Galley Wench Tales

Exploring the world through the people we meet
and the food they eat.


blue sky puffy pink clouds. a line of sailboats anchored on the water reflection below

Glassy-calm anchorage , Port Townsend, WA

The calm, clear anchorage from the night before transformed into the morning to a dense fog. We picked our way past the boats we remembered parked next to us the night before, toward the ferry dock, and from there toward shore and the dinghy dock. Port Townsend is a,  land rich in native, settler and maritime history,

What better way to mark the entry to a Wooden Boat Festival, than with a boat?

Our shore arrival coincided with the start of the annual wooden boat festival. We didn’t plan the time it would’ve taken to make attending the festival worthwhile, but lingered around the event’s cordoned off edges, like noses pressed up against a window. We needed to press on, unsure how much extra time we might need to allow to pick our way through fog to reach our next destination, Roche Harbor, San Juan Island.

red umbrellas and picnic tables at hot dog stand

Dogs A Foot Hot Dog Stand, a longtime Port Townsend establishment.

But first, Wayne craved a hot dog. He was in luck.

Wayne’s a simple guy, and the plain all-beef frank from Dogs A Foot delivered. Succulent and juicy, bypassing the gluten-free bun for the crispy outside soft inside

worth-a-cheat wheat. Spicy wench that I am, the andouille called. Delish as it was, Wayne got the better deal.

Hot dog on bun with mustard onions and dill relish

Andouille dog with a partial set of the free toppings.

We waddled back to the dinghy, and motored back to the boat in the still-thick fog.

Despite our many thousands of miles sailing, this was only our second experience sailing in fog. Chris and Chris are far more experienced, and put their radar and AIS (both to spot other boats) to good use. We got a couple of good jolts nonetheless due to visibility of less than 1/8th of a mile and boats with sketchy/no AIS signal and radar profile.

Wayne and Chris(tine) both spotted the quick flick of a charcoal-colored fin of a harbor porpoise in time for us to see see it once more before it swam off.

red buoy with birds

This buoy, spotted early on, was one of the few highly visible objects we encountered until a stone’s throw from San Juan Island.

Finally, after hours of relying on both instruments and diligent eyeballing, we sailed out of the for just as we approached the San Juan Island Lime Kiln Lighthouse. The curtain of fog swept away, we could see the Olympics and the mountains of British Columbia. A good way to end our passage into Roche Harbor, San Juan Island.

thin clouds, mountain range, white fog layer and water

Gazing from offshore San Juan Island, Washington, to British Columbia, Canada

fogbow in white with left side visibility obscured, blue sky above, blue water below and land visible far left

Sailing past the fog-bow gate, San Juan Island, WA becomes visible at Lime Kiln.