Shaw Island -- June 24-25, 2006

  This voyage is rated 5 mainsails out of 5 on the Mainsail-o-meter.

Jack and Ruth not only invited us to join them on an overnight sail to Parks Bay on Shaw Island, but also to avail ourselves of the guest room in their splendid new house on the hill overlooking Burrows Bay on the southwest fringes of Anacortes.  Above is the view from the living room, looking across Burrows Bay to Allan and Burrows Islands, with the Olympic Mountains in the distance.

They wined us and then they dined us and then we all headed out to the deck for some sunny but brisk deck-sitting.

Here we see the view of the yacht harbor from the deck.  If you know where to look, you can see the good ship Mariah III.

Their house is the gray one with white trim right in the middle of the image above.

"It just doesn't get any better than this."

Now this is some real sailing...

All at once, we found ourselves caught up in the midst of a 'things that fly' paradigm.  The trimarian above had its starboard hull flying fully out of the water,

shortly after which this seaplane flew right over our heads,

and next thing we knew this dragon fly decided to park on Jack's shoe for a few minutes.  We're still not sure what it all meant.  Maybe nothing?

Another delightful visit to Bowman Bay before returning to Anacortes and the cruel reality of Sunday night.

The collapsed mainsail stacked on the boom behind the mast made an interesting image.

And yet again, our sincere thanks to Jack and Ruth for including us.

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