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San Diego Interlude

The mission at the Presidio, San DiegoThe first formal night was fun.  We started with appetizers and wine in Bill & Ruth Craven’s cabin and then headed for the show.  There were many people in attendance that ignored the “formal” n…

At Sea Southbound from Columbia River

The weather did not cooperate so the Astoria stop was cancelled and we are now spending 3 days at sea rather than the 2 days originally planned.  As the day progressed, the seas did continue to build in height, but also were longer, so the ride re…

Tahiti Cruise Day 2-3

The weather was rainy, but not cold as we disembarked in Vancouver with Bill & Ruth Craven.  We grabbed a taxi and headed to Yaletown to check out “Cento Notti”, or 100 Days in Italian.  We had tried this restaurant last year when it …

Tahiti Cruise Day 1

We had ordered a Shuttle Express town car to take us to Pier 91 and the cruise ship terminal.  What actually arrived was a stretch limo, which was just a little over the top.  We certainly arrived in style, and in just a few minutes were thro…

Cruise to Tahiti and the Marquesas

With our trip to SE Alaska now complete and Spirit in the yard for maintenance and upgrades, we are getting ready to explore some potential future destinations for Spirit.We depart Seattle on the MS Westerdam, a Holland America ship for a 35 day cruise…

2011 Alaska Voyage Ends

August 2, 2011After an uneventful transit of Yuculta Rapids we decided to avoid the crowds in Prideaux Haven and instead headed for Gorge Harbor on Cortes Island.  The anchorage near the marina was very crowded so we found a relatively empty space…

Southbound from Port McNeill

July 29, 2011After docking at the Port McNeill Fuel Dock Marina Patrick hunted for spare parts (none found) and Miriam did the final shopping for provisions before Spirit heads back into the USA on August 5, 2011.  That evening we had dinner with …

More Broughton Archipelago Photos

Dinner in Sutherland BayOn the flybridge of Seventh WaveLinda Collier’s PaellaThe Raft Up!All 13 people fit on the flybridge of Seventh WaveEagles nest in Acteon SoundAllyson reading a Cajun fairy tale after the Cajun DinnerJennis Bay MarinaThe Roche H…

Broughton Archipelago Interlude

On the Move Cruise NorthJuly 23, 2011We departed Port McNeill and headed for the Broughton’s, destination unknown.  After several hours regretting our choice of directions around Malcom Island, we motored up Fife Sound and ended up in Shawl Bay,…

Ocean Falls to Shawl Bay

July 20, 2011The rain continued overnight with winds to 34 knots as we stayed safely at the dock in Ocean Falls.  The rain was heavy and we now know why the local residents call themselves the “Rain People”.  We checked the prawn and crab…