We have a drone!

Actually, it’s quadcopter. A DJI Phantom 2 Vision + quadcopter. It shoots stills and hi def video.

We took the new toy with us on our recent visit to the Gulf Islands. Here’s a collection of short clips I put together from the trip. Watch it full screen!

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Gulf Islands – The first week

OK. I know this is a bit late. So let’s roll the wayback machine back a couple weeks and pretend this post is timely. We just returned from two weeks in the Gulf Islands. We had such a great time that I didn’t keep the blog updated while we were on our voyage.

I’ve known Bruce for over 45 years now. We met in elementary school. Despite this, he foolishly agreed to come along with us for a week in the Gulf Islands. I had envisioned a week of indentured servitude where we (he) would get a bit of work done around the boat. Kim, on the other hand, thought we should let him participate in the relaxation and fun. Sadly, she won. That was probably good for Bruce, but the projects are still undone.

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A short video from the Grand Banks rendezvous

Here’s a short video from the 2014 Grand Banks rendezvous in Roche Harbor shot by Ian McGhie from Stan Miller Yachts.

We just acquired one of these drone thingies. A DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus. I hope to shoot some great video before I accidentally sink it.

An introduction to Seattle boating

Johnny and Robin, friends from California are looking for a boat to buy. We thought it would be nice to invite them up for a long weekend and show them how just how fantastic boating around Seattle can be.

Johnny and Robin have chartered in both the San Juan and Gulf Islands. Their last adventure was aboard a Nordic Tug 42. So they are familiar with Northwest boating. We wanted to show them some of the sites, how we use our boat, and just generally have a great time on the water.

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Lake Union for the the 4th of July

We decided to try something new this year for the Fourth of July. We decided to watch the fireworks on Lake Union. We usually avoid crowds and especially crowds of boats. But for some unknown reason, we threw caution to the wind this year. The challenge for us is that we can’t see the north half of the lake from our slip so we had to venture out into the fray and anchor in the melee of boats. This year we were feeling brave.

mv Archimedes Lake Union Fireworks 8

The fireworks are fantastic, but the “pre show” on the lake is equally entertaining.

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Poulsbo for Flag Day

We motored over to Poulsbo on Friday and spent most of Saturday there. We anchored outside the marina. While the weather wasn’t wonderful, it was pleasant enough. Very little wind left us with calm flat water. Everything was still and quiet … and gray and overcast, but still pleasant. Saturday was Flag Day*.

We passed the largest vessel we have ever encountered in Liberty Bay on the way to the marina. American Cruise Line’s American Spirit was anchored in the deeper part of the bay and busy ferrying passengers to waiting buses on shore.

mv Archimedes cruise ship in Poulsbo 1

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The Most Amazing Salmon Recipe EVER! (ask Rusty!)

Okay, maybe it’s not really THE most amazing salmon recipe ever, but it appears to go over well with every guest we’ve ever served it to.  And before another word, I want to be sure credit for the recipe goes to the original source, which is America’s Test Kitchen.   The recipe is published in their magazine.  I’ve abbreviated it somewhat for here, but in all, it’s their concept.

On with the recipe!   If you’re looking for an easy but amazingly flavorful way to prepare salmon while on board, look no further – excellent whether prepared by simply following the recipe or adding your own tweaks, this is almost infallible.   It’s quick, it’s easy, and for us it’s become a go-to recipe on water or land!

mv Archimedes Kim's great salmon recipe

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