Oops, been awhile since I posted anything. (CB)

Ok, snowboarding season is over. Good thing too, since I sorta tweaked my left knee a little bit the last time we went up. The upside of this for you, the readers of this lame little website is you no longer have to watch stupid video of me or Tawn snowboarding like this anymore:

The downside, you now have to look at picture of me and tawn doing boating stuff.

Let’s see, what have we been up to since that last video was taken? Hrmmm, lets see. I think that video was taken up at Crystal Mountain around the first of March. So that would mean that the weekend or two after that would have been the 8th annual St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl/Death March.

That if the name does’nt clue you in, is an annual event that takes place on….St. Paddy’s day. Where starting at 10am we hit one bar an hour for 12 hours on a planned out walking route through downtown Seattle. It is hell on earth but fun as hell!! :)

I took a look through the pictures from this night…..Not alot worth posting in there. :) But there was this one, that I really like:

Tawn & CB riding the S.L.U.T

This was taken about 3/4 of the way through the crawl. Apparent by the fact that Tawn is swinging from the hand rails on the S.L.U.T. (South Lake Union Trolley). And sadly the odd folks in the background are friends of ours. Not so much Ti & Luke, but I’m not sure what the hell Eric is up to back there??

Other than that, we took a few weekend boat trips….hang on a sec and let me see if I can dig up a picture or two…………

Ahh here we go. Later in March we took off at night right after work and sailed over to Blake Island and met up with our very good friends Scott and Angie on Ghost as well as a few other friends. I’ve written about Blake Island before. It is a small island which the entire thing is a State Park. The only way to get there, obviously is by boat. So it is very chill and relaxed and rustic, even though it is only 8 miles from Downtown Seattle:

Seattle Skyline at night

We took a few other trips, but to be honest, nothing very exciting or noteworth. And what few pictures we did take, are sort crappy.

Oh and I almost forgot. As if we did’nt have enough boats or spend too much time sailing, we bought a little 10 foot sailing dinghy. Mostly for goofing around on in and around the marina, check it out:

New Dink

That last picture is mostly for Tawn’s dad, so he can get an idea of what the boat looks like.

Other than a few scuba diving trips, and unfortunatly work, that is about all we have been up to. I’ll try to update the site more often.

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Merry Xmas everyone.

Ask sailors about running boats aground and they will fall into one of three catagories. Those that have, those that will and those that lie about it. Up until about 11:30 pm December 24th, me and tawn were solidly in the “Those that will” group.

I had no intention of running my boat aground, ever. Actually it is the one thing that I hoped would never happen. But before I get into the details of the grounding, I’ll let you in on our Xmas holiday plans…as boring as they were.

Me and Tawn decided instead of going snowboarding, we decide to sail the boat over to Poulsbo and spend Xmas there in the Marina. A friend of ours Mike, came over on his boat (Bamboo) and hangout too. Other than a small diesel leak into the bilge after filling up the fuel tanks. Everything was normal and fun.

Me and mike spent the majority of Xmas eve fixing the leaks, but we got it done and spent the rest of the time boozing and eating. Tawn made an awesome dinner and after eating, we watched a couple movies and had a few more drinks.

At about 11:30pm, Tawn says: “Uhhhh…why is the boat heeled over so much? The wind is not even blowing!” And right then her wine glass slides across the table and almost drops to the floor.

I got up and went up on deck. Something did not seem right. We were at an odd angle and the water seemed to be further way that it normally is. I stepped off the boat and on to the dock, which was also further away than normal. Which almost resulted in me busting my ass. I did not, but it was close.

We looked at the tide charts and noticed that X-mas Eve had one of the lowest tides of the year. Which resulted in our boat touching the bottom. Not only touching the bottom, but actually sitting on the bottom. And as the tide continued to go out and the dock kept dropping with the tide. The boat had hit bottom and was now leaning heavily against the dock and sticking up a foot or two out of the water. It was very odd. But as the tide, as it is known to do came back in, and we were floating again within the hour and things were back to normal.

We woke up to a very cold and very rainy X-mas morning. After getting the boat packed away we took off and headed for home. As I said the weather was cold, rainy and windy. And a first for us….it was actually snowing!! Sailing in the snow! That was a first.

At this point I have to mention that for X-mas Tawn got me a new digital camera. Me and Tawn have pretty bad luck with cameras. To date, we have dropped and broken two and and dropped and lost one. So this one is drop proof, water proof and my favorite feature….it not only takes pictures, it takes movies as well.

Lucky, lucky you!!

We I just had to try this new feature out on the sail home. And about half way through, you’ll see that I also tried out the drop proof feature as well. :P Ooops!

