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Making the Most of It, Blake Island | by tacoma290
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Making the Most of It, Blake Island

Last week, we headed out for our annual boat trip to the San Juan Islands. Just before leaving, I had followed the adventures of a very talented photographer and writer, David Cross, whose work I admire. He faced diversity on a vacation here: Turned out to be appropriate reading before our departure.

We left the docks in Tacoma, headed north, and suffered engine trouble just outside of Edmonds (north of Seattle, a little less than half-way). The good news was that our boat was twin engine design and the problem was with the port engine only, so we could still run. The bad news was that the loss of one engine meant that we could only travel at 1/4 of our normal speed (8 mi/hr instead of 32).

So instead of travelling all the way up to the San Juan Islands, we changed the itinerary to north Sound (Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Shilshole Bay, etc). We stayed in new places and had a great time, instead of lamenting over a minor challenge. We even found beauty in cruising slowly at Trawler speed.

This is Blake Island, after a late rain shower, after dinner and drinks. In the background is a State Parks boat, working late into the evening. The Ranger at Blake is fantastic, and with the budget cuts he deals with, he makes the most of it and runs the place so well.

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Taken on September 6, 2013