I know, I know. Once again this is just a little late. But it is the last post before I am all caught up.
My brother Jim, and his wife Annie, live in Austin, Texas. We convinced them to temporarily abandon the wonderful summer weather in Texas and come visit the rainy northwest for the Fourth of July weekend. The plan was to take them to Blake Island on the second, and then on to Poulsbo for the Third of July festivities. And that is just what we did.
The weather was fantastic. We motored down to Blake Island and anchored on the west side of the island. Annie is from Kenya. Boating was an entirely new experience for her. Being the kind and gracious hosts that we are, we threw her in to the deep end of the pool, so to speak, right away. We showed her how to drive the dinghy. We took her kayaking. No one got wet and everyone had a good time.
We made Phyllo wrapped tarragon chicken for dinner. Had a nice bottle of wine, and a relaxing evening. Perhaps I can talk Kim into posting that recipe here. It’s easy and tasty. And it can be made in advance and frozen. Perfect for the boat.
The morning of the third, we headed back to Liberty Bay to get a great spot for the fireworks that night. We ended up about 200 yards from where the fireworks barge would tie up. Not bad.
As usual, with the nice weather, there were many boats in the bay. All shapes and sizes. This picture is from earlier in the day. By evening, there was little room for anchoring close to Poulsbo.
In the afternoon, Jim and Annie went exploring in the dinghy while Kim and I lounged around on the boat. Annie looks relaxed here. Jim did all the hard work.
Dinner was hamburgers on the BBQ. Hatch green chilis in the burgers. Yum.
The fireworks were great. As usual, the show was all around us. Lots of fireworks were launched from shore around the bay both before and after the official show.
Here is a short video of the dinghy parade and fireworks. Shot with my iPhone. Kim liked the fireworks. That’s her laughing at the end. At least I think it was the fireworks. Could have been the wine. 🙂
The morning of the fourth, we motored all the way back to the Liberty Bay Marina. That took about five minutes. Another fun excursion and holiday on the boat.