Anyway, here’s the first of may crappy home videos shot by me or Tawn for your viewing pleasure:

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Weekend trip to Lake Washington.

Last Monday morning (30 July) we decided take the boat over into Lake Washington, the largest lake in Washington State. Fresh, warm water! We could go swimming! The only thing standing between us and that lake was the Ballard Locks and 6 bridges, 4 of which would need to be raised in order for us to make it through.

The Ballard Locks move boats from the saltwater of Puget Sound up 20 feet to the fresh water of Lake Union and Lake Washington. Think of a mini version of the Panama Canal….very mini. And the 4 bridges are draw bridges that have to be raised if your boat is taller than 42-45 feet off the water. Palarran is 60 feet from the top of the mast to the water. The bridges are always down so car traffic can drive over them. In order to get them to lift you have to drive your boat up to it and then blast a certain signal with an air horn. The signal is one long blast and one short. The bridge operator will either signal back the same, which mean he will stop traffic (which people hate) or he will give you 5 short blast, which means you have to wait 5 or 10 minutes and then he will stop traffic to raise the bridge (Which people hate).

The first Bridge is the “Train Bridge”(which we failed to take a picture of). This one is actually left up most of the time unless there is a train coming. Today however, it was down. So we gave the signal and waited……and waited……and w..a..i..t..ed… Finally after who knows how long the bridge finally went up and we went under and waited for the locks to signal as to which lock we would go into. You have two choices. Either the big locks or the little locks. The little locks are much easier to negotiate and tie up in. Of course, We got the big locks along with a gigantic tugboat and a few other boats. After the tugboat got in and tied up there was two other boats ahead of us, neither one seemed to anxious to go in. I didn’t want to butt in line, but they were just sitting there. Finally one of the went ahead and we got in line behind them. The other boat just sat there, we would find out later why.

Here are a few pics take from inside the locks:

Inside the Ballard locks Another inside the Ballard locks

As we followed the speed boat in, we watched him lose control and hit the wall a couple times before finally getting tied up. Once we tied up, the other boat came in and was directed by the lock personnel to tie up to us. This is when we figured out why they hung back. It is MUCH easier to tie to another boat than it is to tie to the wall. Cause if your tied to the wall, when they close the lock doors and start pumping in the water to raise you to the lake level, you have to constantly adjust your lines to keep you in place. So they slide up to us and tie off and as old people do, went below and ate lunch!! What the fuck? Here we are in a tight place that looks like it was built to hold King Kong and about to be raised 15-20 feet from sea-level buy pumping millions of gallons of water in to said Kong hole and these goofy old bastards disapper to eat lunch, leaving me and Tawn to not only tend to the lines that is holding not only our boat in place, but theirs as well. And to make sure that the fenders are staying in place so both of our boats don’t get tore up. Gawd damn! I did let my disapproval show a bit and called them “Old Bastards” more than loud enough for them to hear.

Anyway, millions of gallons of water and 20 feet later we are up at lake level and ready to leave the locks, which we did with no incidents or scratches on anyone’s boat. No thanks to the crew of the S.S. Geriatric.

Ballard Bridge

On to the Ballard Bridge, which opened right away for us. Going under this, after driving over it for so many years is pretty cool. In between here and the next bridge is where the fishing fleet keeps their boats and if you’ve ever seen that TV show “Deadliest Catch” on Discovery, the crab boats that are on that show are parked in this area.

After a mile or so through the water way called the canal, The next bridge is the Fremont bridge.

Canal to Fremont Bridge

Fremont bridge

No matter how high they raise it, it never seems like it’s gonna be high enough when you actually go under it.

Open bridge

After that bridge is Lake Union, this Lake is right in Downtown Seattle, so we sailed around here for a bit and dodged sea planes taking off and landing.

University bridge

The third bridge is the University bridge and then past that is the last bridge, The Montlake Bridge.(no pictures of the montlake bridge, I figure your tired of seeing bridge pictures).

We actually got lucky in getting through this last one. Not because it was hard to get through or anything, but because we were unaware that they stop raising the bridge at 3:30pm until 7pm each weekday due to rush hour traffic. We got there just in time to signal them and get it to open. Whew! Otherwise we would have been stuck between bridges, with no place to tie up or anyway to get to shore for 3 hours.

Once through the Montlake cut and under the bridge we were finally out and on to Lake Washington. The wind picked up and we sailed along the 520 bridge looking at all the commuters stuck in traffic…hahhahhah suckers.

We sailed directly to the Kirkland Marina and tied up to the outside of the dock. Took a stroll along the park and called our friends Dave and Rhonda, who live nearby and invited them over for dinner and drinks. After they left for the night (suckers had to go to work the next day) we headed into town for a nightcap.

