Here are some pictures of the trip from Okanogan to Anacortes along scenic Highway 20. We start out in the low lands with some farms and ranches.
Now we move into the mountains. There were a lot of motorcycle groups on the road. The weather was really pretty nice. According to the thermometer in my rental it was 75. I was surprised at the number of Corvettes I saw on this leg of the trip. I saw at least 10 of them, mostly new, but one '61 or '62. I guess a lot of rich people frequent this area.
My next stop was the hospital to visit the Captain and then to the boat. I had to return the rental car and take a bus from SeaTac Airport to Anacortes, so my main reason for stopping at the boat was to drop off one of my bags. I left Anacortes near sundown and got to the Seattle area well after dark. The traffic was heavy and there were lots of people out enjoying the night life. I was looking for an Internet Cafe and couldn't find one open.
I finally gave up and turned in the rental. I took their shuttle to the airport and spent the night recharging my iPod, hanging out near Starbucks (only place open) and generally doing some people watching. I discovered new things. I observed a guy with some type of hearing problem. He had an electronic device attached to his ear and it emitted a blue light. A little later I observed a second guy with the same device and he was talking to himself. When the third "hearing impaired" person walked by talking to himself I realized this was some type of high tech cell or satellite phone. I felt like Jethro Bodine.
The other discovery I made was that most of the women seemed to wear blouses that were too short. This obviously allowed the rest of us to observe the tattoos they had on their backs and their naval piercing's. I didn't take any pictures of these modern marvels because I didn't want to deal with the TSA wannabe's. I did manage to take the following two pictures right before getting on the bus. This little bird was flying around inside the lower section of the airport eating food that had fallen to the floor.
The ride back to Anacortes was pleasant. I didn't have to drive. I was checking out the people driving and noticed that most of them sit so close to the wheel that they can't possibly react to an emergency without getting into a lot of trouble. I also saw more Corvettes.
Well here are some pictures of the boat. As you can see, it is in the yard and on stilts. This is the "Above Rubies," a 36' Cape Dory. It is cutter rigged and set up for single handing.