|Good thing we trust our navigation equipment!|
|We've arrived, finding our hide out!|
Wednesday, July 24th Brookings, OR to Crescent City, CA, day 20 23.8nm 3hrs avg 8knots
|Pairadice with another US Coast Guard Station in the background.|
|Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City, Northern California Coast|
First constructed 1856, automated 1953
listed on the National Resister of Historic Places.
|Patches is exploring a huge fallen tree stump.|
|More tall trees all over the place!|
|Downtown "Old Town" and waterfront, Eureka, California|
|Historic Waterfront Cafe is on the National Register, built in the Victorian era, circa 1850!|
|After lunch we made our way back through the Redwoods Forest.|
|This section was even more awe inspiring than yesterday.|
|View of the radar station from the road in the park.|
(The windows are false!)
|There were three buildings on the compound,|
staffed by Army Air Corp troops who were living in Klamath.
|While in use for the war efforts, the cinderblock wall was covered by wooden planks,|
to help escape detection. It was the northern most station built in 1942
to help protect the coastline from Mexico to Canada.
|Enjoyed another fascinating day exploring!|
Sunday, July 28, day 24 (back to reality)
Returned the rental car this morning, so will be working on getting the boat cleaned up inside and out while we wait for the weather window to head farther south. Yesterday while driving south to Eureka we check out marina choices. Not quite as enjoyable as visiting the Redwoods Parks! We found the marina we will use (really only one choice, the others were, no way!)
|John, working on something in his garage...|
|That night, the F/V Linda Jean returned from a favorable fishing trip.|
I had recently befriended it's sister ship moored next to us, which the Captains kids run.
What a delightful group they all are! It seemed only fitting to share half our pie with them!
|The next morning, the Captain of Linda Jean awarded us with|
this amazing King Salmon right off the boat! It doesn't get any
fresher than that! It certainly pays to make friends on the docks!
|It is refrigerated for three days and the mass is flipped every 24 hours.|
|Mary and Ian onboard AEgris.|
|After three days time, the dill is discarded and the salmon is readied for the freezer.|
I did have a taste with bagel, cream cheese and capers first! This method and recipe is amazing!
We had called in advance to get our slip assignment at Noyo River Marina, knowing we would arrive after the office was closed. The morning portion of the cruise was great! The dolphins were running with us which was very exciting, until early afternoon when John noticed that the auto pilot was going crazy, over correcting more than 20 degrees each way.
|This is the emergency tiller, after it was used.|
Heading into the Noyo River Marina was hair raising!
There were a couple of fishing boats trolling in front of the
breakwater entrance, back and forth, they had no radio and had no idea
we could not steer! It's very tight snaking through there. John had to leave
the tiller and steer us back to our slip with the thrusters. Ian and Mary
met us on the dock, knowing our stress level was pretty high.
|The next day, after it was cleaned up.|
Steering ram rebuild kit and hydraulic fluid are ordered.
We will be in Fort Bragg longer than planned.
|Once the new seals were received, John took the mechanism to|
a guy, who everyone in the neighborhood knows, who has a machine
shop in his garage. Special tools were necessary to rebuilt the thing.
Then were had to wait for the amazon shipment of the hydraulic fluid.
Once that arrived all the air had to be bled from the system.
It was a trying week, but it was eventually completed.
|Friday August 9th day 36. Up and ready about before dawn.|
|Ft. Bragg to Bodego Bay, Spud Point Marina 85nm.|
|We were underway!|
|The fog was heavy off the coast.|