we were doing 6-8 knots over land and that was at nearly slack tide.
We rounded Fox Island (Is) and headed up Carr Inlet past McNeil Is to our left. We discovered in reading up that McNeil Island has the distinction of being our very own Alcatraz right here in WA State! It closed its doors in 2011 but we still don’t know if we could anchor off the shores. If anyone out there knows, leave a comment or a link.
Update: I forgot to mention that we also motored right past the US Open Golf Course. We were going to go sail in the bay this weekend but found out the security was super tight and they weren’t allowing any boats to get very close to shore. So we stayed put.
We ended our day at Penrose Point SP and there we caught a mooring buoy on the east side of Penrose Point. Shortly after we arrived, 2 swallows came out and flew circles around our boat and sang to us like the welcoming committee. They chattered away and landed on our mast-head and sang and chirped for us for nearly an hour! We had a gorgeous sunset that first night and it sure felt like we were welcome!