Morro Bay Harbor
I can’t think of a better way to spend a day than leaving your daily troubles at shore and sailing out to Sea. There is always that hint of mystery and if you’re like me, you thrive on that. I often daydream about sailing around the world, of the long beautiful days on the open water, the star kissed nights. Arriving in foreign ports to simply while away the day taking in the offerings of local food, drink and culture. Anchoring in a sheltered cove sipping wine and watching the sunset, maybe skirmishing with Pirates in the Indian Ocean? I know this conjures up images of Johnny Depp and kiera Knightley but we all know that’s not the reality. They’re actually quite real and brutal, still to this day. Thankfully it’s rare to run into these kinds of water hazards.
Ahhh, Someday we’ll do it, (we’re always looking to crew on a Boat) but until then, we graciously accept every offer to go on board. Our recent Sail on the Stardust, built long ago by Shawn’s Grandfather and now lovingly maintained by his Uncle, was a perfect day sailing around Morro Bay
Harbor at Sunset
Boat with Mt. Baker
We left Orcas Island with some trepidation. We spent Eight lovely days absorbing the serene and unique qualities of Island life on Orcas. Imagine no fast food chains, no Walmart, and no housing developments. Imagine beautiful old lazy farms where sheep, Goats and Horses graze with Deer. Imagine breathing air that smells of Pine and Blackberries all the time. We fell in love. We fell in love with the locals and their relaxed and trusting nature. We fell in love with the Olga store, which is presently for rent…. We fell in love with the newly opened Wild Flour Bakery, owned by Ben and Megan. Ben’s masterful and one of a kind pastries and Breads are seriously the best we’ve ever had. They are also due to give Birth to their third child at any moment. Of course we are anxious to hear when he or she arrives. Speaking of family, Shawn’s family joined us on Orcas for three days, which went by way too fast but it was a good time, as always.
We will miss you Orcas.
Now we’re back in Seattle, a bit of culture shock but we will acclimate. We woke up in the Sheraton Hotel where we had spent the night with family. We went to take advantage of the pool and Jacuzzi on the 35th floor. Completely relaxed and feeling good we got on the elevator back down and suddenly it started violently shaking like there was an earthquake or one of the cables had broken. We saw our lives flash before our eyes. It stopped, then very slowly descended to the first floor. We’re still alive!
Embracing the lingering Summer and will continue moving south.
Until next time…