Both of us love the water, so a few months ago DH and I began searching online for a way to spend some time exploring by boat. We both agreed time on a giant cruise ship was out. The crowds, noise, revelry and distance from nature just didn’t appeal to either of us.
So our interest was captured by a web site for Northwest Navigation and their boat, the David B. She is a sixty-five foot wooden motor vessel owned and operated by Jeffrey and Christine Smith.
The Smiths spent eight years restoring the ship and its Washington Iron Works engine.
They relaunched it as a tour boat in 2006.
Jeffrey is a skilled captain and Christine is an enthusiastic naturalist and accomplished chef. It didn’t take much convincing for us to sign up for a five day tour of the San Juan Islands of Puget Sound in the northwest corner of
. Washington State
In fact I was almost jumping up and down when we found the David B at the marina in
. Bellingham Bay
The weather was perfect the morning we boarded along with three other passengers. Christine made sure we were settled into our comfortable rooms and then went to work in the galley.
|Christine in the galley with Juliette, passenger and assistant chef.|
Jeffrey is at the wheel in the pilothouse.
Christine has a handsome wood stove in her galley
where she creates scrumptious food with fresh bread for every meal.
DH and I savored the sunlight sparkling off the water as the David B’s three cylinder engine kept up a soothing chug which sounded to me like a cross between a Harley motorcycle and a fetal heart monitor.
The Sound was filled with plenty of other small craft plus the inter-island ferries that carry passengers to ports in the
San Juan Islands.
Every day we stopped to explore something on some island. This is Jeffrey bringing Jeff and Chris and Christine (yes the similar names were a bit confusing) to the beach where we would go on a hike around
Christine pointed out different trees, birds and plants and showed us creatures in the tide pools.
She led us on explorations of forest trails…
…and pointed out fossils
…in the mudstone of
We were never far from land and we could almost always see 10, 700 ft. Mount Baker, a thermally active peak, second only to Mount St. Helens, in the
Each evening Jeffrey found a quiet cove to drop anchor and each morning
was a relaxing experience of stillness spiced with aromas of breakfast
from Christine's stove.
More about our voyage next post
Christine's book about the restoration
of the David B
Road Trip Part 2-Smelled the Mountain Air Man
Road Trip Part 3-On the Ship David B
Road Trip Part 4-Pods of Orcas
Road Trip Part 5-The Problem is All Inside Your Head
Road Trip Part 6-Looking Down On Fishermen
Road Trip Part 7-The Cure for Anything Is Water
Road Trip Part 8-Lighthouses
Road Trip Part 9-Slow Down and Read the Signs
Road Trip Part 10-Fresh Crabs
Road Trip Part 11-Food
Road Trip Part 12-Giants
Road Trip Part 13-Crossing the Deadly Desert