Kirkland Marina

The next day we got up late, and went for a swim and scraped the barnacles of the prop. The wind picked up very nicely and we sailed back across the lake and started the whole bridge/lock process over again. I will let you know that it is alot easier going out through the locks than it is going in. I’m not sure why, but it is.

As always, I’ve drawn up a little map for your veiwing pleasure so you following along on the not so exciting adventures of Palarran and crew. Be sure to click on all the items, I added a few more pictures on the map than I put here in this writeup. Click here for the Map.

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I don’t feel 40??

I’m probably not the first person in the world to say this, but I never thought I would be a 40 year old. I don’t feel old, or like a person that I picture a 40 year old to be. What ever, just thought I’d start this post off that way.

As you can probably guess by now, I just recently turned 40 years old. As recently as 3 days ago on July 4th in fact. Having a birthday on the fourth of July has provided me with (to date) 39 really fun birthdays. I say 39 instead of 40 because on the day before my 20th birthday I bit through my tongue and had to get 6 stiches (IN my freakin tongue). Needless to say, the next day and many days after…really sucked.

This year however did not.

Both me and Tawn had to work on saturday, but that gave us sunday, monday, tuesday & wednesday off. So we loaded up the boat with food and booze and took off in search of fun and adventure.

As usual, you can follow the trip here via this crappy little map.

Saturday evening found us tied up behind our old friends (Scott and Angie) on Ghost, on the west side of Blake Island. We had a great fire on the beach and made s’mores…oh and some beer. Getting tied up to the mooring as we first arrived ended up with a slighting miscalculation on the amount of current on my part which resulted in our boat hitting Ghost. The damage was minor on both boats. Nothing a little sanding of the teak won’t fix. And as Scotty said “Luckily you hit a friend and not some random asshole”. Whether or not he really meant it, it made me feel better at the time. :) Thanks Scotty!

It still sucks to flub up a landing like that, but moving that slow in current in a full keeled boat can get tricky. This time I missed, but I did learn from it.

We left Blake island the next morning (Sunday, July 1st) and headed to Manzanita Bay on Bainbridge Island. There was absolutly no wind, so we motored the entire way there. Once there we did AB-SOLUT-LY nothing, which on occasion is one of my favorite things todo. Especially at anchor. I did take a dinghy ride up a small river as far as I could after a power nap in the hammock. But other than that, nothing.

The next morning (Monday, July 2nd) we got up and headed for Liberty Bay to meet up with Scott and Angie on Ghost. The wind was up and we sailed all the way to the raft up…..almost. Dave and Rhonda 0n Scepter were there and rafted up. So we tied off to them. The wind continued to build and after a small anchor dragging, we decided it would be prudent to set out a second anchor. Liberty Bay is a large bay, but on the 3rd of july it fills up and there is little room to move. So we dropped our anchor to give ourselves a little piece of mind.

Poulsbo is a small town that sets at the head of Liberty Bay. Every year on the 3rd of July they put on a fireworks show. Which is why we and about 200 other boats ended up there all at once. We spent the next 2 days hanging out and meeting up with our boating friends or just eating and drinking and watching the fireworks on the 3rd. I also got a very cool telescope from the crew of Ghost for my B-day, with our boat name engraved on the side. Very cool, every pirate ship needs one of these.

My buddy Dan showed up on his boat, the Blue Monkey II, later on the 3rd and another friend Mike showed up on his boat and they both tied up to our raft and the party was officially on. After the fireworks we stayed up late into the night drinking and singing, complete with guitar and harmonica accompaniment. None of which was really any good, but we were told, that what it lacked in quality, we more that made up for in loudness. Oh well, it sounded good to us at the time.

Wednesday brought with it abit of a hangover and a wake up call that was earlier than we really wanted but everyone wanted to get get back to Seattle fairly early. Ghost and Scepter broke of the raft up first and headed for home. After some coffee on shore, we cast Mike and Dan adrift we head for home ourselves. We motored all the way through Agate Passage until we go into Port Madison, but after bobbing around with no wind we motored out until we were out into the wind and had an awesome sail the rest of the way home.

Tawn had to run an errand (pick up Cheese cake for my bday party), so me and Dan jumped in the dinghy and headed through the locks and on in to Lake Union, grabbing more beer along the way, so we could meet up with Tawn at our friends Rich and Echo’s new boat for a fourth of July BBQ….and cheese cake. :)

The fireworks were awesome! A bunch of friends showed up. Rich and Echo’s new boat is awesome and I got some pretty cool gifts from Rich and Echo and Dave and Rhonda.

All in all a great bday weekend.

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