6/8/14 Orca Whales!
With a study and warm southerly wind we sailed along the western shore of Stuart Island, and right into a traveling group of cavorting orcas! It was J pod, one of our resident groups, and granny, who at 103 years old, and the matriarch of the southern resident orca community, was there leading the way.
Heading back to port from the Canadian border it was an exhilarating upwind sail in 25-30 knots under reefed main and jib. Best wind of the season so far!
7/8/14 A San Juans Idyll
A clearing morning sky pulled back the curtains on another transfixing scene. Islands of emerald green slid past on either side of the bow as we sailed slowly northwest towards the far outer corner of the US. With their unlikely high pitched cries, eagles wheeled overhead in search of unwary fish. Newborn baby seals paddled eagerly to keep up with their moms as they took in their new watery homes. And soft whispers of warm wind filled the sails, carrying us through a labyrinth of fir and madrona-clad islands. And as a majestic cap to the day a small pod of orcas greeted us at the top of San Juan channel, travelling off to the Canadian border. Can anyone tell I like my job?
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