Daily Archives: September 9, 2014

Pinch Me!

Is all this fun really happening? The Port Townsend Wooden Boat Show was much more than we expected:

Beautiful wooden boats! – old (i.e. late 1800’s), new, tiny, large tall ships. Walking onboard and ducking inside some of the older vessels gives the feeling of stepping back into history.

Informative and entertaining talks and demonstrations!  – I got some very useful sail maintenance tips in the Hasse Sail Loft.

Creative boat wood working projects! – SUP boards, surf boards, mini float homes, etc

Great Food and Venues! – my favourite venue was a portable bar that looked kinda like a stage coach aptly named the “Wee Nip”, replete with bar tender pirate characters.

Art and Wood Crafts! – gorgeous wood craftsmanship

In addition to all this it was Port Townsend itself, an upbeat, funky-artsy seaside town with lots of old houses, wooden boats in the harbour and a kick-ass farmers market! The people were fantastic.  To top it all off we got to share some of this with Cortes Island friends who stayed for a sleep over with 7 of us bunked down on Adesso. No problemo!  Also one representative from our home port in Comox  – Stuart Mckenzie could be seen moving between the Wee Nip and Bar Harbour …

Rosario

Bannister family

A room with a view

The day after clearing into the US looked a little wet so we decided to take Barry and Irene McPhee’s (met on Prevost Island) advice and check out Rosario on Orcas Island.  What a great idea that was – for small fee we received a mooring and access to the spa – hot tub, outdoor pool, and indoor saltwater pool.  The building has a fantastic history and if you appreciate woodwork it will impress.  Originally built by the owner of the Seattle Shipyard which built the last Victory class warship for the US navy.  Those skill craftsmen were then put to work on Orcas so every where you look you see their handy work.  While it rained outside we took in the spa, the building and even sat in the bar to play cribbage and of course have a beer. A wonderful place to check out if you are ever in the area.

Bannister family

Saltwater Pool