Posted by: Ann | May 9, 2022

May 9th, 2022, Monday, Destination Ketchikan

Ann at French Prairie Rest Area off I-5 in Oregon

We’re on the road again, and hopefully on the water by this evening. We departed Napa early Saturday and made a safe trip arriving Anacortes 6pm Sunday, 888 miles. I’m afraid I wasn’t much company as my last minute packing wore me out and I snoozed for much of the trip.

The weather Sunday morning in Eugene seemed cooler than usual for this time of year. Temperature was 39 deg F with a dusting of snow on the nearby hills. Skies were mostly cloudy with intermittent showers and sun. Seattle was much more pleasant than Portland, as usual. Diesel is abysmally expensive at $6.29/gal in CA., with the Pilot Travel plaza’s maintaining that price along I-5.

Events of note on the way,

• Lunch at Black Bear Diner #1 in Mt. Shasta city
• Jon’s espresso at the hut behind the mobile station in Ashland, diesel 5.75/gal
• Walk at French Prairie Rest Area, expertly maintained by Oregon State Dept of Transportation
• Armitage county park in Eugene, even though Jon accidentally reserved a tent-only space
Winding through West Seattle to drop off the sailboat hydraulics for re-build (again), which is time-consuming since the West Seattle Bridge, , is still out
• Sunday evening Walk to the point of Cap Sante park, Anacortes

Today Cap Sante Marine plans to launch the boat at 2:30 and we’ll be spending the night at Cap Sante Marina, hopefully watching the Golden State Warriors game #4 of the NBA Western conference semifinals from the bar in Anthony’s.


  1. Good to see you guys back at it for another season. Always enjoy your posts. I’m a bit confused though. Are you cruising on Fifth Element or Anomaly? I can’t remember which boat is where. Have a great cruise and Jane and I will follow along. I should do a blog for our cruises.

    • Hi Jamie, we are on Fifth Element for this cruise. Anomaly is safe in her berth in Point Richmond, continuing problems with the inverted vang hydraulics which I hope I have solved finally by machining some new pistons (to the correct tolerances).

  2. Glad to hear you and Jon are on the water again! I’ll be following your adventures. I would love to post your experiences-with photos and art-in the Palette, in place of your normally tech type column…what say you? Let me know if willing. Safe and exciting voyaging!

    • Hi Emily, sorry for the late reply. Sure, that would be fine if you’d like to grab some of the photos or text for the Palette. I don’t know it it will let you just copy it or not. ~Ann

  3. Jon and Ann, it is great to see you are getting underway again. W e have been following Jon’s upgrade to the TUG on the owners website. She could not have a finer couple taking her to places she was built to cruise. We wish you God speed on this years adventures. Len and Mary

    • Hi Len and Mary! We are trying to take good care of her following your lead. Our intent is to be in Glacier Bay by July, two years delayed by Covid. Then return via Sitka and the western channels. Hope you are well.

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