|The boat we now call Serendipity is nosing her way past the railroad swing bridge outside La Connor Washington|
on our maiden voyage with her.
|Our new master bedroom aboard Serendipity, a Puget Trawler now in Portland Oregon.|
|Portland image pilfered from Willamette Weekend Things to Do.|
|This is how it feels July's gone for us (click here to check out this classic oldie but goodie Maxell ad).|
- A car
a $480 repair the day after we bought it
- A storage area the size of a closet with all our "worldly" possessions
- A visit to consider a boat to call home.
- A boat we call home - miraculously - given to us!
- A gorilla run to Goodwill, the Dollar Store and a military NEX to begin stocking basics like knives, forks, spoons and plates, food (~$600)
- A train ride and cab ride to the boat we now call home
- Insurance and registration for a boat we now call home
- Sage advice from the former owners of the boat we now call home
- Just enough time on the boat to feel semi-comfortable taking command of it.
- An all-too-brief trip to the San Juans.
- Taking our boat into the open ocean and across the Columbia Bar then down the Columbia river to Portland
- Two jobs (Wayne and I each getting re-hired by former employers)
- Some freelance contract writing projects
- Lots of qualification paperwork for a place to potentially call home
- A slip (a place for our boat to call home).
- A mailing address and mailbox.
- A bicycle
A bicycle lock (both for a mere $25, but a $60 tune-up is scheduled)
- WiFi access that isn't dependent of my phone as a hotspot
- Electricity that isn't driven my our engine, batteries, a generator or a solar panel
- A marina laundromat.
- A grocery store (among other conveniences) in walking distance
|Moving in is never a pretty process. Figuring out what goes where is especially challenging in small spaces.|
- 1 car key
- 1 boat key
- 1 storage area access door
- 1 storage box padlock key
- 1 mailbox key
1 day wasted trying to figure out the best way to recover said keys....
- boat hook (too short)
- magnets on a string (not enough metal on the ring or keys)
- a diver that's not too hideously expensive (we'll hire one check when going down to put on zincs, do some hull cleaning and a prop check).
- 1 hour wasted getting the duplicates we fortunately had to the locksmith so we each are now fully keyed.
- 5 minutes -- keeping all my keys on a floatie attached to a floating yellow lanyard with a very robust clip
- cruise San Juans and catch up with friends met cruising in French Polynesia
- in Port Angeles catch up with cruising friends met in New Zealand as well as making some new friends at the marina
- check out Neah Bay's cool Makah Indian museum and enjoy the present of free crab twice in a week
- Make two overnight trips camping aboard our new water home at our favorite beach on the Columbia river
- Slowly, too, we're beginning to catch up with our friends and family, many not seen for 5-7 years.
Soon, I hope to make headway sussing out the Rubik's Cube known as galley set-up, with placement strategies that can keep chaos contained when we venture beyond our slip.
|Gumby and his Ozzie sidekick (a gift from Chris & Chris of |
s/v Scintilla) aboard Serendipity; these mascots
seem appropriate icons for our lives!
We're now in Portland, Oregon, docked in a covered slip at Jantzen Bay Marina (N45.47.449 W122.47.189). That's less than 1/2 mile from West Marine, and less than a 15 minute drive to Horizon Air for Wayne, when there's no traffic. The light rail transit line is said to be a 5 minute bike ride away; will test that out soon.
Watch for more catch up on cruising the San Juans and Trans-Pacific posts still to come as well as more on Serendipity, the Puget Trawler formerly known as Jacari Maru. Let's hope August is half as busy with at least twice as many posts!
Wishing us all a mellow August -- especially Larry and Nancy, we wish you excellent cruising on your new Ranger Tug. We will do our best to love the one you entrusted with us and we now call home.