Watmough Bay, Lopez Island
This weekend feels especially rewarding as I have achieved several milestones. I just completed my first week at a new job – a software company that is close to ‘home’ and full of talented, motivated people. Bankruptcy has been averted (for now at least). The new job will be a great source of income to help me work towards getting debt free in the next two years, as well as provide the money I need to turn my boat into a self-sufficient home.
Solace has also completed several upgrades. The new batteries have been performing admirably. The fiberglass work has kept her bone dry so far this fall. I’ve also installed a propane heater, rebuilt my black-water system, got a dingy, and last weekend I installed a wind turbine. I’m prepared for some serious winter cruising!Just in time too. With October drawing to a close, the winter winds will begin to pick up. November is a blustery month. As I sit writing this, I am anchored in Watmough Bay, sipping coffee, and looking on the calm, placid water. I feel a tinge of regret because I know these calm days will be rare until mid-January when the Halcyon days arrive. I plan to make the most of this trip though with a little fishing and a hike to Point Colville, with binoculars to see if I can spot any whales.
God it’s a good feeling to be out in the islands on a sea-worthy craft!
As the winds pick up this winter, I hope to get some experience with heavy weather sailing. At the same time, I’m hoping to spend more weekends within the sheltered water of Saratoga Passage – between Whidbey and Camano Islands – in an effort to explore new Gunkholes for a second book. I may go so far as to seek moorage for a month in Oak Harbor.