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We park next to a huge, mobile sling used for hauling boats out of the water.

If you’re into into historic towns and boats, and you find yourself in the Pacific Northwest, do yourself a favor and check out Port Townsend, Washington. It sits on peninsula that forms the entrance to Puget Sound and is one of those rare, old towns which is situated to engage the sea. A drive to the local boat yard confirms this. Everywhere vessels from from small sailboats to huge trawlers are on the hard, awaiting refits and repairs. Cape George boats are built there. It’s a nice place.

The area along the waterfront, is known as “downtown.” When we asked about a good local pub, the folks at the natural food store pointed us up the hill (toward “uptown”) to the Uptown Pub. This is a classic bar with good vibes, good food, and local beers. We happened to be there for open mic night and also saw some talented musicians. One guy even came up with his cello… and rocked, playing it traditionally and like a guitar. It was pretty amazing. We’re considering it as a home base for our upcoming Pacific Northwest Trip.

To get there, take Highway 20 north from 101as it runs along the Olympic National Forest. More photos below. Read the rest of this entry »

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We were up in Seattle searching for a boat a couple of weeks ago. We’ve been seriously looking since fall of last year for our upcoming Pacific Northwest trip this summer and fall. We saw several from Tacoma, Washington all the way up to Campbell River, BC. Read the rest of this entry »

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While driving around the Pacific Northwest last week, looking at boats, we spotted this nice, mid-1990s Toyota 4×4 Pickup. I don’t know anything about it except that it looks clean and stock. For a nearly 20-year-old Toyota 4×4, that’s saying something.

The other interesting thing is that it’s located in Point Roberts, an odd little little piece of Washington state that’s connected to Canada, instead of the rest of the United States. The only way to get to this 4-square-mile hamlet, with its own border crossing, is to drive through our neighbor to the north or take a boat.

If you’re interested in the truck, the number’s on the windshield. I posted another picture and a map after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

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I just came across these amazing charts that show the undersea topography of various U.S. cruising grounds in gorgeous relief. Each chart, built from layers of laser-cut birch, comes framed and ready to hang.

This particular one, of the Salish Sea, east of Vancouver Island, measures 25″ x 31″ and can be had for $248. Very nice indeed.

Link: Below the Boat

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There are some great trip reports over on the Expedition Portal Forums. Here are a couple of highlight photos from a guy who posts under the name “Sabre.” He and his wife took an overland trip from their home in Washington state to the southwest. The photos and scenery are stunning. And they did the whole trip in a stock Gen 3 Montero.

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If you happen to be in Seattle, check out Rocco’s, a new pizzeria / bar that opened up about five months ago in Belltown. The interior is stylish: black-painted tin ceiling, wall paper, framed hanging succulents, and vintage-beer-signs-as-art on the back wall; and the pizzas are delicious: light, thin crusts, and topped with things like fennel, sage, and butternut squash. Plus they have a full bar. It’s a pretty enticing combo.

They’re located at 2228 Second Avenue in Seattle. If you don’t have time to take in the atmosphere, give them a call. I’m sure they’ll make a pizza for you for take out: 206.448.2625.

There’s a map after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

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While up in the Pacific Northwest the other day looking at boats, I took the Black Ball Ferry Line’s classic, 1950’s-era ship, the Coho, from Port Angeles to Victoria, British Columbia. If you’re in the area and need to get yourself and your car over to Vancouver Island, I highly recommend stepping aboard.

While there I saw, on the wall of a building near the ferry terminal, the mural below and thought, “Huh?” The boat looked so weirdly retro-futuristic I wondered if it had ever existed. Indeed it had. A little research when I got home revealed that it was the Kalakala, an earlier member of Black Ball fleet. She was built in the mid-1930s on the hull of a previous vessel, the Peralta, whose super structure had been destroyed in a fire. In her day she was apparently one of the highlights of Puget Sound. Read the rest of this entry »

If you’re interested in ships, and you’re here in California, check out the Lady Washington, a replica of a late 18th-century ship of the same name. The original Lady Washington was the first ship to round Cape Horn and the first American ship to reach the Pacific Northwest.

The replica ship is in San Francisco through tomorrow. You can even sail with the boat on a bay sail or along certain passages, from SF to Rio Vista in the Delta, for example. When she’s not sailing you can go aboard for a tour and her friendly crew will answer questions. She’s docked at Pier 40.

The ship will be making its way down the coast to San Diego by December and back up the coast to Washington, where she’s based, in 2013.

Here’s the ship’s calendar.

Thinking of heading out to sea? In these videos a few guys trailer a boat to the Pacific Northwest (specifically the San Juan Islands) and do just that. Parts 2 and 3 after the jump.

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This is an early-70s documentary I’m watching at the moment called “Bigfoot: Man or Beast.” The film offers the opinions of both believers and skeptics, and follows a group of researchers in the Pacific Northwest as they try to catch a glimpse of one of these creatures. The film cites a string of evidence dating back to 1811 (and further back in Native American lore) as proof that there really is a population of bipedal, humanoid apes alive and well in the wilds of North America.

It even shows on-screen interviews with men who had early, now-famous, encounters in the 1920s. One reported being carried off by a bigfoot while on a prospecting trip in British Columbia. The other retells of a night he and other prospectors were attacked by a group bigfoot in Washington (after shooting at one, the film neglects to mention). It’s fascinating stuff.

Robert Morgan, the main researcher in the film, went on to write the Bigfoot Observers Field Manual offering practical advice for those interested in seeing one of these creatures up close. My girlfriend, Natalie, gave me a copy and it’s a very interesting read. He reports the creatures to be curious but wary and very clever.

Anyway, enjoy the film. It features some nice shots of vintage Land Cruisers, and a smokey, pre-EPA, tracked buggy, in action.

Watch the rest of the movie after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »