Friday, August 13, 2010

#66 Poulsbo

The Grays joined us about 10AM and we decided to push on to Poulsbo. We made moorage reservations and Wild Blue followed Lady Anne from Des Moines. The sun was bright and we had a great view of Mt. Rainer in the distance.

Mt. Rainer looks good today at 50 miles away!

It's mid-summer now and there's lots of boating in the greater Seattle waters. The increased traffic creates some tense situations when navigating narrow passages like Rich Passage, filled with commercial, pleasure and ferry craft. Our transit today kept us close to the shallow sides of Rich Pass the through-way to keep away from numerous crazy boaters. It was one of the few times we have heard a Washington Ferry Captain hailing many smaller craft on the VHF and continuing to sound his whistle.

Our route provided lots of excitement due to the crowded waters near Seattle.

By mid afternoon Lady Anne and Wild Blue were moored in the harbor next to the pretty community of Poulsbo. Founded by a Norwegian immigrant in the 1880s, Poulsbo was settled in its early years by a large number of Norwegian and other Scandinavian immigrants because of its similarities to their native countries. In fact Norwegian was the spoken language until WW2. Today some 7,000 residents call Poulsbo home and continue many Norwegian traditions and businesses.

We enjoyed walking the town, then drinking, dining and desserting our way back to the boat.

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