Alaska or Bust

Day 1: Alaska or Bust

WE headed out from Tacoma. We leave late in the evening on Mothers Day. Our target desitination is Alaska. But that will be three or weeks from now.

Date: 5/13/2018
Tacoma Departure: Tacoma
Destination: Port Madison GPS: 47 42.3577 N 122 29.9726 W
Hour meter: 1110 (at TYC)
Todays Distance: 29. 9 mile
Total miles; 29.9 miles

We untie the lines, and backed out of the TYC guest dock at 1926 on May 13th Mother’s Day. We had Heather, my wife, daughter Danielle, Son Josh and Marty’s wife Molly to see us off. It is a very calm night with no wind and clear skies. We cleared the breakwater and headed the boat toward Colvos Passage on the westside of Vashon Island to start the first leg of our journey to Alaska. No sooner had we cleared the breakwater that we received a cell phone call saying we left the fish net in our dock box. Back to the marina we went. Joshua handed us the net as we motored by and picked it up.

I enjoyed my departure day with my mom prior to leaving for Alaska. It will be a long time before I see my mom again. I’ll have to keep in touch by email and phone.

Mom and Me

We did our final loading up at TYC. Heather was up early for the last minute shopping and loading the boat. Without her I would never have gotten the boat all loaded up, and/or ready to go. Alaska or bust, here we go.

We decided to leave late Mother’s Day evening. We did that because it allowed our spouses to see us off, since they still have to work on Monday. Monday will be both my first day of vacation, as well as first day of my retirement from state service. Leaving early allowed us to get up North earlier tomorrow morning to catch the outgoing current flowing out of Admiralty Inlet.

The Crew

We motored up on the west side of Vashon Island, up Colvos Passage. As the light of the day faded I put on the running lights. Only to find out the port light and stern light not working. Got the stern light working with just a jiggle. The port light was another issue. After trying to get it working, I finally just used the emergency running lights for tonight. Will need to work on lights a little more somewhere else along the way.
We motored until around 0030 Monday morning. We anchored out off Port Madison. See chart below.

We anchored here
Got to bed around 0100 on 5/14. Night is calm, and no wind. Boat was rolling a little as I drifted off to sleep.


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