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End of the Season

Well we finished up the 2009 season this past Sunday. It was another great trip. The weather was beautiful. We did have some breezy conditions on Saturday night and Sunday, but it was clear with a full moon and sunny during the day.

One of the highlights of this trip was a walk to Iceberg Point on Lopez Island. We met a nice couple who have a summer home on Lopez and in talking with them it turned out that they and one of the couples traveling with us have a mutual friend.

Jeffrey and I also met up with someone we know from the David B’s early days on Lopez. He’s one of the many Islanders who helped the former owner of the David B get it up and running. He’s a pretty interesting person. He has a foundry on the island that he made himself and now makes Gatling Guns for a company is the South. I think he said Louisiana.

Besides running into interesting people on our walk to Iceberg Point we also spent a bunch of time watching and photographing a couple of Northern Harriers that were flying through the trees and across the dried grass looking for mice and other prey. These hawks are some of my favorites. They have beautiful owl-like faces.

I am a little behind in getting pictures up, but I’ll be posting a few here on the blog and then all the rest on the website in the next couple of weeks.

While we won’t have any trips until May, we will keep posting about winter projects, specials and anything else that’s related to cruising on the David B.

Our First Reviews on Yelp

We just got our first reviews on Yelp.com the other day. I hope others who have been on the David B will start to review us so that anyone deciding to come aboard with us will see what great trips we offer and how much fun it is to cruise on the David B. Below is a link to our Yelp page.

Reviews on Yelp

Kayak Mothership Cruise

Last week we had a great 4-day Kayak Mothership cruise with our guide Tim and passengers Virgina, Steve and Sally. As usual in the San Juan Islands, the September weather was beautiful; sunny, warm and calm. At night the stars were out and the phosphorescence was strong.

Our kayakers paddled the southern end of Lopez Island, through a small group of islands in the San Juans known as the Wasp Islands, Deer Harbor, Roche Harbor, Garrison Bay and circumnavigated Sucia Island. Besides great kayaking we had a wonderful sunset hike to the top of Young Hill on San Juan Island. Here are some pictures from fall kayaking in the San Juans.

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For meals I served up some Cioppino, Salmon Chowder, Almond Crusted Halibut with a Vodka Cream Sauce, lots of fresh baked bread and pastries. Everyone was also happy to have a comfortable bed and hot showers at the end of each day’s paddles.

Information on Kayak Mothership Cruises

Great Article About Small Ship Cruises in Alaska

A couple of days ago I found this article on Frommers Website . I was so thrilled to see someone writing about alternative choices people have to the big cruise ships. If you have a couple extra moments to read it, here’s the link to it.

frommers.com

Busy Summer

Well another busy summer is almost behind us. We have just a few more trips on the schedule and like every year at this time is promise myself that I’ll make a habit of writing more for the blog. I’m a bit ashamed that the last time I sat down to write something was in December.

We got a late start this season because we wanted to do a full engine rebuild over the winter and that completed in June. The 1929 antique Washington Estep 3-cylinder is running better than ever and we’re happy to have taken it fully apart and to have had everything, cleaned, polished and painted.

The highlights from this summer are from trips that we did in the San Juan Islands. In June we welcomed our kayak guide Tim, back for a 4th season and had 4 wonderful days kayaking the shores of San Juan Island, Orcas Island and Sucia Island.

Another great trip was a 3-day trip that included two passengers who bought a trip on the David B through the Sand and Sage Audubon auction.

For the first time, we joined forces with another boat for a Northwest Wine Tour of the San Juan Islands. This trip was not only a great way to learn about wines made in the San Juan Islands, but it also turned out to be quite a crab feast as well.

In the picture below, Jeffrey is getting ready to deliver a Bento-Bag of California Rolls for two of our passengers who were kayaking around Garrison Bay. We made the Sushi from some of the extra yummy dungeness crab we caught and then cooked up fresh that afternoon.

We were also treated to many trips with sightings of the orca whales. One of the best days was just outside of Friday Harbor where we were the first boat to find the whales so we had some time to watch them without too many other boats around.

We still have a couple of spaces open on our September 25-27, 2009 Weekend Getaway. If you would like to make a reservation for this cruise it is $695.00 per person. If you call and book before September 20th we’ll give you 20% off if you mention that you read our blog.

More Website Improvements – Live Chat!

Jeffrey just finished adding a new touch to the website. Live Chat. Whenever either Jeffrey or myself is at the computer we’ll be logged into to answer questions you might have about any or our cruises. We hope to hear from you soon! You can can log into our Live Chat on our website http://www.northwestnavigation.com/site/

New Website

Last night we launched our new website. We redesigned the website to make it easier to for you to find information about our cruises and to see what it is like to cruise with us aboard the David B. We have a new photo gallery with pictures from most of our cruises from the last 3-years. All of our pictures are clickable so you can have a better look.

In the next few weeks we will be adding new pages and a couple of new videos produced by one of our passengers, Terry Richard. I hope you enjoy the new website as much as we do.

The Winter List

We are often asked what we do in the off-season. Do we take the winter off and go some place warm? Do we spend our winters reading books and sleeping in? While we might do some skiing at Mt. Baker and Whistler the answers are, that we mostly do work on the boat. We do this to make sure the David B is even better next year than it was this year.

Through out the summer months Jeffrey and I write down ideas and projects that we would like to do during the off-season. Now is time of year that we look over the list and decide what we are going to do. This winter looks to be filled with sanding, painting and varnishing, as well as, a new pump to clean mud off the anchor chain as it goes in to the anchor chain locker. Over the next few months I’ll be looking forward to sharing with you and reporting in on how things are shaping up with the Winter List. To both Jeffrey and I it is a very satisfying time of year where we really get to make the David B shine.

Cruising the San Juan Islands in October

We just finished up the 2008 cruising season on the David B in the San Juan Islands. October in the islands is my favorite time of year. It is quiet, fewer people are around, and the solitude of our anchorages provides for a unique get-away in a popular destination. Fall in the San Juans has a different feeling. The air is crisp with the smell of fallen leaves and salt water. It is a time where we might be the only ones visiting Sucia or Jones Island and it is a pleasure to share that solidtude with others on the David B.
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