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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Port Townsend

Planned N Pacific Circuit
We've untied the lines and left the lovely city of Victoria behind us. It was a great experience being tied to the dock and living a somewhat 'normal' life for 5 months. We appreciated having friends already living in the city, and also the warmth and kindness of people we met.
'Red' in New Zealand, 2005
Now, however, we're looking forward with the usual mix of excitement and anxiety to the trip we've embarked upon. After clearing US Customs in Roche Harbor we came here to wait out a few days of bad weather and to spend some time with Kevin and Beth Hansen (former owners of 'Red' - a Waterline BIG sister-ship to Traversay III). After fuelling up early tomorrow we'll head out the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Aboard 'Red' with Beth and Kevin
David at Butchart Gardens, Victoria
We’ve planned to make a North Pacific circuit this summer, stopping in Ensenada Mexico, Hawaii and King Cove Alaska and perhaps touching down in Monterey Bay California.

After docking in Victoria, Larry spent time organizing ice charts while I edited photos from our last big trip (across the Northwest Passage). The result was a talk which we presented at various venues in the city. Appropriately - David Lloyd flew in from Edmonton to join us for a talk at the Maritime Museum. David provided us with ice charts during the trip. Our talks were well attended and well-received. 

After several summers of ice and snow, we’re really anticipating the coming of Summer.

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