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Sunday's rest.

by the First Mate

Yesterday Chuck and I did nothing yesterday except sleep in, have a late breakfast and spend the day together.

Hallie returned to her slip in Petersburg Saturday evening after a successful first 2015 round of veterinary work in Coffman Cove and Thorne Bay. 

The trip over was uneventful.  Sunshine and mill pond conditions made for a quiet trip and we arrived in Coffman Cove at 8:30pm on the 16th.  The next three days were busy with spays, wellness exams and vaccinations.  It is fun to look out at the dock and see dogs and owners visiting in our unofficial waiting room while waiting their turn.  We were in good company as the "Dentist Boat" was moored a few slips behind us and many clients dropped their dogs off for morning surgery then headed to their own appointment a few doors down. 

We stayed in Coffman Cove for 3 days then headed to the larger and communication friendly town of Thorne Bay.  The fishing fleet has just gotten started for the season and the town was not as active as we've seen previously. Although we weren't quite as busy during our time in Thorne Bay we were able to make some great contacts for our next voyage and I managed to take in a short hike along with a a nice bicycle ride.

It is amazing how small the cruising world is.  I ran into the crew of "Rover", a Cape Dory 33' from Coos Bay.  Turns out Jean and Tom are from Ashland, OR and when I inquired "don't suppose you know Jim and Gloria Elder" they laughed and said they were old friends. Yep, small world.

I also had the opportunity to visit with Jo of Alaskafloatsmyboat.com who introduced me to a little known Alaskan delicacy of Beach Asparagus.  Jo had just gotten back from harvesting this wonderful green and sent me home with a generous bag of the stuff with cooking instructions.  Chuck was a bit skeptical at first but after the first bite was convinced of it's charms.  Sauteed with onion and garlic and a touch of maple syrup to give it a sweet and salty flavor we devoured the stuff quickly and were left wanting more. Be sure to check out Jo's website for more Alaskan edibles to harvest while you are visiting.

While I was away Chuck managed to get some work done on the boat, do some editing on our next videos plus put out two radio programs.  Wednesday's KFSK Street Beat featured Ricki Lee Jones and Aloha Friday once again featured Hawaiian music. 

We expect Hallie to depart again in another 6-7 weeks, possibly visiting Craig next time out. 

The sun is shining, temperatures are expecting to reach into the 70's today and this afternoon I need to finalize the logistics of transporting two Humane Association cats to Seattle where they will be placed in their new forever home with my Mom when I visit later this week.

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