|Mt. Baker from Bellingham Bay.|
|Captain Bob and Ryan chat about the next few days.|
We spent our time learning about the boat and getting a feel for how it sailed. When the wind died down we motor sailed as much as possible. Our first leg was was about 26.2 miles with the end destination being Echo Bay in the fingers of Sucia Island.
|Always teaching, Bob explains some of the instrumentation.|
Once we got settled, Ryan and the kids set out the crab traps. They had purchased fish heads for bait and they filled the trap cage with a big smelly one. When the trap was down, everyone got into the boat and headed to shore. I stayed on board to fish and keep an eye on the crab trap.
On shore, Holly and Linda took a short hike recommended by Bob while Ryan and the kids played on shore. On the boat I jigged for fish and took a nap. Once everyone returned, the crab trap was checked several times by Zane and Anika. They caught a couple of keepers and then placed them in a big pot that worked as a temporary live well. Hopes were high that we would get a couple more and we could have a crab feast the next night. We fixed a spaghetti dinner, cleaned up and ate some cookies. The next hour was spent charting our course for the next day and then everyone went to bed.
|Our navigation backup.|
|Explaining the basics of port and starboard to Zane.|
|Sea dog at the helm.|
|Enjoying our first day on the water,|
|Zane skippering the boat.|
|Everyone aboard for a little hike.|
|With everyone gone I have the run of the boat.|
|Measuring the crabs and looking for keepers.|
|End of the day drinks and relaxation.|
|Plotting our next days route.|