Planning An Extended Backpacking Trip

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Backpacking is a great way to get away from it all and enjoy the the great outdoors. If you are planning an extended backpacking trip, it is important to remember a few things. Below, we will discuss some important considerations to planning your next extended stay hike. Initial Planning Steps First of all, you should gather your party together. Who will be hiking and camping with you? If you are going on a solo trip, be sure to take safety measures to ensure your safety…

Does Size Matter? Yes, it does.


I recently stumbled across a solicitation on monkey’s fist for boaters to give their opinions on size. I know several cruisers like Teresa and Ben of One Simple Question and Stormy of Art of Hookie, who are pocket cruisers and love it. My wife and I live aboard a forty foot Cruise-a-Home, with approximately eight tons of displacement. We upgraded from a twenty-five foot, Buccaneer sailboat, the Sea Muse. Let me tell you why. You can read about how I came to possess the Sea…

Port Angeles – A Cruiser’s Haven


A reader of the blog sent me an awesome email. Not only is he a kindred soul, we have many experiences in common. His knowledge of Port Angeles and the western Puget Sound was so impressive, that I decided to share an edited version here (with his permission). Hi Chris, I’ve been following your blog. It’s very entertaining and also inspiring to see someone your age actually thinking about life and how to live it. I had a similar dream to yours – i.e. living…

Chinook Salmon Fishing in the San Juan Islands


Ever wonder why Chinook Salmon are so hard to catch in the San Juan Islands? The population numbers of this legendary fish have been declining steadily for the last several decades. I just ran across this revealing study on Chinook Salmon populations in the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands. This was the best nugget of information I found in the report: Puget Sound Chinook salmon have shown a pattern of declines in survival since the 1980s. At least half of Puget Sound Chinook populations…

Early Spring Edible Nettles


Foraging season has officially begun! Yaaaaaay! I’ve been anxiously watching for some sign of new growth on my morning walks. Today I was treated to two awesome sights: stinging nettle buds and indian plum sprouts! Stinging edible nettles are an early spring plant that are packed with vitamins and nutrients. Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest and Puget Sound relied on this plant for these nutrients. Not only are they healthy, they are one of the truly tasty wild plants. You can read a short…

Drift Fishing For Salmon, Lingcod, and Kelp Greenling

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Ok, it is early February in the Pacific Northwest. Weather is variable with wind, rain and clouds expected more often than not. Still, a day on a boat out on the water is better than any day I’ve spent at work. We took off Saturday morning at about 9:00 am. My crew consisted of my wife Sherrie and 3 good friends. Our target was for about 8:00 but reality and a few trips to the store left us departing by 9:00. On this excursion, we…

How to Use Fiberglass Resin

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Fiberglass can be messy and hard to work with for the beginner. I know that I made a lot of mistakes and messy work when I was first learning how to use fiberglass resin. The video below shows you the fiberglass techniques that I use when doing repairs on my boat. Many people are familiar with mixing two part epoxies. The instructions for mixing them are clearly labeled on the container. Less well documented is the use of additives. One tip on how to do…

How To Work With Fiberglass

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Over the next month, I’m going to write a series of instructional posts on how to work with fiberglass and do common types of fiberglass restoration on a boat. This first article explains an overview of how to work with fiberglass and do basic repairs. The second article will show you how to use fiberglass resin. I’ve done a ton of fiberglass repair on the Rock ‘n Row already, and I still have a bit more left to do. I never took any classes on…

Eagle Harbor Washington and Reed Lake Hiking Trail

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My wife and I spent a beautiful weekend in Eagle Harbor (washington), just off the coast of Cypress Island. We are truly experiencing the Halcyon Days here in the San Juan Islands. The weather is crisp, calm, and sunny. This weather should last on and off between now and the middle of February. Then the winds will pick up again until about May. Our trip this weekend was a bit spur of the moment. The weather was so nice on Saturday, we decided to head…

Easy Seafood Chiopini

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