Jake’s Writings

starting in Oly puget sound3Hey guys, its Jake, a while ago I started drawing on a Puget Sound map our course. Our journey started in Olympia where we had our first party, then we motored over to Tacoma where we had our second party, from there we went to Port Orchard, and we got free moorage because we had a full punch card and also filled up on fuel. After that, we crossed the channel to Bremerton because Sarah got a gift card for Coldstone so we got some ice cream which was amazing. We left Bremerton within less then two hours. From there we went to Kingston and that took us almost all day and on the way, the motor stalled because the fuel filter was bad and luckily we had another one on board but when my dad was installing it he dropped the bolt in the bilge and I happened to have a magnet we had just gotten to grab it. We thought it was stainless steel but its a good thing it was not. Finally, we fixed that problem and were on our way. When we got there we bought some new batteries to replace the old ones and bought some closet rods to hold the stuff on our shelves in. Our longest trip made in Puget Sound was from Kingston to La Conner. There was lots of current so it took us three attempts to dock. We left early in the morning to Anacortez which was the shortest trip made in the Puget Sound. I really like fishing I’ve got a good pole, its a Shakespeare Inch thick Stiff Stick with a Penn baitcaster reel and three generations of fishing tackle but not for sea fishing so I bought 25 dollars worth of tackle at West Marine and Ace. My mom and I also bought my dad a new tool box. We met some nice people on a power boat in the slip next to us. We had a servey done on the boat and passed and also fixed the antenna for the VHF radio. We have a very close friend my dads age named Theresa who has a son named Patrick. He lives at Oak Harbor which is very close to Anacortez so Sarah and I spent a night there with his four kids and there friend. That was very fun. When we came back there was a problem with the Aries wind vain. The rudder wasn’t locking into place. After all that we left Anacortez and went to Port Townsend where there was a lot of people flying there pirate flags and setting off fireworks so we just assumed it was Port Townsend pirate day. Down there we met a guy named Joe who was taking the same journey we are and his buddy Bill helped us with the wind vain and told us to heat the sleeve that goes over the bend up so it would expand and move. That didn’t work so we just replaced the rudder all together. We left to go to Port Angeles and it was brutal. There was huge waves and I threw up four times and I don’t get sick very easily. After 11 hours of that we made it inside the bay and docked the boat. I was already asleep. In the morning I got up and had nothing to do so I went back to bed. When I woke up the second time my mom was awake so I went outside and ate breakfast. We hung out for a little while until after noon and I started fishing. I was fishing all day off the side of the boat and I didn’t catch anything then I went on the dock to the other side and there were some people on their cute catamaran named “Get Busy Liv’in” and while I was fishing I talked to them about how since we were so close to the ocean I might be able to catch a halibut. We all new that was unlikely. Just a minute after I got a bite, and the blow up was really funny but I reeled in the fish that was not fighting very hard. Once it was at the surface I saw it was a very small halibut. I pulled it up smacked it in the head to kill it, then I cleaned it and ate it the next day for lunch. It was very good. The day after that we headed out to try to get to Neah Bay which would take us 12 hours. About half way through, the weirdest sound came from the motor. So we killed it. Something happened to the transmition so we called the Coast Guard to send vessel assist. Which took and hour and a half. By the time they got to us we had drifted into the shipping lanes. We are lucky we weren’t in the way of a ship. They towed us back to Port Angeles so we could get the tranny fixed. We made it back in just a little more than five hours. So here we remain in Port Angeles looking for a new transmition. That our trip so far. Until next time, HABI HOBA

 

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