Full moon, high tides.

We decided to stay a bit longer, the weather has not been good, lots of rain, but in between all that we managed to walk on Newcastle Island, in the evening, and it ended up being an amazing walk to say the least.    I had not brought my camera, usually, every time i dont do that, i see all kinds of wildlife, lots of interesting critters, this time was no exception!!!!      Starting off, at the dock, all the many birdhouses for the Purple Martins were occupied with parents and babies, right at face level!!!!!  This because of the high tide, they just sat there, looking at us with their little black eyes!!    These birds were just about extinct , and are now breeding here in good numbers.    Walking up the woodsy path, we came across 20 Canada geese, all standing on one leg, dozing, would have been a great picture…….    A small Raccoon , busy on the beach, digging up bugs in the seaweed, saw us, and charged up the bank, into a tree, and then sat , right at face level, looking at us!!!!   It then started to clean his tail, not paying any attention to us whatso ever!!!!      A few yards further, another Raccoon, big one this time, was busy on the beach also, this fellow though, must have felt our eyes, looked up, and was in the top of the biggest tree in about 5 seconds!!!       Then an owl called, a Barred owl, recognizing it from its hoots.    A sure sign that there could be an owl in the forest, is to listen for the robins, calling their warning call, they get very upset at this bird, as its after their babies. We didnt see him though……      Nine female deer grazed on the meadow, no bucks among them…..       Further in the woods, where the path becomes very narrow, all of a sudden , five heads popped out of the Salal, five Otters , on their way to the beach, to catch fish.   They came from a small pond.   But,a problem, there we stood,( not moving a muscle), would they keep going.????     They tried to cross 3 times, each time just not sure and stopping  in the middle of the path.   Then they gave up, went back to the pond, and we saw them swimming as we walked by.      Then the  owl called again, Barred owl for sure, lots of Robin calls also, we ventured into the woods, carefully, and ended up under the tree where the owl was sitting, the Robins were just furious at him, and dove down at him continuously , flipping up the feathers on his head with their feet.  By the way,   Barred owls have black eyes, one way to recognize them.     Dusk was slowly falling, and the forest became very quiet, when we walked out into the clearing, 4 beautiful bucks, all with antlers, were lying on the grass, they just looked at us, didnt get up,  and quietly kept chewing.    A great evening, no camera, but i think i enjoyed just being able to listen, and watch, and smell the fresh green smells of the forest.

Some other improvements on Curtsy

While in Port Townsend, we found nice little speakers, white ones, for in the cockpit, i would like to play Mozart out there, to see, if the marine animals will react, especially the whales.  Plus, yes, also play all our other music!!!   Also, we bought a new floor for in the cockpit, white this time, the black was so dingy and dark, yes i know, white you say??  good luck keeping that clean Mejan, but these are actually easier to clean then the black ones,they are softer, and it really looks like the cockpit is larger…….We bought In Reach in Sidney, a program for tracking and for simple emailing and emergencies, and Bert has been working very hard on getting the SSB all set up, not as easy a task as we thought……     Then, we ordered a life raft, we are not bolting it to the deck, but have it in the bag, right below the main large hatch in the front, we have heard and read about too many horror  stories , about the case , the life raft is in, breaking lose from the deck. So, hopefully our decision is a good one, plus, we never ever hope to have to use it!!!!    For the rest, the micro greens are growing, the carpet has been cleaned, looks awesome , and generally the boat is in good shape.   Bert has been working on the wood, when he feels like it, the Cetol looks great, he put 5 coats on, around the windows too, we have tried everything else , so we’ll see if this holds up.      

dinghy in the air photo

When i was trying to post this photo, all connections stopped, so it was left hanging in the air so to speak…. in the photo you can see the dark sky behind Bert, this ended up being a very strange rain shower, the drops were huge, and as they hit the water, they made a plop sound and an air bubble floated on top of the water, i wish i could have recorded this, it was like a small orchestra playing, with beautiful crystal instruments.  The sun kept on shining, the whole time, but there was no rainbow.   Just had to share this with you!!!