Total Miles: 20, Golden Gardens to Whidbey Island (Landboe Cabin)
Conditions: mid-60s, calm wind; barometer 1016
9am Golden Gardens – arrive to load up the boats. Clear skies, warmish temperatures, mild/no wind. Shortly lots and lots of people arrive! Peter Hirtle and his OC-1; dad and Nancy, Lee and Ilona, Bev, my brother and Jenn and Jenny Falco who blessed our boats and journey; my cousin Sue; Billie-mom and Bob, Bender; Michael and Michael Miller, Debbie and her family, Rich, Liz, Bob and Dan from SAM; Greg, Kristin, Lucy and Laney; Courtenay; Jeff and Theresa Knakal, Greg Barton, Neil, Jeff Clark (although we never saw him!); Gerry and Liz from the women’s group at Green Lake, plus one of their new recruits; Lorraine and daughter from David’s work; David and Rachel of course! And then Tracy, Knut, Arne, Tore and all her friends and family. I’m sure I missed naming folks, there were a lot of people there; David said we had around sixty people to send us off. It was a beautiful display of love and support, I almost hated to leave. I wish I had taken a picture while leaving the beach, of everyone gathered on shore to wish us well.
We had Jeff and Theresa in their shells, and Peter in his OC-1 escorting us from shore; later Greg and Neil caught up to us as well. The Knakals came about three miles; Peter, Greg and Neil for about four or five. Sunny, calm – couldn’t ask for a better start to our journey. We had a nice ride on the outgoing tide until we got north of Edmonds, then a long slow slog up to Possession Point on Whidbey. Very little marine life until Whidbey, other than a couple of seal heads popping up to watch us. At Possession Point we found sea lions on the buoy and seals on a rock. Oh yes, passed a deer on the shore at Glendale. We found some relief from the current by cutting closer to shore and made good time to Tracy’s cabin, around 3:30pm. Knut and Dave were ready to meet us! We unloaded the heavy boats and brought them to shore. T2 is done with showers, but I enjoyed one. Knut made a wonderful meal, David made brownies and had fresh strawberries from our local farmers market, and John and Judy came by to wish us a good journey.