Sunday, October 21, 2007

New York City with Kyler

Kyler landed an incredible opportunity to work as an intern for the Clinton Foundation in New York city for 4 months in the fall..  She took the time off of college at Western Washington University to do volunteer and get credit for the experience.  I went to visit her for  a long weekend.  We walked around the city, saw Central Park, met Peter Yarrow at FAO Schwarz toys, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and saw a play.  It was a fantastic weekend!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Autumn Cruising

Port Orchard was the destination this past weekend for the Seattle Singles Yacht Club overnight and Chowderfest. It was the perfect fall weekend... foggy and overcast in the morning with the warm sun burning it off each afternoon. It was a crispy fall weekend in the 60's. The "Rophy" just couldn't wait to burst through the locks out into Puget Sound.... the woman at the help was a bit reluctant... but ventured forth all the while asking herself... "Why has it been so long since I've felt the salty breeze against my skin on this boat?!"
I'm coming up on the two year anniversary since I had the Rophy and I am grateful every day. I try to get it out at least twice or more a month all year long. I feel confident taking it out but sometimes those little voices in my head question myself too much.
Corn chowder was my contribution without any milk or cream... I just loved it...
The "Cottage Chowder" was made by Gary with Razor Clams dug at the ocean when a group of us went to the Cottage for a weekend during clam digging!
There must have been almost 20 boats from the yacht club there... each with crew! We had so much fun. I love the friends I have made over the years and this weekend.
There was a lot of fog... I went on Friday when it was clear.This is what it was like before all the boats arrived... you can see Bremerton in the background. Rophy is right there in the middle.
This is a photo Gary took from our dock of the sub in the inlet Saturday afternoon. That is Bremerton across the water.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Taking to the wind

Saturday afternoon the Seattle Singles Yacht held the annual yacht race to benefit Northwest Harvest food bank. I had the opportunity to fly in a Cessna plane over the race with the photographer for two hours. It took about 15 minutes before I could breathe after take-off!

Though I did go in a float plane several times this summer to the islands, I am have not lost the white knuckle feeling! The plane flew as low as 300 feet over the boats. It was quite windy which was breathtaking for most of those racing. Every time the window of the plane opened to take pictures the wind rushed in as we were going over 100 mph.

What an awesome sight watching the graceful sailboats using the power of the wind to cut through the water! I watched as they heeled, came about and put up spinnakers.
These photos are not nearly as great as the originals by the photographer!

That night I was the auctioneer for the live auction which added to the tens of thousands of dollars the club donated to the food bank.