On May 18, 2018 we were blessed with this little bundle of joy named August McCoy. Our 4th grand child born to mom, Lauren and our son, Evan. They will be awesome parents. Life is full of ups and downs, and soon after little "Augie" brought joy into our world, we learned that I had a medical problem that required immediate attention -- doctors found a small tumor in my right tonsil, requiring a tonsillectomy (ouch!); followed by a seven week regimen of radiation treatments to destroy cancer cells remaining after the surgery. This was not good news for summer boating, but there was no arguing that my health had to come first. Fortunately, I was able to line up a couple of month-long charters with experienced skippers, both of whom had chartered our boats in the past. So while the Kika was away having fun on the Salish Sea, I was figuratively "dry docked" for all the summer. Finally, in early October, one month after the last treatment and following a head-to-toe PET scan, doctors declared me to be 100% cancer free! Though I was (and still am) experiencing unpleasant side effects, it was agreed that I was "good enough" to go boating again.
So off we went! It was typical fall weather for the PNW, sunny with blustery afternoon winds and cool evenings. Still, we were happy as clams to get away. Instead of our usual northbound route to the San Juans and Gulf Islands of nearby British Columbia, we opted to play it safe and make it a "staycation" cruise to destinations in and around the South Sound. After departing Anacortes, WA, we spent our first night at the Edmunds city marina, where I had my first taste of restaurant food after months of mostly protein shakes. After a celebratory toast, the Caption n' Cook were a happy crew!
Our next stop was Bell Harbor Marina on Elliott Bay, situated at the foot of downtown Seattle. The weather was perfect -- sunny and warm during our four night stay, ideal for exploring the historic Pike Place Market and to do shopping for some new clothes since I'd shed 20 pounds.
After our shopping spree and dinner on board with old friends, it was time to move on into the south sound. By then the weather had changed; instead of sun and clear skies, we ran into lingering fog and much cooler weather. But it was comfy and warm on the good ship Kika.
We're Richard and Gwen (aka, Captain n' Cook) active boaters since moving to Seattle from Los Angeles in the early 90s. In that time we've owned several interesting vessels, but this blog will record our travels on MV Kika, a 2003 Selene 47 Ocean Trawler.